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Тypes of Higher Education Institutions

There are 4 types of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Serbia:

  • Universities,
  • Colleges of Applied Studies,
  • Colleges and
  • Academies of Applied Studies.

Under the Law on Higher Education, University is an independent higher education institution, which can carry out academic, and/or vocational/applied study programmes at each of the three levels of study. Faculties and art academies are constituent parts of university and – albeit separate legal entities - cannot exist independently. Both faculties and art academies can carry out academic and/or vocational/applied study programmes at all of the three levels of study.

College of academic studies is an independent higher education institution entitled to organize and conduct only first and second-cycle study programmes (Bachelor and Master academic studies).

College of applied studies is an independent higher education institution entitled to organize first and second-cycle study programmes (vocational studies at Bachelor, Master and specialized levels).

Academy of applied studies is an institution that integrates several vocational study colleges. Тhe higher education system currently does not include any such institution.