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Study in Bosnia 

Do you want study in Bosnia?

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. Modern Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to be a unique blend of East and West as the result of the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires leaving their legacies here. This country is an ideal place to study conflict resolution and diplomacy as a prime example of a nation that has successfully rebuilt itself, leaving its recent dark past behind. Read more:


Admission to university in Bosnia and Herzegovina is regulated by series of laws that determine the rules of study, regulate the status of the students themselves, define positions for every level of study, etc. Each canton or county has a special law regulating the work of higher education institutions and way to study, but to all of them affect one framework law on higher education of Bosnia and Herzegovina. With this Framework Law, have been confirmed :

The rights of students:

  • The presence of lectures, seminars and other forms of teaching
  • Services libraries and other services for students
  • Participation in elections for student representations
  • To the recognition and transfer of credits between accredited higher education institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Student Obligations

  • Comply with the rules made by the institution
  • Respect for the rights of staff and other students
  • To devote their full attention to their studies and participate in academic activities.

With Framework Law is defined the student status:

The student status ends with the completion of the study program and gaining the degree to which they were enrolled, registering from the higher education institution, or when the student does not enroll next year of study, not to renew enrollment in the same year within the prescribed period, but not resting his rights and obligations of students.

The status of a full time student may be terminated if the higher education institution pronounces such a disciplinary measure. The status of a full time student and stops when a full time student has twice renewed the same study year and shall have qualified for enrollment in the next academic year.

Terms of enrollment at universities and colleges are closely defined for each of the cantons.

Law on Higher Education and the things you need to know about the Bologna Declaration HERE.

The criteria for admission to colleges and high schools in BiH

During the registration of candidates to college or high school in Bosnia and Hercegovoini, the order of candidates is defined on the basis of different criteria which may vary depending on the canton which belongs to the higher education institution and the Law on Higher Education which are subject to.

Requirements for admission to colleges and high schools:

  • Success in previous education
  • Types of previous education
  • The results achieved in the entrance exam (if provided an entrance examination)
  • The result achieved on the basis of the examination to check the aptitude (only for certain faculties)
  • Other significant results for the registration of candidates

The Entrance exam, while enrollment at universities and high schools in BiH, does not claim to all faculties. The following text will be displayed all competitions for admissions at universities, with detailed information on the conditions of entry for each of the colleges.

The duration and cycles of study at colleges and high schools in B&H

First Cycle - Basic (undergraduate) studies

The first cycle of studies at universities and high schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina takes a minimum of 3 and a maximum of four years and is valued at 180 or 240 credits. ECTS or European Credit Transfer System is a European point system, defined by the Bologna Declaration.

The second cycle of studies - Graduate Studies

The second cycle of studies lasting at least 1 and no more than two years and carry 60 or 120 credits. Right of entry open to all candidates who have previously completed the first cycle of studies.

The third cycle studies - Doctoral studies

Studies of the third cycle lasts three years and carry 180 ECTS credits. The right to enrollment have candidates who have previously completed studies of the second cycle.

The exception may be the study of dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and that last 5 or 6 years and include first and second cycle studies. This form is called integrated studies.

Documents for enrollment at colleges and high schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Documents for admission to college and high school in Bosnia and Herzegovina:

  • Birth certificate
  • The original testimony on completed grades during high school as the original diploma with final exam
  • Proof of payment of fees for the entrance examination or examination to verify the aptitude (for institutions that are deposited)

Candidates who enroll in the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports, shall be required to submit a valid medical certificate.


Type of school

Primary school

Secondary school – High school

Higher education - University


Primary education lasts for nine years. The pupils enroll in primary education when they are between 5 and 6 years old.

-               Secondary education is provided by general, vocational and technical secondary schools. Pupils graduating from general secondary schools, art schools and theology schools obtain the “Diploma of successfully finished secondary school” and can enroll in any faculty or academy by passing the qualification examination prescribed by the institution.

-              Vocational secondary schools offer courses lasting for three years and including a period of practical instruction.

-              Technical secondary schools offer courses lasting for four years. Pupils graduating from technical secondary schools obtain the Diploma and can enroll in any Faculty or Academy by passing the qualification examination prescribed by the Institution.

The B&H has eight state universities: the University of Sarajevo, the University of Banja Luka, the University of Tuzla, the University of Džemal Bijedić (East Mostar), the University of Mostar (West Mostar), the University of Bihać, the University of Zenica and the University of East Sarajevo. All higher education activities are subject to national (Republic Srpska) or cantonal (in the Federation of B&H) laws on higher education.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina has many private universities and higher schools.

Type of education





Entry: 6;  Exit :15




9 years


3+2 or 4+1


Types of higher education institutions:

Univerzitet (University)

Fakultet (Faculty)

Akademija (Academy)

School leaving and higher education credentials:

Diploma: Gimnazija(Gymnasium/high school), Umjetnička škola(Art school,) i Vjerska škola(religious school)

Diploma (Stručna škola-Vocational school)

Diploma (Tehnička škola-Technical school)

Stages of the university studies:

Diploma Visokog Obrazovanja(Diploma of the higher education)


Doktor (PhD)

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. The public defence of a doctoral thesis is required.

Main laws/decrees governing higher education:

Decree: Law on Higher Education and Law on Public Institutions of Zeničko-dobojski kanton Year: 2005

Decree: Law on Higher Education of Hercegbosanska županija Year: 2000

Decree: Law on Higher Education of Kanton Sarajevo + Amendment 22/05 Year: 2000

Decree: Law on Higher Education of Posavka županija Year: 2000

Decree: Law on Higher Education of Tuzlanski kanton + Amendements 15/0; 5/05 Year: 1999

Decree: Law on Higher Education of Zapadno-hercegovačka županija Year: 2004

Decree: Law on University (Republic Srpska) + Amendments 12/93; 14/94; 99/04 Year: 1992

Decree: Law on University of Bihać - Sanski Kanton Year: 1998

Academic year:

Classes from: Oct to: Jun

Long vacation from: 1 Jul to: 30 Sep

Languages of instruction: Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, English(some)