Higher education in Serbia

Information about the education system Serbia started implementing Bologna Process (signed in 2003) from 2007/08 with new reformed study programmes. There are three types of higher education institutions in Serbia: universities, colleges of applied studies and colleges of academic studies. Comprehensive information on higher education in Serbia can be found at Eurypedia website: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu
List of HE institutions and study programmes available in English and other languages StudyinSerbia.rs is a database of learning opportunities available in Serbia. It contains information about study programmes offered by universities and colleges and other useful information for individuals who wish to come and teach or study in Serbia.

Private and state higher education institutions have the equal status in educational in Serbia. The higher education institutions must be accredited by the Commission for Accreditation and Quality Assurance before obtaining the working license. More on this process can be found here: http://www.studyinserbia.rs/en/cms/study-in-serbia/accreditation

Types of studies The higher education system in Serbia has two types of studies: academic studies organized at universities, and applied studies organized primarily at colleges of applied studies, and occasionally at universities as well.

Level of studies Type of studies Years ECTS
1st Undergraduate Academic Studies (Bachelor) 3-4 180-240
Bachelor Applied Studies 3 180
2nd Master Academic Studies 1-2 60-120
Master Applied Studies 2 120
Specialized Applied Studies 1 60
Specialist Academic Studies 1 60
3rd Doctoral academic courses (PhD) 3 180

* In the field of medical science (studies of medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine), integrated courses are organized in the duration of 6 years and carrying a minimum of 360 ECTS. Pharmacy studies also offer integrated courses that carry 300 ECTS.

Serbia in Erasmus+ in 2015 (2016 call) Serbia is currently participating in Erasmus+ as a partner country. Promotion and implementation of Erasmus+ programme in Serbia, as far as education parts are concerned, is delegated to the Foundation Tempus – Erasmus+ Office in Serbia (www.erasmusplus.rs). The Erasmus+ programme has three Key Actions and two separate parts – Jean Monnet and Sport. Serbian institutions can take part in certain types of projects within each of the enumerated Erasmus+ parts. In some of them Serbian institutions can be involved as applicants and partners while in others they can only participate as partners.

Type of participation
KA1 Joint master degrees As partner
KA1 International credit mobility As partner
KA2 Capacity building in higher education As applicant and partner
KA2 Knowledge alliances, sector skills alliances Partial participation*, as partner only
KA2 Strategic partnerships in education, training and youth Partial participation*, as partner only
  Jean Monnet As applicant and/or partner in most of the projects (only as partner in networks)

*Access possible but only if essential added value brought by the Partner Country

Useful resources KA2 Projects need to conform to the national priorities laid out in the Strategy for Education Development in Serbia until 2020, Action Plan for the Implementation of Strategyand relevant national documents.

These can be found at: https://erasmusplus.rs/important-for-project-contents/national-documents/?langkl=lat

Foundation Tempus – Erasmus+ Office in Serbia created a publication containing detailed information on opportunities for cooperation with institutions from Serbia: https://erasmusplus.rs/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Serbia-Opportunities-for-Cooperation.pdf?langkl=