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Bosnia & Herzegovina


Structure of Educational System
Pre-higher Education System
Higher Education System
Administrative structure of higher education  
Admissions to Higher Education and Recognition



INSTITUTION TYPES & CREDENTIALS

Types of higher education institutions:

Univerzitet (University)

Fakultet (Faculty)

Akademija (Academy)

 

School leaving and higher education credentials:

Diploma (Gimnazija, Umjetnička škola i Vjerska škola)

Diploma (Stručna škola)

Diploma (Technička škola)

Diploma Visokog Obrazovanja

Magistar

Doktor

 

 

STRUCTURE OF EDUCATION SYSTEM

Pre-higher education:

Duration of compulsory education:

Age of entry: 6

Age of exit: 15

Structure of school system:

Primary

Type of school providing this education: Primary school  (osnovna škola)

Length of program in years: 9

Age level from: 6 to: 15

General Secondary

Type of school providing this education: General Secondary School, Art School and Theology School (Gymnazija, umjetničke i vjerske škole)

Length of program in years: 4

Age level from: 15 to: 19

Certificate/diploma awarded: Diploma (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

Specialized Secondary

Type of school providing this education: Vocational and Technical Schools (srednje stručne i tehničke škole)

Age level from: 15 to: 19

Certificate/diploma awarded: Diploma

School education:

Primary education lasts for nine years.The pupils enrol 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 o završenoj srednjoj školi and can enrol 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 enrol in any Faculty or Academy by passing the qualification examination prescribed by the Institution.

Higher education:

The Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina has eight 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.

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

Stages of studies:

 

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.

 

Teacher education:

Training of pre-primary and primary/basic school teachers

Primary teachers (from first to ninth grade) are trained in Pedagogical Academies (Pedagoška akademija) or the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Banja Luka - Teacher Department.

Training of secondary school teachers

Secondary teachers are university graduates or graduates from Pedagogical Academies (Pedagoška akademija).

 

 

NATIONAL BODIES

Administration & co-ordination:

Responsible authorities:

Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Division of Education, Science, Culture and Sports

Administrative officer: Esma Hadžagić, Minister Assistant

Trg BiH l
71.000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tel: +387(33) 713955

Fax: +387(33) 713956

EMail: esmah@mcp.gov.ba

 

 

Federal Ministry of Education and Science

Head: Zijad Pašić, Minister

Obala Maka Dizdara 2
71.000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tel: +387(33) 663691

Fax: +387(33) 664381

EMail: fmonks@bih.net.ba

WWW: http://www.fmon.gov.ba/

 

 

Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic Srpska

Head: Antun Kasipović, Minister

Vuka Karadžica 4
78.000 Banja Luka
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tel: +387(51) 331422

Fax: +387(51) 331423

 

 

Government of Brćko District, Department of Education

Administrative officer: Vukašin Panić, Head, Department of Education

Buleval mira 1
76.100 Brćko Distrikt
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tel: +387(49) 214503

Fax: +387(49) 214503

EMail: obrazovanje@elinspanic.net

 

 

Unsko-sanski kanton, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport

Head: Šcfik Mršić, Minister

Alije Đerzeleza 6
77 101 Bihać
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tel: +387(37) 227787 (ext. 189)

Fax: +387(37) 223441

EMail: izolda@simko-bih.com

 

 

Posavska županija, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport

Head: Stipo Ivanković, Minister

Jug I bb
76 270 Orašje
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Fax: +387(31) 713356

Telex: +387(31) 713356

EMail: minist.prosvjete.yup.posavske@tel.net.ba

 

 

Tuzlanski kanton, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport

Head: Zlata Žigić, Minister

Slatine 2
75 000 Tuzla
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tel: +387(35) 281296

Fax: +387(35) 283340

EMail: monks@tk.kim.ba; hdjulaga@tk.kim.ba

 

 

Zenićko-dobojski kanton, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport

Head: Sreto Tomašević, Minister

Kućukovići 2
72 000 Zenica
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tel: +387(32) 243120

EMail: minobzdk@bih.net.ba

 

 

Bosansko-podrinjski kanton - Goražde, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport

Head: Osman Somun, Minister

Kulina bana 3
73 000 Goražde
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tel: +387(38) 224259

EMail: bpkminis@bih.net.ba

 

 

Srednjobosanski kanton, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport

Head: Branko Golub, Minister

Stanićna 43
72 270 Travnik
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tel: +387(30) 511214

Fax: +387(30) 510452

EMail: minobsbk@bih.net.ba

 

 

Hercegovaćko-neretvanska županija, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport

Head: Jago Musa, Minister

Stjepana radića 3
88 000 Mostar
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tel: +387(36) 316792

Fax: +387(36) 316792

EMail: info@mpz-hnyk.gov.ba

 

 

Zapadno-hercegovaćka kanton, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport

Head: Jozo Marić, Minister

Stjepana Radića 3
88 220 Široki Brijeg
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tel: +387(39) 703230

Fax: +387(39) 703235

EMail: pero.zelenika@tel.net.ba

 

 

Kanton Sarajevo, Ministry of Education and Science

Head: Emir Turkušić, Minister

Reisa Džemaludina Čauševića 1
71 000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tel: +387(33) 443634

Fax: +387(33) 211487

EMail: zsretko@ks.gov.ba

 

 

 

 

STUDENT LIFE

Main student services at national level

The Student Resource Centre (SRCe)

University Campus (Former M.Tito Barracks)
Zmaja od Bosne bb
71 000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tel: +387(33) 206048

Fax: +387(33) 212032

EMail: info@srce.ba

WWW: http://www.srce.ba

 

 

World University Service B&H

University Campus (Former M.Tito Barracks)
Zmaja od Bosne bb
71 000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tel: +387(33) 200070

Fax: +387(33) 650871

EMail: sarajevo@sus.ba

WWW: http://www.sus.ba

 

National student associations and unions

Student Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina Federation

Zmaja of Bosne 8
71 000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina

EMail: sas.fbih@yahoo.com

 

Student Union of Republic Srpska

Majke Jugovića 1
78 000 Banja Luka
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tel: +387(51) 347222

Fax: +387(51) 347222

EMail: predsjednik@studentskaunijars.org

WWW: http://www.studentskaunijars.org

 

 

 

GRADING SYSTEM

Main grading system used by higher education institutions

Full Description: Main grading system used at Universities of Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Tuzla, Džemal Bijedić, Bihać, Zenica and East Sarajevo: 5-10 scale with 6 as minimum pass.

Highest on scale: 10

Pass/fail level: 6

Lowest on scale: 5

Other main grading systems

Main grading system used by University of Mostar: 1-5 scale with 2 as minimum pass.

 

NOTES ON HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM

 

 

Data for academic year: 2005-2006

Source: IAU from Ministry of Civil Affairs, Sarajevo, 2006



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