Why Study Forestry?
- Because it provides you with holistic knowledge on forests, which cover more than 60% of the area of Slovenia, and qualifies you for holistic ecosystem management of forests in line with close-to-nature, multipurpose and sustainable principles.
- Because it produces new knowledge that will help provide benefits for people based on sustainable management and the use of natural resources. The study is ecologically oriented with economic and technical elements.
- Because the need for forestry experts is increasing due to the high share of forest in Slovenia and due to its prominent importance. Experts will be needed in research and educational institutions, the Slovenia Forest Service, forestry companies, private forests, and governmental and non-governmental organisations. The close-to-nature tradition opens up career opportunities worldwide.
Features of the study programme
- Study activities are conducted in smaller groups and are based on a personal approach; the students known each other very well.
- A varied collection of elective subjects offers interdisciplinary knowledge from various forest-related areas that are the foundation for professional work.
- One of the most important parts of the study are the field excursions and other exercises in the field (check out this short movie).
What about scholarship?
The Pahernik fundation advocates close-to-nature forest management, encourages youth to take up forestry studies and supports research and pedagogical work in forestry, and thus promotes the development of the forestry profession. Since 2009, more than 90 scholarships have been granted. In 2019/20, the monthly scholarship amounted to 400 €.
Tutors, exchanges and the Forestry Student Association
- Tutors are students that help other students. They are usually second and higher year students that provide younger students with direction and advice regarding studies and everyday student life.
- Students might opt for an Erasmus+ practice exchange that lasts from 2 to 12 months at each study circle. The department also collaborates with other EU countries, such as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, North Macedonia and Turkey. Students can also engage in the Erasmus+ study exchange in those countries from 3 to 12 months.
- Students can also connect in the Forestry Student's Association, which provides many extracurricular and social activities. The association is linked with other associations all around the world and is a member of the International Forestry Student Association (IFSA).
Those possessing a Bachelor of Forestry might opt for employment in civil services, the public forest service, logging companies, research institutions and others. The most relevant fields are listed below (see also: useful links):
- Forest management
- Forest and ornamental arboriculture
- Arboristics and urban forestry
- Forestry entrepreneurship and company leadership
- Wood market, wooden buildings
- Use of geo-information systems
- Environmental impact assessment
- Research and science
- Extension and education
- Recreation in forests and environmental tourism
- Environmental education and forest pedagogy
- Public forest service (Slovenia Forest Service) all around Slovenia