Study in Montenegro: the ultimate guide for a Bachelor in 2024
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The Ultimate Guide to Studying in Montenegro in 2024

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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.

English language courses in MontenegroFind a wide selection of English language courses offered in Montenegro in order to meet English language requirements for university admission. Compare all types of language learning options in English language schools in Montenegro, from general or intensive English lessons, exam preparation English classes, business English courses, teacher training, and more. Select one of the diverse English class options in Montenegro:

  • English language courses in Podgorica

Study visa

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:

  • Photograph
  • Valid Passport
  • Completed Visa Application Form
  • Invitation Letter from a university in Montenegro
  • Return Air Ticket
  • Travel Voucher and evidence of sufficient funds to cover the costs of your stay
  • International Health Insurance.
  • Ask your local embassy or consulate for detailed information about student visa application in Montenegro.

    Living in Montenegro

    • Foreign student tuition fees cost 1000 to 3000 Euro per year.
      • A regular meal in an inexpensive restaurant is about 8 EUR
      • Renting a one-room apartment outside the city centre is over 225 EUR per month.
      • A three-room apartment outside the city centre is about 325 and up.
      • There are four National Parks in Montenegro. The National Park Durmitor attracts many tourists because of its amazing natural beauty.
      • Hiking, Biking, Mountaineering, Walking, Swimming, Skiing, Bungee Jumping, Rafting are only part of the activities in which you can enjoy in Durmitor.
      • A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Bay of Kotor is Europe"s southernmost fjord and the largest natural harbour in the eastern Mediterranean.
      • The official language is Montenegrin, essentially the same as Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian.
      • Stunning mountainous landscapes, dramatic coastlines, historic monuments and beautiful walled towns.
      • Montenegro is an ecological state.
      • Through the numerous event and festivals, the tourist gets the opportunity to learn more about the traditions and customs of this country.
      • Our Lady of the Rock (Gospa od Skrpjela) is a little island in Boka Bay, with an amazing church and museum.
      • Many small restarurants on the Perast coast will offer you great fish specialities. This is for sure, one of the TOP places in this part of Europe.
      • Skadar/Scadar/Scutari Lake is the largest lake on the Balkan Peninsula.

    About Montenegro

    Montenegro covers solely around 14.000 km2 and it only has about 670.000 citizens.

    During centuries of its rich history, Montenegro has survived and remained one of the brightest models for the fight for freedom, for its own existence, and a place of which people always spoke with respect. Christian, Muslim, Illyrian, Byzantine, Turkish, and Slav civilizations merged here making Montenegro forever a crossroad of culture and history.

    Montenegro has changed its name many times, from the Latin era under the mane of Prevalis, to the medieval state Zeta, and then to the modern name Crna Gora (MONTENEGRO). As the name changed, so did the land, thanks to the influence of all the civilizations, which for a shorter or longer period settled the territory of Montenegro, turning it into a mosaic of cultural heritage.

    Montenegro, under this name, dates back to the 15th century, and for hundreds of years it managed to keep its independency from the Ottoman Empire. After World War I it became part of the Kingdon of Serbs, Croats and Slovens and part of Yugoslavia in 1929. After the dissolution of Yugoslavia in 1992, Montenegro formed a loose union with Serbia and became completely independent after the referendum in 2006.

    Even though small, with only 411 km of state borders, Montenegro opens towards Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Croatia as land neighbours.

    Through the integration processes, Montenegro is becoming the full right member of the South-Eastern Association of states. Its political and strategic position and peace loving orientation make it a factor of stability in the region, and a partner for bigger and more powerful countries. As a young state, in terms of independence, in just a few months it managed to get the acceptance from the North–Atlantic International Institution, which gave hope to the goal of the Montenegro state – to preserve itself and its cultural identity, and to in a best possible way contribute, with its existence, to the progress of the entire region.

    Podgorica is the capital and biggest city in Montenegro. Bigger towns on the shore, observed from the south, are Ulcinj, a medieval fortification, which is surrounded by many romantic legends and stories about people who have visited it, defended it and conquered it. Bar is the centre of early medieval culture, and the biggest harbour in this part of the Mediterranean.

    Montenegro is a republic with a President elected for 5 years and a Prime Minister headig the Government for the executive branch. For a legislative body, Montenegro has an unicameral Assembly of 81 members. It has a Constitutional Court and a Supreme Court as judicial branch.

    Montenegro is a member of the UN and a candidate for membership of the European Union and NATO.

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    How to Apply to a Master's in Montenegro

    If you've decided to study a Master's degree at a university in Montenegro, you will have to gather the right documents to prove that you fit the university requirements. Provide complete personal information, previous qualifications, financial information, and a personal statement.

    What documents do I need to provide to apply in Montenegro?

    To apply to a university in Montenegro you will likely be asked to provide some of the following documents:

    • birth certificate;
    • recent photos;
    • your passport or national identity card;
    • one or more reference letters from past employers or teachers;
    • copies of past diplomas or certificates, including your graduated Bachelor's degree;
    • academic transcripts;
    • letter of intent;
    • Curriculum Vitae;
    • Some form of proof that you can support your stay in the country during your studies.

    Depending on the subject or specialization of your chosen Master's, you might also be asked to provide scores for additional tests like the GRE, GMAT or LSAT. Check if your programme requires any of these, or others.

    The list of documents depends on the specific requirements of universities in Montenegro so you might be asked to include additional documents. It’s also likely you’ll have to provide official English translations of your documents, or translations in the local language.

    Prove your English skills

    Because you’ll study an international degree in English, you'll have to present a language certificate. Some popular options for international students are IELTS, TOEFL or C1 Advanced language certificates. You’ll have to meet a minimum language score set by the university, and your test scores shouldn’t be older than 1-2 years. If you don’t meet the minimum language requirements, you will have to improve your skills and scores by taking an English preparation course.

    Application deadlines for Montenegro

    The deadlines for applying to a Master's in Montenegro are usually during summer (June-July), or in winter (January-February). Keep in mind that some universities don’t have application deadlines, which means you can apply whenever you are ready.

    To avoid delays or missed deadlines send your required documents with plenty of time in advance.

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    Find Bachelor's Degrees in Montenegro

    Education initiatives created in the past years greatly encourage university international cooperation and academic exchange attracting Bachelors degree students and staff from all over the world. These policies also facilitate mobility of students, graduates and higher education staff. Specialized institutions help prepare students for their future careers and, most importantly, they offer broad global access to high-quality higher education.

    The possibility to study worldwide, for instance in Australia, Asia, Europe or North America, opens up opportunities to see more of the world. Not just because you would have the opportunity to travel, but also because it is becoming increasingly easier to go abroad to follow a semester at a different university. There is a wide range of different study options, and one of them can prove to be your dream Bachelors degree programme.

    The number of English-taught Bachelors degrees in the world has increased explosively in the last couple of years. Some of the countries with the most English-taught study programmes include Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States. However, higher education is often delivered in English in many other countries as well. From highly ranked research universities to smaller, specialised universities, the choices are endless.

    Bachelors Degree

    A bachelors degree is an academic degree earned for an undergraduate course of study that could range in length of time. This depends on the country, discipline and sometimes the education institution. There is usually a difference between professional and academic bachelor programmes. A professional bachelor?s degree usually takes 4 to 5 years to complete, while an academic bachelor is 3 years long, in most countries. Although this is not always a general rule.

    Bachelors degrees exist in almost every country in the world. The study programmes mainly lead to degrees such as: Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Law (LL.B.), Bachelor of Business (B.BA), amongst others.

    A one-year honours degree can be achieved after the completion of a regular Bachelors degree in the same field. Sometimes, this means one year of research culminating with a written thesis. It is usually available only to students who achieve high scores in their previous years of undergraduate studies.

    At some universities, you have the option of a joint honours degree. This requires at least half of the credits required for each of the respective majors (two subject areas). The subject areas do not have to be highly related, but they usually overlap both faculties and subjects.

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    Netherlands
    Netherlands
    The Netherlands is a very popular study destination. Internationals choose this beautiful country because Dutch universities are some of the best in Europe, the living standards are high, foreigners are always welcome, and you get to live in one of the happiest and safest countries in the world. The Netherlands is also renowned for innovative technologies and engineering solutions, which is reflected in the wide range of Engineering degrees offered by universities. English is spoken by around 90% of Dutch citizens, so forget about language barriers. Also, bike lanes and the “cycling culture” will help you to stay fit and healthy, and there are diverse job opportunities and internships for international students.
    Finland
    Finland
    Finland is an excellent choice for all internationals and especially for EU/EEA students who can study at local public universities for free. The beautiful Nordic country has one of the best education systems in the world and ranks among the safest and happiest nations in the world. You can also choose from over 400 English-taught programmes. In your spare time, you can explore the breathtaking Finnish nature and landscapes, as well as the numerous lakes that give the country the nickname ‘The Land of a Thousand Lakes.’ From here, you can easily travel to neighbouring countries like Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, or Estonia.
    France
    France
    France is a study destination whose romance, academic environment, and style of life charm thousands of international students every year. Students can enjoy the best of both worlds: the chance to enrol at top-ranked European universities while paying some of the lowest tuition fees worldwide. The Hexagon, a local nickname for France, is a multicultural hub, allowing you to meet, get to know, and develop friendships with people from all over the globe. There’s also a significant number of English-taught degrees (over 1,500). You can also learn French, the language of love, which will allow you to enjoy even more the local cuisine and touristic attractions and will make you a stand-out applicant on the job market.
    Ireland
    Ireland
    Ireland is among the top countries in the world in terms of quality of life, peace, safety, and development. It represents an appealing blend of beautiful landscapes, English-speaking environments, and a strong, welcoming, and rich culture — of which the Irish people are very proud. International students also enjoy the full support of Irish universities, which hire and train staff that are able to help with accommodation, studies, visa details, or any other challenge.
    Norway
    Norway
    Norway is a paradise for anyone who wants to study abroad for free. Public universities don’t charge any tuition fees. This policy applies to all international students, regardless of their nationality. The academic standard is very high, and professors are easy to approach, always willing to go the extra mile for their students. Additionally, classes are organised in small groups, which further improves learning and cooperation. You can choose from a wide range of English-taught programmes, and you don’t need to worry about language barriers outside of classes either, because most Norwegians speak English as a second language. Internationals should find it easy to adapt to Norway’s society, which is based on equality and fair opportunities — reflected both in the legal system and in people’s behaviour.
    Greece
    Greece
    Greece is the cradle of European civilization and the birthplace of philosophy. Greek universities and colleges have a long history in academics, attracting international students from all over the world. Classes are not typically formal, so you can expect open discussions between students and professors, in line with the classical philosophical debate tradition. EU/EEA students don’t pay any tuition at public universities, while non-EU/EEA citizens pay low fees. In Greece, you’ll also enjoy the well-known local hospitality and the wonderful Mediterranean climate. There are many landmarks and monuments waiting to be explored, including the Acropolis, Delphi, the Parthenon, and many others.
    Sweden
    Sweden
    Sweden is a very ambitious, eco-friendly, and visionary country. For example, by 2040, it aims to produce all its energy from renewable sources. Universities play an important role in achieving development goals, thanks to their world-class research facilities. If you’re from the EU/EEA, you can study at public universities for free. As a student, you will discover and easily adopt the three main values of Swedish society: freedom, equality, and sustainability. These values are reflected in every aspect of the local society, and you’ll quickly learn to appreciate them. Language barriers are also almost non-existent since around 80% of Swedes speak English.
    Switzerland
    Switzerland
    Switzerland has one of the most advanced free-market economies, which is reflected in the high living standards and the satisfaction of people living here. In terms of higher education, Swiss universities are constantly ranked among the best in Europe, and they shine in areas like Business, Tourism, Culinary Arts, and Engineering. When compared to Western universities, tuition fees in Switzerland are affordable, and all studies — especially PhD programmes — are world-class. You’ll have the opportunity to develop in a multilingual environment and try learning international languages like German, French, or Italian. If you settle down here, the unemployment rates are low, and salaries are well above the European average.
    United Kingdom
    United Kingdom
    Universities in the UK are some of the most highly regarded in the world, and for good reasons. Some of the world's most highly regarded research takes place in British universities, which are regularly featured in international rankings. While studying in the UK, you will be able to develop in a highly multicultural environment with high chances of pursuing lucrative careers after graduation. The teaching in the UK is designed to encourage new idea generation, encouraging individual research and group cooperation, through class discussions and creative assignments.
    Canada
    Canada
    Canada is one of the most popular study destinations in the world due to its high focus on the quality of its universities and its emphasis on attracting international students who can later immigrate. Canadians are very welcoming to international students and they invest a lot into making sure students are safe, treated fairly, and enjoy their stay in the country. Study in one of the strongest economies in the world while enjoying a high living standard and a flexible study environment. Classes have smaller student groups ensuring everyone gets the attention they need, and encouraging group assignments and debates.
    United States
    United States
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    Israel
    Israel
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    Australia
    Australia
    By studying in Australia you will take advantage of the great student environment both inside and outside classrooms. In addition to some of the best business and engineering schools in the world, you will be able to explore a greatly developed country that still retains its wild side with its warm climate, beautiful beaches, and the Great Outback, with over 500 national parks. Many Australian universities provide internships and work placements, preparing students early on for the job market.

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