by Natasa Kurucki
A small country in south-east Europe, Serbia is home to approximately 7.3 million people, all of whom compose more than 26 ethnic groups.
A testament to its diversity, Serbia also offers international students the chance to experience and understand a place with a turbulent, yet extraordinary history. You can learn all about it while pursuing your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in any subject you choose.
If you’re interested in attending a university in Serbia, you’ll find that there are plenty of study options, accommodations, and opportunities that allow you to comfortably study and live in Serbia. Read the information below about what great study choice Serbia offers international students.
1. Spectacular university options
Serbia has 8 public and 10 private universities. In the two major cities, Belgrade and Novi Sade, students can find the top universities (both public and private) that offer English-taught options. Take a look at these excellent university options in Serbia:
- University of Belgrade (Belgrade, Serbia)
- European University (Belgrade, Serbia)
- University of Novi Sad (Novi Sad, Serbia)
There are also differences in tuition prices in Serbia. According to the official website of the country, tuition fees range between 500 euros and 2500 euros per year. Many students will discover that, depending on where they are from and whether the university is a public or private university, they may have to pay a different tuition. For more information, you’re encouraged to check your university’s specific website.
These university options offer degrees that are accredited and recognised worldwide, and students can be sure that going to Serbia for their Bachelor’s or Master’s degree will give them the best tools to learn, grow, and explore.
2. Crazy fun student lifestyle
Lots of students in Serbia live in the student dorms. Living in a student dorm in Serbia is an adventure. You’ll find people everywhere, and there is usually something to do - either sport or some activity – plus quiet places to study.
The good news for you is that Serbian universities set aside the best student dorms for exchange and foreign students. Those places are the best spots to integrate into Serbian society while, at the same time, meeting and mingling with people from all over the country, and all over the world.
3. You can experience old and new Serbian culture
One of the most popular places to visit in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is the Museum of Yugoslav History. This museum offers you the chance to get a critical look into the legacy of the former Yugoslavia, getting a critical perspective on the 20th Century political and social life, and the famous burial ground of the lifelong Yugoslav socialist president, Josip Broz Tito.
After you step out of the museum, though, you can then walk around Belgrade’s fascinating and unique city centre, coming across contemporary art exhibits, splendid restaurants, and the well-known exuberant nightlife – just before returning to the 18th Century Kalemegdan Citadel.
In one day, you can see everything from Serbia’s present and past dwelling side-by-side, bringing you into a brilliant mixture of old and new, while also showing you a big picture of Serbia’s intriguing cultural life. Curious students and interested scholars will find plenty to keep them busy, even for just one day of exploring. Imagine if you had the entirety of your study programme to look around this interesting place!
4. Students can easily explore the beautiful Balkan peninsula
We didn’t forget to leave out this important part of your adventure! Head up the Balkan mountains, or explore the various surrounding seas. Take part in some of the oldest and most legendary explorations, starting from the Aegean to the Mediterranean, to the Black Sea and the Adriatic Sea.
Students who study in Serbia will find not only easy, but also perfectly thrilling to travel around the Balkan region – to see the wonderful natural landscapes and beauty that surround this area. Bosnia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Albania, Romania, and Hungary are all waiting for you to visit, seeing all that you can see in cultural and ethnic life.
5. It’s the affordable option for frugal students
According to the cost of living index from Numbeo, Serbia is one of the most affordable countries in the world. Relative to the U.S., Turkey, Hungary, China, Greece, the U.K., Netherlands, and Australia, Serbia is not even close as expensive as the rest of these popular locations. If you go to Serbia as a student, you can easily manage cheap rent, food, shopping, and accommodations on a student budget.
To give you an idea, if we were to account for the exchange rate and currency, a 3 bedroom apartment would cost (on average) the equivalent of 390 EUR per month near the city centre; and a three-course meal for two people at a mid-range restaurant would only cost the equivalent of 17 EUR. Try getting those prices in Amsterdam!
So, if finances and funding are a big factor in where you decide to go for your Master’s or Bachelor’s degree, Serbia would certainly offer the kind of affordability that appeals to anyone on a student budget.
6. You can dance with vampires!
Okay, maybe not entirely true. But, the music of the Balkans is known to inspire the best dance moves; and in Serbia you can find the place where the term vampire was invented. You’ll, therefore, discover the place that first inspired this now endlessly popular folk character.
So, if you find yourself enjoying the legendary nightlife in Belgrade, dancing to the eclectic jazz and rhythm sounds of Balkan music, there’s a chance you’ll also participate in some of the folklore and revelry that Serbia has to offer.