Higher education institutions in Serbia consist of colleges and universities that are either public or private. Serbia has 8 public and 10 private universities, 63 colleges of applied sciences, and 8 colleges of academic studies. These institutions are regulated by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. Higher education in Serbia has two types of studies: academic studies, which are taken at universities, and applied studies, which are taken at colleges of applied studies or at universities. Academic studies include Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate studies, while applied studies consist of Bachelor, Specialist, and Master’s applied studies. For more information, please visit the Ministry’s website at

Educational Structure
Serbia’s higher education adopts the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), three-cycle system of study, and diploma supplement. The three-cycle system includes Bachelor’s studies lasting 3 to 4 years, Master’s studies lasting 1 to 2 years, and Doctoral studies lasting at least 3 years. Each study carries a specific number of ECTS credits. For medical fields, studies are organised through integrated studies that last 6 years. Graduates who complete a course of study receive a diploma supplement that describes the knowledge and skills acquired by holders of higher education degrees. Requirements for Bachelor programmes include completing four years of secondary education and passing the entrance exam. Admission for postgraduate studies varies per programme. Master’s programmes typically require completion of a Bachelor’s programme with minimum ECTS points, and Doctoral studies require completion of a Master’s programme with minimum ECTS points. 

The principal language of instruction is Serbian, but some institutions offer English-taught study programmes. Many colleges and universities offer opportunities for foreign students such as consultations with professors in English or in other foreign languages. 

Tuition fees of Serbian citizens who study in public institutions are either financed by the state or paid by the students. All private institutions charge tuition fees. For international students, the tuition fees paid may sometimes differ from those paid by locals. Tuition fees are set by the institution and usually range from 1000 to 5000 euros annually. 

Information for International Students
Students who wish to take up higher education in Serbia must have their diplomas recognised by the state. Prior to arriving in Serbia, applicants must obtain a short-term, or entrance visa. They must extend this visa upon arrival and obtain a resident visa after enrolment.