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Studying in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina is quickly becoming a draw with study abroad  students for its affordability, rich culture and easy access to a  dizzying array of outdoor activities.
Located in southeastern Europe, it boasts stunning mountain ranges  and coastal beaches along the Adriatic Sea, making it not a bad place to  call home.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has a long  academic tradition. one of the first institutions of higher education in  the South-Eastern Europe was established in Sarajevo in year 1537.  During last century Bosnia and Herzegovina has developed a respectable  and growing network of academic institutions which began  internationalizing since the independence in 1992.

  • Highly affordable and quality education
  • Degrees awarded both by domestic and international universities
  • International transfer programmes available between universities across the globe
  • Cost of living more sustainable compared to other education markets in Europe
  • Multicultural and multi-religious community with strong respect for cultural diversity
  • Friendly and welcoming local people
  • Wonderful lush natural to visit, localities with strong historical and cultural heritage
  • Safe living environment

In Sarajevo, there are four private and  one public universities. Altogether, over 50,000 students are enrolled  every year. Detailed information about each university and colleges can  be found on the website In addition, there is  also basic information about Sarajevo, description of cultural and  student life in the capital, with many other details which might be  interesting to discover for students that are pondering studying in the  Canton Sarajevo.

Structure of the Education System

  • Type of school providing this education: Primary school  (osnovna škola)
  • Length of program in years: 9
  • Age level from: 6 to: 15

  • Type of school providing: General  Secondary School, Art School, Theology School (Gimnazija, umjetničke i  vjerske škole), Vocational and Technical Schools (srednje stručne i  tehničke škole)
  • Length of program in years: 4, Age level 15 to 19
  • Certificate/diploma awarded: Diploma (Secondary School Diploma)

University level studies
  • University level first stage: First degree: Diploma Visokog obrazovanja:
  • Courses leading to the Diploma Visokog obrazovanja last from three to six years.

University level second stage
  • Second degree: Magister:
  • Courses leading to the Magister require two years' further study and the defence of a thesis.

University level third stage
  • Third degree: Doktorat:
  • The Doctorate (PhD) is the highest  scientific degree. It is the result of independent research. Public  defence of a doctoral thesis is required.

Universities in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Public Universities

  • University of Sarajevo
  • University of East Sarajevo
  • University of Banja Luka
  • University of Mostar
  • University “Džemal Bijedić” Mostar
  • University of Zenica
  • University of Bihać
  • University of Tuzla
  • University of Travnik
Private (including standalone faculties and high colleges)

  • University of Herzegovina
  • International University of Sarajevo
  • Sarajevo School of Science and Technology
  • International Burch University
  • American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • International University of Travnik
  • International University "Philip Noel Baker“
  • Faculty of public government
  • Paneuropean University ApeiroN
  • Banja Luka College
  • Banja Luka College of Communications Kappa Phi
  • High college for applied and law sciences "Prometej"
  • Slobomir P University
  • University College of Prijedor
  • University Sinergija
  • Open University ApeiroN
  • High college for business management "PRIMUS"
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