Academic information

If you are going to be part of the education system at the University of Sarajevo, it is important to get to know with all academic information:

If admitted at the University of Sarajevo for your exchange mobility, in order to follow lessons, take exams and receive necessary documents, it is needed to officially enroll at the host member institution of the University of Sarajevo. During your nomination and application procedure you have provided all necessary application documents, but after arriving to Sarajevo, you need to register officially at the faculty or academy of the University of Sarajevo (enrollment) by purchasing needed enrollment documents: index and forms (which can be purchased at the Rectorate of the University of Sarajevo – III floor, price for full package is 30,00 BAM/15 EUR). These documents are needed to be filled in by you and given to the Student services office at the host member institution of the University of Sarajevo. Additional documents to include with enrollment papers is your birth certificate which you need to bring from your home country.

Index/grade book
Index represents grade book – small, dark blue handbook in which all your grades will be written by professors and serve as a proof of your enrollment and later for issuing transcript of record. Every student has one. The index identifies you as a student at the University and you must remember to bring it when you sign up for and/or take your exams.

Most member institutions of the University of Sarajevo require that you register for exams. When you begin your studies, we recommend that you inquire about how and when to register for exams in the faculties/department(s) where you are studying. Note that the procedure and deadline may vary depending on the department. It is extremely important that you register correctly and in due time for exams as you will otherwise not be allowed to take the exam(s). At the University of Sarajevo students are assessed after taking one of the following types of examinations or active participation. In addition, some courses may require the successful completion of written as well as oral assignments during the semester.

Grading system
Academic performance is either graded according to the 6 – scale or evaluated by a pass/fail. If your home institution requires that all your work be evaluated according to the 6 – scale this may be arranged with the lecturer. After completing your period of study at the University of Sarajevo, you will receive a transcript of your academic record. A 5 -10 grading scale is used at the University of Sarajevo (with 6 as a pass level).

10 (Excellent) > A
9 (Very good) > B
8 (Good) > C
7 (Satisfactory) > D
6 (Sufficient) > E
5 (Fail) > FX

ECTS – European Credit Transfer System
1 ECTS credit is equivalent of approx. 25 working hours. The annual workload is 60 ECTS credits (per semester is 30 ECTS). The University of Sarajevo is committed to the implementation of the ECTS, which eases the process of credit transfer among EU universities. The number of credits awarded for each bachelor and graduate course varies depending on the workload. To make sure that you are able to transfer the credits earned at the University of Sarajevo, it is important that your home institution approves your intended study programme. Be aware that credits for courses are only awarded if you meet the course requirements. Studying is a full time job, and in addition to attending classes, you will be expected to spend much time doing research in the library.

Degree and qualifications
The higher education system in Bosnia and Herzegovina is organised in three cycles as follows:
The first cycle of 180 – 240 ECTS (three or four years of full time study) to obtain the degree of Bachelor.
The second cycle of 60 – 120 ECTS (one or two years of full time study) leads to a Master degree (total of 300 ECTS – with the first cycle).
The third cycle of 180 ECTS (three years of full time study and/or research) to obtain a PhD degree.