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Higher Education System in The Republic of Serbia

Our Higher Education System differents 2 types of studies:

  1. Academic studies: enable students to develop and apply scientific, professional and artistic achievements
  2. Vocational studies: enable students to apply the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the working process

The Republic of Serbia joined the Bologna Process in 2003 and this has initiated the process of reforming higher education, which received its legal support in 2005 when a new Law on Higher Education was adopted. The European Credit Transfer System, three-cycle system of study and diploma supplement were formally introduced by this Law.

The University of Kragujevac is the 4th largest state university in Serbia.

Serbia currently has 17 accredited universities - 8 state universities, and 9 private universities. There are altogether 64 (47 public and 17 private) accredited colleges of applied studies, and 8 colleges providing academic study programmes at both Bachelor and Master levels.

All higher education institutions must be accredited in order to obtain the working license issued by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development.


Academic studies

The three-cycle system of academic studies includes:

  • Basic academic studies (Bachelor) lasting 3-4 years, with 180 to 240 ECTS
  • Master academic studies lasting 1 or 2 years with 60 to 120 ECTS
  • Doctoral academic studies (PhD) with a minimum of three years of study or 180 ECTS

The studies of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy and architecture are organized as integrated academic studies that last 5 or 6 years and carry 300 ie. 360 ECTS.

The second cycle of academic studies includes also specialist academic studies with the minimum duration of one year with 60 ECTS if a student has achieved a total of 300 ECTS on previous studies.

Vocational studies comprise of two levels:

  • Basic applied studies, which last three years and have 180 ECTS
  • Specialized applied studies, which carry 60 ECTS and last one year