Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Structure of Higher Education System


According to the Framework Law on Higher Education in BiH (“Official Gazette of BiH”, No. 59/07), higher education institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina comprise universities and colleges. The title “university” is limited to the higher education institutions undertaking both teaching and research, offering academic degrees in all three cycles, while the title “college” (visoka skola) is limited to higher education institutions accredited to offer first cycle diplomas and degrees. All higher education activities are subject to national (Republic Srpska) or cantonal (in the Federation of B&H) laws. Access to higher education is granted to all students having completed four years of secondary school.

Stages of studies

University level first stage

First cycle

The first cycle leading to the academic title of completed undergraduate studies (Bachelor’s degree) is obtained after three to four years of full time study following a secondary...

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