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Orientation days for incoming students

We will soon be able to say: “Welcome to Turistica, the University of Primorska, Welcome to Slovenia and Welcome to the Slovenian coast!”

The University of Primorska  is organizing the Orientation Days for incoming students between 14 – 15 February 2019, where you can learn about the university and local area, get familiar with the administrative procedures related to your arrival to Slovenia, meet fellow students, tutors and university staff, Student Organisation of the University of Primorska and much much more.

One of the planned activities is also Country fair & Typical local dish, where students are invited to promote their country and home institution. Please bring with you any kind of promotional leaflets or other promotional material, local food, etc. !

At the web link you may find the Information about Visas, permits and other paperwork for students’ arrival to Slovenia.

We kindly ask you to consult the link HERE, where you may read our brochure – Welcome Guide with information for exchange students.

More info concerning the mobility at UP is available HERE.

Orientation days – FINAL PROGRAMME

Information event for exchange programmes

On Monday 10 December 2018 we organised the third Turistica ExChanges You – LIVE event, where students of Turistica, who experienced their mobility abroad and foreign students, who are currently on their exchange students programme at Turistica, shared their experience at European universities to those, who are interested to live it themselves. 

Many students joined us to discover their possibilities offered by the Erasmus+ programme and to gain useful information about the studies and life at Erasmus+ partner universities around Europe. Turistica currently operates in the Erasmus+ and Ceepus mobility schemes. The University of Primorska collaborates with universities outside the boundaries of the EU, for example: San Diego State University (USA), Ball State University (USA), Indiana (USA), SUIBE (China), JAIST (Japan), University of Queensland (Australia) and others.

Mobility is the perfect way for the students to grow on a personal level, gain valuable life experience, meet new cultures and accept new challenges, which can later on be useful while searching for an employment. The number of our students, who choose the exchange student programme, is increasing alongside the number of foreign students, who choose Turistica and completes part of their studies here. The latter teamed up on Monday as well and presented their destinations.

We thank all the participants for their collaboration and wish everyone a lot of successful mobilities in 2019!

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Orientation days 2018

We will soon be able to say: “Welcome to Turistica, the University of Primorska, Welcome to Slovenia and Welcome to the Slovenian coast!”

If you are wondering where you are moving to, how will the things look like and if there is anyone to support you, we can just say: “DON’T WORRY. WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED!”

What you can do, is come to Koper, Izola or Piran a few days before the semester starts and we’ll show you around the area, you’ll be able to meet professors, researchers, fellow students and arrange the necessary paperwork. It’s what we call ORIENTATION DAYS.

WHEN: 27 September – 1 October

WHO FOR: New international students (both degree-seeking and mobile)

ORGANISERS: University of Primorska, all faculties, Students Organisation of the University of Primorska, Erasmus Student Network Primorska

ANYTHING SPECIAL? Yes, bring local snacks, food and/or drinks for the country fair on Thursday!


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The University of Primorska and the Faculty of Tourism Studies Turistica welcome administrative and teaching staff from the Erasmus+ partner universities during the “International Week 2018 of the University of Primorska” that will take place from 14 to 18 May 2018.

More information in the attached Draft Programme.

The programme activities are planned for administrative staff. Teaching staff is welcome to offer guest lectures during the International Week, which have to be agreed with the faculty ( Teaching staff may also participate in the programme activities. Participation in the scheduled programme is free of charge. Other costs such as travel and accommodation are covered by the participants themselves.

To apply please fill in the online application form available at: by 29 March 2018 at the latest. The selection of candidates will be done by 4 April 2018.

For accommodation possibilities and other information please contact:

Turistica student wins 3rd place at the European Young Chef Award

The European Young Chef Award is a competition promoted by the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Art and Tourism (IGCAT) from Barcelona. Encouraged by assist. prof. Aleš Gačnik, who is also a member of the international IGCAT group of experts, Turistica’s student Filip Matjaž participated in this prominent European competition. Filip has been flourishing for several years as a creative young chef and as a member of the Slovenian Young Chef Team. He gained his cooking skills in their family restaurant Tomi in Portorož.

Filip Matjaž represented the Mediterranean Slovenia (Primorska region) with the dish Taste of the Slovenian Sea and won the excellent third place, and thus became a mentor for future young chefs and at the same time the IGCAT ambassador for the Primorska region. Under the guidance of prof. Aleš Gačnik, the latter is preparing to apply for the status of European Region of Gastronomy. The winner, Aisling Rock from Galway – West Ireland, European Region of Gastronomy 2018 impressed the panel with her dish: Mackerel, Pickle, Sheep Yoghurt. The silver went to the Finnish Kuopio, Region of Gastronomy 2020, with the dish Blueberry pie gone to forest prepared by Josi Polso.

The first day of the competition, the participants presented a traditional dish to the jury panel; however, the next day they upgrade it with a modern version of it. Filip’s story was inspired by the tradition of the Istrian winds, full of vegetables, which are a base for every “Brodet” (fish stew), accompanied with the delights that the Slovenian sea has to offer.

He presented the innovative Istrian Brodet on an enamel plate produced in Slovenia. He first arranged it with vegetables and a clam cake, and so presented the seabed and Istrian garden. He placed the cuttlefish on the cake as it swims just above the seabed. On the top, he added pieces of fish in a threadlike pastry with which he portrayed a fishnet full of fish. Next to it, he served a sauce of traditional Istrian Brodet in an enamel cup, which was once used as a ladle. A final touch for the innovative version of the Brodet was the scampi salt that was prepared out of scampi and salt from the Sečovlje saltpans. To prepare his dish Filip used only the best sea delights and completed it with organic vegetables, produced in the Slovenian Istriaorgana, the Vinakoper malvasia wine and extra virgin olive oil from the Morgan olive farm.

Filip’s culinary motto says that every dish should represent the region, history and people living there. The dish reflects the region’s gastronomic identity, which allows guests to feel the destination. Furthermore, this is the exact content of his dissertation, which he is preparing under the guidance of prof. Aleš Gačnik.

Photo: IGCAT archive


MOOC “Tourism Management at World Heritage Sites”

We are pleased to announce that the enrolment to the MOOC “Tourism Management at World Heritage Sites”, offered by the Universities members of the UNESCO UNITWIN network “Culture, Tourism, Development” is now open! What a great opportunity!

The MOOC introduces tourism at UNESCO World Heritage Sites by covering Communication Technologies, Economy, Management and Planning, etc. It is directed to policy makers, site managers, students and people active in the tourism industry.

The course comprises 8 modules (one each week) and all materials will be available for 1 year. After successfully completing the course, you will receive a free course completion certificate.

assoc. prof. Aleksandra Brezovec

Turistica’s associate professor Aleksandra Brezovec is among the pedagogical team that will  spread their knowledge in tourism.

The MOOC is open for everyone, especially professions involved in tourism.

More information here.

Dream, believe and achieve

At Turistica the last days of September were marked by study, mobility and interculturalism. We welcomed our international students on 28 September 2017 in Koper and later on in Portorož, at our Faculty, where we organised the “Who are my fellow students?” event. In the following days we organised various events in the frame of the “Improvement of Higher Education internationalisation” programme.

On Friday we took a more interactive approach, which called upon active cooperation between the students, and we got to know the students, their motivation and expectations better.

In the first semester Turistica will host 24 Erasmus+ students and 6 foreign students on the Tourism Enterprise Management study programme, which is being taught in English as well from this study year on.


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Visit from prof. Michael Belch

On Friday 22 September we hosted prof. Michael Belch from San Diego State University. During his visit we discussed the possibilities of future cooperation. SDSU and Turistica have been cooperationg for a long time, in the last years even in the frame of the Erasmus+ project.

Prof. Belch is a distinguished marketing professor and co-author of the best selling textbook, Advertising and Promotion: An Integrated Marketing Communications Perspective.

More information about prof. Belch: here.

From left to right: dr. Gorazd Sedmak, Vice Dean, dr. Aleksandra Brezovec, , Vice Dean, prof. Michael Belch, mag. Žana Čivre, Assistant, dr. Janez Mekinc, Dean



Erasmus+ exchange beyond EU borders

Turistica is well aware of the importance of international visitors and strives towards an active involvement in the Erasmus+ programme, and thus increases the number of visits of distinguished foreign lecturers and partners each year. May 2017 was a significant month for us. We successfully completed all planned activities in the frame of the first Erasmus+ mobility of individuals between programme and partner countries (KA107) and carried out all planned mobilities with partner countries from the United States of America.

The Erasmus+ programme enables participants and universities to gain new knowledge and exchange experience, offers a positive influence on personal and professional development and on the changes in the pedagogical process.

Between June 2015 and May 2017 Turistica carried out 12 mobilities with partner universities rom the US; 6 outgoing and 6 incoming, both for the purpose of teaching and training.

Incoming mobilities for the purpose of teaching:

Incoming mobilities for the purpose of training:

Outgoing mobilities for the purpose of teaching:

Outgoing mobilities for the purpose of training:

Turistica continues with the Erasmus+ mobility projects of individuals between programme and partner countries (KA107) in 2016 and 2017. We plan 18 new mobilities in the following countries: USA, Australia, Japan, China, Argenitina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia.

Visit from the US students

On Monday, 23 May 2016 professors and students from the Ball State University (Indianapolis, USA) visited us in the sphere of their traditional annual study excursion in Europe. We prepared them a presentation of our university and faculty and organised a meeting with our students. They also visited Piran and the mayor Peter Bossman, as Piran and Indianapolis are “sister” cities. Turistica and Ball State University are long time partners, and last year we also received funds in the sphere of the Erasmus+ project for the purpose of staff exchange.

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Bossman obisk Ball State
Photo: Slavica Tucakov