Study in Montenegro
Legislation covering the field of tertiary education The Montenegrin Higher Education Act was adopted in October 2003, in the same year that Montenegro officially became a Bologna signatory country.
The number of students enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes doubled in 2005/06, since 2003.
Types of tertiary education programmes and qualifications
Higher education in Montenegro is structured as a three-cycle system and includes:
- Bachelor studies (osnovne studije)
- Master studies (magistarske studije)
- Doctoral studies (doktorske studije)
A Diploma Supplement (DS) based on the official European model is issued to graduates. As of 2006/07, the DS was made mandatory for all degree programmes and it is free of charge. The content of the DS is bilingual, in both Montenegrin and English. If the student studies in one of minorities' languages, then a diploma and a diploma supplement is issued in the minority's language.
Bachelor study programmes are organised as three year courses. After one additional year, the student may be awarded a specialist diploma (the first stage of postgraduate studies), and after a further year, he or she may be awarded a Master degree.
Doctoral programmes include obligatory course work and individual research. The doctoral dissertation is the final part of the study programme, except in arts, which is an artistic programme.
Study programmes in Montenegro can be divided into two streams:
- Academic study programmes (akademske studije)
- Applied study programmes (primijenjene studije)
Only academic study programmes can lead to the diploma of Doctoral studies, while applied study programmes can lead to the level of Master.
General application requirements
Student enrolment is based on the open public competition of the universities for all study programmes.
Applicants who want to enroll for a particular study programme need to submit the following documents:
- original high school graduation certificate,
- original diploma on passed “matura”, or final examination
- birth certificate
- diploma “Luca” (the highest award issued to the best pupils based on all the best marks gained throughout the whole secondary school study period).
The matriculation or professional exam is valued with at least 15% of the total number of points obtained at admission.
Enrolment is competitive, in accordance with the results achieved during secondary school, and accordingly a ranking list is established. For enrolment in certain study programmes, additional examinations may be required.
Foreign citizen may enrol under the same conditions as Montenegrin citizens, but they need to have their diplomas recognised. If the process of diploma recognition is not finished, foreign citizen may enrol provisionally, provided that the process for diploma recognition had already been initiated. Foreign students have the status as self-financing students.
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Types of tertiary education institutions
There is only one public higher education institution in Montenegro.
The first private university started to operate in Montenegro in 2006, while the second opened in 2010.
Apart from the private universities, there are also 7 individual private faculties in Montenegro, at which around 2,400 students are studying.
Assessment, progression, certification and degree
The most common form of assessment for students is written examinations, but there are also oral examinations. Students financed from the state budget who do not fulfil the criteria to continue their studies as a budget-funded student may continue as self-financing students.
Conversely, self-financing students who pass all exams may become budget-funded students if there are places available on their study programme. Those students are chosen on credits gained and academic performance during their studies.
The final examination is an individual elaboration of a particular issue in a field related to the study programme.
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Foreign citizens may apply for a Montenegrin visa at the competent diplomatic or consular post of Montenegro in their country.
In countries where Montenegro has no diplomatic or consular post, Montenegrin visa applications may be submitted to the Serbian diplomatic or consular post. Foreign citizens in Armenia, Azerbaijan or Georgia may apply for a Montenegrin visa at the Embassy of Bulgaria in these countries.
Required documents for visa application include:PhotographValid PassportCompleted Visa Application FormInvitation Letter from a university in MontenegroReturn Air TicketTravel Voucher and evidence of sufficient funds to cover the costs of your stayInternational Health Insurance.
Ask your local embassy or consulate for detailed information about student visa application in Montenegro.