Academic information

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

WINTER SEMESTER 2019/2020

  • WELCOME DAY: Monday, 30 September 2019
  • Classes: 7 October 2019 – 10 January 2020
  • Exams period: 20 January – 14 February 2020

SUMMER SEMESTER 2019/2020

  • WELCOME DAY: Monday, 17 February 2020
  • Classes: 24 February – 5 June 2020
  • Exams period: June/July 2020

ACCOMMODATION

You can apply for student accommodation using the contact details at our Student dorm or to contact Erasmus Student Network for private accommodation.

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.

ENROLLMENT

Although you have been admitted through scholarship mobility program, you still need to enroll when classes officially start. Enrollment is needed in order to follow lessons, take exams and receive necessary documents. 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 member institution of the University of Sarajevo by purchasing needed enrollment documents: index and forms (these 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 (your assigned buddy can help you with the filling). Additional documents to include with enrollment papers are:

  • your birth certificate which you need to bring from your home country
  • passport

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

Grading system at the University of Sarajevo is regulated by the Higher Education Law of the Canton Sarajevo (article 62). Academic performance is either graded according to the 6 – scale (5-10 where 5 is the lowest, and 10 is the highest grade) 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.

10 (A) – Excellent (95-100 points)
09 (B) – Very good (85-94 points)
08 (C) – Good (75-84 points)
07 (D) – Satisfactory (65-74 points)
06 (E) – Sufficient (55-64 points)
05 (F) – Fail ( <55 points)

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.

INSURANCE

University of Sarajevo doesn’t provide insurance for incoming students and staff members. This means that if your insurance is not included in your scholarship – check with your home coordinators – you will have to provide it by yourselves for the period of your stay in Sarajevo. Make sure that your insurance covers your health and life activities in Sarajevo. It will be required to have confirmation of insurance for your residence permit).

MOBILITY

If your are coming as a part of mobility program (Erasmus+, CEEPUS, MEvlana, etc.) check your academic obligations (check with your home coordinators if you have done all needed documentation for your mobility period in Sarajevo, also check with your host faculty coordinators regarding the data you enter in the Learning Agreement/Mobility Agreement, and needed signatures). Contact details at our faculties, academies, centres, institutes are given here: http://www.erasmus-unsa.ba/contacts/. Upon arrival, you will need to sign your certificate of arrival which is a proof for your home university that you have arrived safely and started your mobility. You will do this at the central International Relations Office if not said differently in the welcome email. Same document (certificate of departure) must be signed before you depart Sarajevo.

PUBLIC HOLIDAY BREAK(S)

University of Sarajevo is closed for following dates:

1-2 January – New Year
1 March – B&H’s Independence Day
1-2 May – Labour’s Day
25 November – Statehood Day

RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS

There is a break in the academic calendar for religious holidays such as Christmas (Catholic and Ortondox), Easter, Ramadan and Eid Bayram (dates vary according to the movement of the holiday day). In practice there is usually a break from classes over the New Year’s period. The exact dates are determined by each department so please check with the programme/department to confirm when classes/ assignments are paused.

RESIDENCE PERMIT

As an exchange student/staff who will stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina longer than 90 days for academic/administrative purposes, you will need to regulate your residence permit in order not to have residence problems during your staying in Sarajevo. Note: Citizens of the European Union Member States do not require visa for entrance to Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, in order to stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina longer than three (3) months for academic/administrative purposes it is required to regulate your residence permit. Citizens of non-European countries need to check if they need student visa to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina with the embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in their home countries. For regulating residence permit, you will need to collect certain documents, while bringing one from your home – proof of non criminal record. Please check the instructions here.

STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Before applying to our university, please inform us if you have special needs that require special arrangements or services. University of Sarajevo does have the Student Support Office which can be useful in providing needed information (http://www.unsa.ba/studij/studenti/ured-za-podrsku-studentima).

VISA AND RESIDENCE PERMIT

Please contact the Bosnian Consulate or Embassy in your country of residence regarding visa arrangements. NOTE: Citizens of the European Union do not require visa. However, RESIDENCE PERMIT is required and it must be regulated upon your arrival to Sarajevo. Instructions are given at the: http://www.erasmus.unsa.ba/residence-permit/. IMPORTANT NOTE: in order to regulate your residence permit you need to bring certain documents, among which is document that states your non-criminal record. This document must be issued by the competent body from the state where you have usual residence place, issued no longer than six months prior to arrival. ADDITIONAL NOTE: it must be issued by the State Ministry or similar appointed institution – document issued by county institutions will not be accepted. For staff members: as you are staying for few days and/or maximum 1-2 months, visa (if EU citizen) or residence permit is not required for you.

Do not forget to bring:

  • Non-criminal record

WELCOME ACTIVITIES

Before classes officially start, our office organize Welcome day for all incoming students where we provide needed academic and administrative information. Welcome day/week is usually held a week prior the classes officially start (last week of September). Together with Welcome day, and in association with Erasmus Student Network Sarajevo (ESN). This is the opportunity for you to meet each other, to meet former scholars from Sarajevo and to introduce to you our International Relations office and the members of the Rectorate. Also, we will invite institutional coordinators from the host faculties/academies to our Welcome day to give you needed academic information. This will be great opportunity to exchange practical and academic information as well as to be updated with necessary information for your mobility. Also, in this week, we will organize walking tour through University of Sarajevo, guided tour through Sarajevo and maybe even some field-trips.


TO SUMMARY YOUR OBLIGATIONS:

Before departure

  • carefully read instructions in the Welcome email
  • bring passport
  • bring birth certificate
  • bring non-criminal record
  • bring proof of insurance
  • bring your mobility documents:
    • learning agreement – for student,
    • mobility agreement – for staff
    • travel documents
    • your home confirmation of mobility – if they provide you with

During mobility

  • sing certificate of arrival
  • come to the welcome day
  • modify your learning agreement (if needed)
  • buy enrollment documents (30 KM/15 €)
  • regulate your residence permit, it will require administration fee 100 KM/50€ + medical check up (up to 100 KM/50€)
  • find accommodation
  • follow classes and take exams

After mobility (before departing Sarajevo)

  • signing the certificate of departure
  • send final report
  • send copy/scan of transcript of records