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American Studies

The interdisciplinary doctoral programme in American Studies is an established study programme with a long tradition. It has been run continuously at the Faculty of Social Sciences since 1985 and at the Faculty of Arts continuously since 1998. With this programme, the University of Ljubljana relatively early joined a small group of universities nurturing the interdisciplinary academic approach to American Studies, which is strongly developed not only in the USA but also at many universities in Europe and worldwide. The diversity of the programme's electives from different disciplines (political science, literature and culture, history, migration, and the like) is noteworthy, as is the programme's collaboration with renowned faculty and academic institutions from the US, Canada and other countries (University of California at Davis, Washington State University, University of Manitoba, Stanford University, Cergy-Paris). This study programme also actively collaborates with relevant professional, cultural and academic associations from the area where the students are also placed.

The aim of the programme is to train experts who are well acquainted with American developments in society, culture and politics. Doctoral students will be well equipped to deal with the day-to-day tasks in their working environment in the fields of administration, media, business, diplomacy, education and research, thus also benefiting in terms of their employability and professional network. The American Studies programme is designed to broaden the academic knowledge of graduates from various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The knowledge acquired should lead to better results in various academic fields and thus to more attractive careers.


Prof. dr. Tomaž Deželan
Study field coordinator  


Ms Anita Žagar

Student affairs office  

Quick facts


Type: third level Doctoral study programme
Duration: 4 years
ECTS: 240
Language: English
Professional title: Doctor of Philosophy / doktor znanosti
General requirements for enrolment: 300 ECTS
Tuition fee: 10.600 € for programme


Foreign citizens who have completed study programme abroad may enrol in doctoral study programme if they complete the offical Slovenian procedure of recognition of foreign undergraduate education.

General competences

The main purpose of the programmes is to provide doctoral students with fundamental knowledge from their research disciplines in different fields of the humanities and social sciences, while developing the competences required for independent research and the application of knowledge at an internationally comparable level.

Internationalization of the programme

The study programme is directly linked to American studies at the Cergy Paris university (, and also cooperates in the activities of the ASEF foundation ( and the representative institutions of the United States of America in Slovenia, particularly the programmes facilitating academic collaboration and exchange.

Chair of Policy Analysis and Public Administration

The Chair actively contributes to the excellence in education, research and development of the political science discipline and profession in Slovenia, particularly from the perspective of comparative politics, public policy, political institutions and public administration. The faculty acting within The Chair of Policy Analysis and Public Administration are highly esteemed political scientists with a wide research and pedagogical opus that co-creates the European political science landscape.