There are thirteen higher education institutions in Montenegro. These comprise one public university, two private universities, one independent public faculty and nine independent private faculties. The public institutions are funded by the state, nonetheless tuition fees for postgraduate studies are commonly required. Private institutions charge admission and enrolment fees for all levels of tuition.
The educational system follows the Bologna framework and, by extension, the EU. This allows EU citizens the same conditions for study as is available for natives; conditions for international students are subject to individual universities’ regulations, and to visa and residency requirements. The Montenegro’s institutions welcome approximately 26 000 students, 22 000 of which in the public sphere, and they participate in numerous international mobility programs, including the the Erasmus+ program of the European Union. For more information please refer to http://www.mpin.gov.me/en/ministry.
Montenegro’s educational system is governed by the European Bologna framework. It follows the ‘bachelor's master's doctorate system’, with Bachelor’s usually comprising three to four years, followed by a Master’s typically lasting two years and culminating in a Doctoral degree of three to five years. Enrolment into Bachelor’s programs is conditional on completion of a four-year secondary education, or an equivalent recognized by the university (e.g. A levels, International Baccalaureate, etc.). To be accepted to a Master’s program, students must have a relevant Bachelor degree from a recognized institution. Enrolments to undergraduate programmes are conducted on a competitive basis depending on the secondary education qualification results, however entrance exams are conducted for certain disciplines. Admissions are administered by each university individually, most commonly via its online platform. The language of instruction is Montenegrin for most programmes, there is, however, a number of programmes taught in English
In terms of financing your studies, the fees for international students at public institutions are approximately €800 per year for undergraduate programmes. Master’s programme annual tuition climbs up to around €2 000. Fees at the Doctoral level vary between €750 and €1 500 per semester, depending on the study programme profile. In spite of these relatively low tuition costs, universities in Montenegro offer financial assistance, most commonly on the need-assessed basis.
Tuition fees at private higher education institutions vary from €1 350 to €1 600 per year for Bachelor’s degrees. For Master’s programmes, a sum of €1 600 to €2 500 per year can be expected, and at the Doctorate level the fees vary from€ 2 000 to €3 000 per year.
Information for International Students
If you are a non-EU citizen, you will need to apply for a visa at the Montenegro’s embassy in the country of your residence. This needs to be done as soon as you are admitted at IUM. If you choose to live in Monaco (rather than in France, you will need to apply for a Long stay Student visa.
Requirements of transcripts of previous education and language capabilities form an integral part of virtually each admission process; for international students this entails ensuring that previous qualifications are recognized by the university.
Monthly living costs in Podgorica, the country’s capital, vary between approximately €270 to €510. A major part of this sum is attributable to accommodation, costing between €88 and €140 per month, and food, expenditure on which is comparable to that of accommodation. This calculation includes the transportation costs of up to €40 per month.