Welcome To Serbia

Why Study in Serbia ?

Crazy fun student lifestyle

Lots of students in Serbia live in the student dorms. Living in a student dorm in Serbia is an adventure. You’ll find people everywhere, and there is usually something to do – either sport or some activity – plus quiet places to study.The good news for you is that Serbian universities set aside the best student dorms for exchange and foreign students. Those places are the best spots to integrate into Serbian society while, at the same time, meeting and mingling with people from all over the country, and all over the world.

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 You can experience old and new Serbian culture

One of the most popular places to visit in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is the Museum of Yugoslav History. This museum offers you the chance to get a critical look into the legacy of the former Yugoslavia, getting a critical perspective on the 20th Century political and social life, and the famous burial ground of the lifelong Yugoslav socialist president, Josip Broz Tito.

After you step out of the museum, though, you can then walk around Belgrade’s fascinating and unique city centre, coming across contemporary art exhibits, splendid restaurants, and the well-known exuberant nightlife – just before returning to the 18th Century Kalemegdan Citadel.

In one day, you can see everything from Serbia’s present and past dwelling side-by-side, bringing you into a brilliant mixture of old and new, while also showing you a big picture of Serbia’s intriguing cultural life. Curious students and interested scholars will find plenty to keep them busy, even for just one day of exploring. Imagine if you had the entirety of your study programme to look around this interesting place!

Students can easily explore the beautiful Balkan peninsula

We didn’t forget to leave out this important part of your adventure! Head up the Balkan mountains, or explore the various surrounding seas. Take part in some of the oldest and most legendary explorations, starting from the Aegean to the Mediterranean, to the Black Sea and the Adriatic Sea.

Students who study in Serbia will find not only easy, but also perfectly thrilling to travel around the Balkan region – to see the wonderful natural landscapes and beauty that surround this area. Bosnia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Albania, Romania, and Hungary are all waiting for you to visit, seeing all that you can see in cultural and ethnic life.

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It’s the affordable option for frugal students

According to the cost of living index from Numbeo, Serbia is one of the most affordable countries in the world. Relative to the U.S., Turkey, Hungary, China, Greece, the U.K., Netherlands, and Australia, Serbia is not even close as expensive as the rest of these popular locations. If you go to Serbia as a student, you can easily manage cheap rent, food, shopping, and accommodations on a student budget.

To give you an idea, if we were to account for the exchange rate and currency, a 3 bedroom apartment would cost (on average) the equivalent of €358,85 per month near the city centre; and a three-course meal for two people at a mid-range restaurant would only cost the equivalent of €16,18. Try getting those prices in Amsterdam!

So, if finances and funding are a big factor in where you decide to go for your Master’s or Bachelor’s degree, Serbia would certainly offer the kind of affordability that appeals to anyone on a student budget.


Higher education system has two types of studies:

academic studies organized at universities, and
applied profession-oriented studies organized either at colleges of applied studies or at universities.
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.
Serbia joined the Bologna Process in 2003 and thus initiated a gradual reform process, which received its legal support in 2005 by the adoption of a new Law on Higher Education. This law formally introduced the European Credit Transfer System, three-cycle system of study and diploma supplement. From 2007/08 all new students study under the new reformed study programmes at all higher education institutions.

Academic studies

The three-cycle system of academic studies includes:
Basic academic studies (Bachelor) lasting 3-4 years, with 180 to 240 ECTS,
Master studies lasting 1-2 years with 60 to 120 ECTS, and
Doctoral studies (PhD) with a minimum of three years of study or 180 ECTS.
In the field of medical science (the studies of medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine) studies are organized through integrated studies that last 6 years and must carry a minimum of 360 ECTS. Also, integrated pharmacy studies with 300 ECTS have been introduced.
In addition, the second cycle of academic studies includes specialist academic studies with the minimum duration of one year with 60 ECTS if a student has achieved a total of 300 ECTS in previous studies.
Applied studies

Vocational studies comprise of two levels:

Basic applied studies, which last three years and have 180 ECTS, and
Specialized applied studies, which carry 60 ECTS and last one year.
All higher education institutions must be accredited in order to obtain the working license issued by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. Private higher education institutions (not founded by the state) have the same status as public ones.