How to apply (incoming)?

On this page, you can find out all you need to know on how to apply to the University of Sarajevo whether you are student (exchange or degree) or staff (academic or administrative).

In order to apply to the University of Sarajevo you have to check/follow next rules:

Students (for exchange):

  • there is a valid inter-institutional agreement between your home university and the University of Sarajevo (Erasmus or non-Erasmus),
  • your home university has nominated you to study/research at the University of Sarajevo.

Students (for degree):

  • you are an holder of valid previous degree (high school diploma for BA, BA degree diploma for MA, MA degree diploma for PhD)

Staff (academic of administrative):

  • there is a valid inter-institutional agreement between your home university and the University of Sarajevo (Erasmus or non-Erasmus),
  • you are an current employee at your home institution during the application,
  • your home university has nominated you to teach/train at the University of Sarajevo.


Applying through mobility programs such as Erasmus+, students can apply for the period of 1-2 semesters, while staff can apply for 7-60 days. Duration is usually determined in the mobility program public call.


Whether you are applying through program that is funded from European or some other international institution, or coming on your own expenses, you must be officially nominated by your home institution. Nomination is done through email communication from your home coordinator who send us candidates data (name, surname, study field, study cycle, email, and preferably learning/mobility agreement) by given deadlines. Nomination(s) is/are sent to the emails provided in the call (usually to the International Relations Office).


After official nomination from your home university, if we do not receive your documents in the nomination procedure, you will be contacted by our office to send needed documents by given deadlines. Instructions on how to prepare and fill in these documents are given here.

STUDENTS need to send next documents:
1 Learning Agreement 
2 Transcript of records
3 Proof of knowledge of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian or English language
4 CV (Europass form)

STAFF needs to send next documents:
1 Mobility agreement for teaching  or training
2 Invitation letter
3 CV (Europass form)

When you collect and fill in needed documents as explained in instructions, please send your documents to by given deadlines (below). Also, please fill in our online form which will provide us data about you and avoid possible email troubles when you send us your application documents. Make sure to fill in online form and send documents on the same day!


Winter semester (September – February) / full academic year
Nomination by your home International Relations office: 15 May 
Application by incoming student/staff: 30 May 

Summer semester (February – July)
Nomination by your home International Relations office: 15 November 
Application by incoming student/staff: 30 November

After we have received your application documents and your host department has approved your application, we will send you a letter of admission and information on living and studying in Sarajevo.


After your official nomination and application, we will forward your profile with documents to the host institution of the University of Sarajevo to the faculty coordinators. They will bring decision based on the information provided in the application documents. You should receive your respond in duration of 4 weeks. You will be informed whether your application is accepted or declined.


Letter of admission / Welcome Email

If your application is accepted, you will receive an email of admission as well as letter of admission at the University of Sarajevo. We will also send email with instructions for your better mobility period in Sarajevo (modification of documents – if needed, Welcome Week dates, which documents to bring, residence permit, etc).

Modification of documents

It is important to have your documents finalized before you come here (filled in, sing, all prepared). Make sure to be in contact with your home and host faculty coordinators. Modification can be done after your arrival to Sarajevo, but maximum allowed time after your arrival is 1 (one) month to do needed modifications.


Although many citizens can travel with their ID, it is important that during your mobility to Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) you have (and use during entrance/exit) valid passport. Passport will be important document for regulating residence permit (see below).


Although you have been admitted through scholarship mobility program, you still need to enroll when classes officially start. This will require to bring certain documents such as: birth certificate.

Academic calendar

When planning your exchange period at the University of Sarajevo, please take into consideration our academic calendar.

Students with special needs

When applying to our university, please inform us if you have special needs that require special arrangements or services (you will find this section in the online application).


Signing Certificate of Arrival

When you arrive to Sarajevo, in first several days it is important 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.

Welcome day

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). Please check instructions and dates provided in the welcome email.

Orientation programe

Together with Welcome day, and in association with Erasmus Student Network (ESN) we provide certain activities for better accommodation of students in Sarajevo in form of dinner, going out, academic tours, city tours etc.

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 which of course applies to students – citizens of the EU Member States. They do not need to obtain student visa. 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.


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


Signing Certificate of Departure

Before departing Sarajevo, you have to come to our office and sign certificate of departure which proves ending of your mobility.


You will have to fill in a report about your academic activities during your staying in Sarajevo.

Transcript of Records

If not received during your mobility in Sarajevo, University of Sarajevo will issue and send you Transcript of Records for those students who passed exams here.

If you are applying for the exchange mobility through program Mevlana, please check the offer and instructions at you home institution. Contact person for Mevlana at the University of Sarajevo is Ms. Ljiljana Šulentić (

If you are applying through CEEPUS programme, contact official communication officer at your home institution and check if there’s a CEEPUS network between your institution and University of Sarajevo.