The University of Primorska, the third university to be founded in Slovenia, was established in 2003 as one of the major projects entrusted to the Primorska region by the the country of Slovenia after it had become independent. As a border-region educational institution, the university welcomes international exchange. The restructuring of its programme in accordance with the Bologna Declaration proceeded in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport.
The university organises 33 undergraduate and 26 postgraduate study programmes in 6 faculties, which comprise the following: the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Management, and the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies (situated in Koper); as well as the Faculty of Tourism Studies – Turistica in Porotorž and the Faculty of Health Sciences and Livade University Campus in Izola.
Research is carried out by the Science and Research Centre of Koper (UP SRC).
The University of Primorska is a member of several international networks: the Mediterranean Universities Network for Sustainable Development (SD), which focuses on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD); the European Universities Association (EUA); the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED); the Rectors' Conference of the Universities of the Alps Adriatic Region (AARC); and the Slovenian Rectors' Conference.
It also provides opportunities for student and staff exchanges within the following programmes: ERASMUS, CEEPUS, and EGP Norway Grants. It holds bilateral agreements with universities and research institutions in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Israel, Kosovo, Mexico, Poland, Serbia, Taiwan, and the United States.