Degree system

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.

Three-cycle system of study

  • 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.

European Credit Transfer System

The academic year normally starts in October with lectures lasting until June and it consists of two semesters. The full-time workload for one academic year is 60 ECTS credits.

ECTS makes teaching and learning in higher education more transparent across Europe and facilitates the recognition of all studies. The system allows for the transfer of learning experiences between different institutions, greater student mobility and more flexible routes to gain degrees. It also aids curriculum design and quality assurance. For more information on ECTS please click here.

Diploma supplement

After completing a course of study at higher education institutions in Serbia, apart from their diploma graduates receive a diploma supplement.

Diploma supplement is a document describing the knowledge and skills acquired by holders of higher education degrees which provides additional information to that included in the official degrees / diplomas and/or transcript, making it more easily understood, especially by employers or institutions outside the issuing country.


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