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University of Belgrade

Students 85 000
Exchange students unknown
IEM students > 1000
Autumn Semester October - January
Application deadline April
Spring Semester February - May
Application deadline December
Tuition Fee 500 € - 2 500 €
Website Belgrade City
University of Belgrade

Study Information

The origin of the University of Belgrade can be tracked down to the very beginning of the XIXth century, namely the year 1808, when the College (Velika škola) was founded by Dositej Obradović. After the World War II, the University of Belgrade became alma mater of almost all Universities in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia.

During the two centuries of its existence, the University of Belgrade has served its people, and its former students and teachers have greatly contributed towards the development of cultural, scientific, educational, political and economical life of our country.

The University of Belgrade is prepared to maintain and improve its position as the leading higher education institution, both in the country and in the region, by preserving what is worthy in its tradition and what makes it recognizable as a national brand, and also by adapting to the challenges of the present day.


Belgrade University Rectorate

The Industrial Engineering and Management studies are held at the Faculty of Organizational Sciences, one of the most famous faculties in the country. FOS is the leading faculty in Serbia in the fields of information systems and technologies, management, operations management and quality management. It belongs to the group of technical-technological faculties of the University of Belgrade.

More information about studying in Belgrade can be found here.

Application

How to apply

Each year in late June, people who are interested in FOS can apply for the entrance exam. For the entrance exam, it is possible to choose only maths or maths and general education depending on your will. There are a few days left after the application period till the entrance exam. The first list of scores is usually online two days after the examination, and all the administrative procedures are over until July 10th. So far the chance of getting scholarships by Serbian Government is limited with 300 students, and 300 of them pay themselves. Fee for domestic studies is around 1500 Euros per year.

Foreigners enjoy the same rights and obligations as Serbian people in this sense. They need to pass the entrance exam and have sufficient score in order to be above the quota, just as any domestic student has to. Furthermore, before taking this test, a foreign student needs to go through the process of recognition of his/her diploma from previous education (high school) at the Ministry of Education to be awarded with a similar diploma from the Serbian education system. In this process, grades and GPA are calculated. Foreign students can only apply as self-financed students in this way. Tuition fees for foreign students at undergraduate studies are around 2500 Euros. This is however different in case of a student exchange.

There is a second round of application if there are some free places left. The entrance exam usually takes place in the second half of September, also with the possibility to do only maths test or both - maths and general education. For more information you can check the provided website.


Master academic studies last for one year and it is possible to achieve 60 ECTS by completing them. There are four study programmes: Information Systems and Technologies, Management, Operations Management and Management. All the information in English can be acquired through the International department.


International master studies Management in Administration is conceived as a second degree of administration and management studies. It is conducted through cooperation of the University of Belgrade and the University of Ljubljana and realized as a common project of the Faculty and the Faculty of administration in Ljubljana. Management in Administration study program is realized with the obligation that the student should finish at least one semester in a partner university abroad and gain 30 credits (ECTS). Mobility of the students and the teaching staff of the partner faculties put value to the joint study programme; introducing multicultural dimensions and raising the international value of the results in pedagogy, research and development. It also contributes to finding jobs for Bachelor’s, internationally. This study program is a Master’s study program; the title awarded is M.Sc and it is recognized both in Slovenia and Serbia since it is a joint Master’s Programme. More information you can find here.


Master studies for international students are conducted in the same way as they are for domestic students. The procedure is more or less the same as for the undergraduate studies. Application period usually opens in October and lasts until November. This might change in the following years. Depending on the study program, entry exam covers what is pretty much taught at FOS’s undergraduate studies. Fee for Master studies for international students is about 4,000 €. More information on the enrolment can be found on international@fon.rs

Courses

Since the academic year 2006/07 FOS has a curriculum for integrated undergraduate studies, which is completely coordinated with the principles of the Bologna declaration. European Credit Transfer System has been introduced, all the subjects last for one semester, and the total number of subjects on basic academic studies is 41, i.e. 43, dependant on the department.


Undergraduate studies last for four years, or eight semesters, and by finishing them one achieves a total of 240 ECTS.

The first year is common for all four departments, and by achieving the condition for enrolment into the second year; the students can choose one of four departments. At the beginning of the first year, students can choose between two departments: Information Systems and Technologies and Management and Organisation, more information are here. After the enrolment into the second year, the students of Management and Organization decide on one of the three management departments:

• Department of Management

• Department of Operational Management and

• Department of Quality Management

 

Master (Graduate) studies last for one year, and by finishing them one achieves 60 ECTS. Student who achieves 240 ECTS on basic academic studies can enrol on Master studies.


National Theater


There are eight main departments on master studies:

- Information systems and technologies

- Operations research and computer statistics

- Software engineering and computer science

- Management and organization

- Management (humanities and social science)

- E-business and systems management

- Quality management

- Engineer and operations management

- Joint master study program Management in Administration Study program Management in administration is a joint degree program with Faculty of administration, University of Ljubljana.

Each of these main departments has few departments enrolled under them.


Postgraduate studies: Professional master studies, Management, Postgraduate academic studies, Organizational sciences, PhD STUDIES, Information systems and management.

More information you can find here

Languages

Courses are mostly lectured in Serbian language, though some of the subjects (lectures) are held in English as well. Having lectures in English is still new for our faculty and it is still in "trial" phase tending to become regularity. On the other hand, all lectures on Master studies can be held in English.

Textbooks are in Serbian, published by FOS and can be bought in a bookstore on the first floor in the main building in Jove Ilica Street, No:154. For lectures in English there are different authors suggested by professors.

Quality of education

In the past, the Faculty has shown commitment to its mission. During development and positioning itself in the Serbian educational system, FOS grew into the leading scientific and educational institution, which deals in the following basic activities:

- Education of students on undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral studies

- Science and research

- Life-long learning and commercial services (Seminars, courses, trainings, consulting and engineering)


Faculty of Organisational Sciences offers educational accreditation, which serves as one of the main qualities that differentiate it from other faculties of the University of Belgrade.

Study Practicalities

Dormitories

University of Belgrade has eleven dormitories with the accommodation capacity for 11,340 students. The dormitories are not close to each other, they are scattered all over the city, usually near the faculties.

Meals are served in restaurants located in the vicinity of the dormitories. Also, there are few restaurants that are not close to the dormitories located downtown. Over 60,000 meals are served each day. The restaurants are open from 7 am to 8.30 pm. Breakfast is served from 7 am till 10 am, lunch from 11 am till 3 pm and dinner from 5 pm till 8.30 pm. The price of lunch is 0.5 Euros and it includes salad buffet, bread, desert and a warm course. There are not any official vegetarian meals but the pleasant staff that works in student restaurants will be happy to help you and serve you regular lunch with no meat.

Languages

Official language is Serbian and most of the courses are held in Serbian. As stated above, there are certain courses, mostly the Master programs that are possibly held in English. Foreign students who are interested in Bachelor studies need to learn Serbian until English studies become officially available. For more information about language schools in Belgrade that offer Serbian language courses visit Serbian language and culture website. If you need some help during the first days of your stay in Serbia, you will get it from the young people in Serbia who speak English. They will be very friendly and glad to help you. A good thing is that, foreign TV programs are not synchronized to Serbian; there are just the subtitles, just like in the cinemas. You can also find some of the foreign press in large bookstores and in some corner shops.

Internet-Access

To get the access to wireless Internet connection at the faculty building, you will need to be registered by an IT officer. This procedure takes a few minutes after which you get the free access.

While you are in the city, it is possible to get free access almost everywhere, because there are many hot spots all over the city. Unfortunately, in the dormitories, dial-up is the only possible access to Internet. But nowadays, you can buy cheap 3G cellular modems, with post paid or pre paid paying methods.

Practical Information

How to get there

Plane

If you're coming by plane to Belgrade, you will arrive at the Belgrade Nikola Tesla airport, also known as Surcin, which is the former name. Named after Nikola Tesla, the airport is situated 12 km (7.5 mi) west of central Belgrade, in the Municipality of Surčin, surrounded by Vojvodina's fertile lowlands.

It is easily accessible by car (Belgrade Airport is connected to the BelgradeZagreb highway (E70 in Serbia) via a nearby interchange). There are Car rental agencies in the Arrivals Hall. You can also use bus lines:

Service Destination (departing from the airport) Operator
Shuttle Fontana Square - Belgrade Central Railway Station - Slavija Square Jat Airways Buses
Line 72 Zeleni Venac GSP Belgrade Transport Company

Taxi lines are also available.

Train

The Central Train station is located, not surprisingly, in the city centre. All national and international trains stop there.

There are several international train connections from Budapest-Vienna, Budapest (Bratislava)-Prague,Zagreb-Ljubljana-Munich, Zagreb-Ljubljana-Zurich and Zagreb-Ljubljana-Venice. Normally, trains should not be too late (seldom more than 1 hour), and usually very safe. Expect that the overnight train from/to Budapest can be overcrowded in summer.

There are also direct (day and night) trains from Bucharest, Kiev, Moscow, Skopje, Thessaloniki, Istanbul (21h) and Sofia and an overnight train from Bar and Podgorica , Montenegro to Belgrade. It arrives early in the morning (around 7). This is a reasonably comfortable train with sleeper cars and nice views (even at night). Upgrade to the cabins with two beds only for 100% improvement. Prices are pretty reasonable. There is also comfortable day IC train from Bar and Podgorica.

For timetables and all other information, check the website of national railway Serbian Railways

Bus

Belgrade's central bus station is next-door to the central train station, in Karađorđeva Street. Whilst coach service to national and international destinations is frequent, departure times are usually reliable, but arrival times may be not. Timetables aren't clearly posted; the timetables that are there are in Serbian only, so ask for information inside the terminal.

Ticket reservations and purchases are made in the terminal building.

When buying a bus ticket, you will also receive a token to enter the platform area, for national travel. For international travel, you will be given a paper stub to present at the platform gate.

Be aware that most coach drivers will charge you a fee for baggage handling in the cargo compartment, though this is not a uniform practice with international travel. Also be aware that drivers rarely speak English or any other foreign language. Inform yourself about your trip prior to departure as much as you can; if in doubt, ask a fellow passenger for assistance.

Coach travel in Serbia is a hit-and-miss experience; whilst there are a huge number of companies to chose from, not all of them have clean, modern coach fleets, particularly for travel within Serbia or to neighbouring Montenegro. Coaches are more often clean and modern when embarking on trips to Croatia and Western Europe.

For international trips to the rest of Europe, Lasta is the Eurolines carrier.

For long trips, drivers usually stop for 15 minutes breaks roughly every two hours, though this isn't by any means guaranteed. Pack appropriately with food and bottled water. When disembarking on breaks in the trip, make sure to either secure your belongings, or take them with you.

Boat

Belgrade lies where the rivers Sava and the Danube meet. Passenger ships enable you to reach every place along the Danube in a very convenient and meditative manner with many fascinating attractions along it, but it is a quite slow and rather expensive way of travelling.

Accommodation


Belgrade Dormitory

Student dormitories

Belgrade offers eleven dormitories to the students of the university. All the information concerning dormitories can be found on the page of the University.

E-mail contact: scentar@infosky.net

Phone contact: +381 11 3637 200

Accommodation: +381 11 3340 043; +381 11 334 0324

Private arrangements

Besides the student dormitories, it is also possible to arrange private accommodation during the studies. Students themselves should look for some private flat either finding the advertisements or via agencies. Prices for renting depends on several criteria such as: part of the city, new building/old building, size of the flat etc. The average price is around 200-300 Euros per month for a 40 meters square flat in parts of the city that are 15-20 minutes away from city centre by public transportation.

Hostels

Hostels can be found throughout Belgrade. You can find out more about them at Youth Hostels Association of Serbia. Some of the recommended hostels are: 1) Green Studio Hostel which is closest to the train and bus station and right in the city centre. 2) TIS Hostel is a two floors villa located in a quiet area near King Alexander Boulevard, very well connected with city centre. It offers an accommodation to young people in eleven rooms - 60 beds. 3) Star Hostel which is ideally located in the most historical and central area of Belgrade, Dorćol, within walking distance to all major attractions, and interesting spots of Belgrade, with a great transport network. 4) Arka Barka Hostel which is a floating house at the river Danube. It is unique because it combines the exotic natural feeling of the river with the urban comfort of a contemporary wooden architecture. It is situated in the centre of the park; 20 minutes walk from the Belgrade centre, 7 minutes bus ride from the centre of the city and 5 min ride from the historical Zemun. There are plenty of boat restaurants, cafés and bars along the riverbank, close to the hostel.

Important Things

Visa

Citizens of European Union do not need visa for entering Serbia, but they are required by law to register themselves at the police station in their district within 24 hours of receiving a Serbian entry stamp at a border crossing or airport. Hotel staff upon check-in does registration automatically, however if you are staying with friends in a private dwelling, the responsibility falls on you and your host to register yourself at the police in the district in which you are staying. Before visiting the police station you will need to buy a Foreigner Registration Form from a nearby newsagent or bookstore (these usually cost 15 dinars (~€0.15, ~$0.20)). With completed form in hand, your host and you should submit your passport and your host's Serbian ID card along with the registration form. You will receive the bottom half of the form to carry with you; when exiting the country, you will be required to present it to the Border Police. Sometimes they will not ask for it, and you can keep it as an administrative memento. Never forget, though, that failure to register and obtain the bottom half of the Registration Form can result in prosecution and a large fine.

Residence permit

Expatriates wishing to reside in Serbia are required to obtain a residence or a business permit. Within 24 hours upon entering the country they are obliged to register with the police station in the territory of residence. In addition, those who are eligible for a residence permit have to submit the application to the police station in the territory of residence within 3 days upon their arrival in the country. It normally takes not more than a week to process the application, and the temporary residence permit is issued for a period of up to one year. Upon expiration of the temporary residence permit, it may be extended for another year. The holder of a residence permit is also obliged to notify the local police of any change of address.

Health/insurance

The public health system is within the competence of the Republic of Serbia - Ministry of Health and Environmental Protection, while only the City Secretariat conducts a part of the affairs for public health. There are 59 health institutions in Belgrade: 16 health centres, 4 clinical-hospital centres, 3 specialized hospitals, 5 clinics, 1 clinical centre, 14 institutes with stationary care, 12 institutes without stationary care, 3 public health institutes and Pharmaceutical Institution "Beograd" with 100 pharmacies. Stationary health institutions have the total of 12,035 standard patient's beds. There is also a great number of private pharmacies, doctors and clinics.


Official site: Ministry of Health, 22-26 Nemanjina Street, tel. +381 11 361-3734

Living

Living costs

Serbia is one of the cheapest countries in Europe, but in the last few years it's getting more expensive due to high taxes and financial crisis. Still, it's way cheaper then western European countries for example.

The average salary in Serbia is around 350 Euros, but bills that a four-member family has to pay reach amount of 200 Euros per month sometimes. The rest goes on food. Fix costs can be pretty high for Serbian standard, which is getting more popular year by year.

As the capital city, Belgrade is the most expensive city in Serbia and some prices can be easily compared with prices in France, Italy and so on.

Transportation

Belgrade has good public transportation: trams, buses, trolleybuses and trains that take you to the suburb of the city. One way ticket for first zone is 50 dinars (1/2 euro) if you buy on the kiosk and 100 dinars (1 euro) if you buy in the bus/tram/trolleybus. For second zone one way ticket is 80 dinars (80 cents) on the kiosk or 120 dinars (1,2 euro) if you buy inside.

In the next few years Belgrade will get a subway, which will ease the transportation in the city and unload the streets with traffic.

For more information and a map of public transportation, visit Public Transport Company "Belgrade".

Shopping

Ušće Shopping Center

Belgrade offers high quality shopping opportunities, similar to other European capitals. New shopping malls are appearing, new stores are being opened, and Belgrade indeed is becoming the shopping capital of Balkans. From Armani to Hugo Boss, from Zara to Springfield, all the way to the market, Belgrade's got it all.

Knez Mihailova Street and its surrounding area are decked out with all the usual shops, where you can find all the well-known Serbian and global brands. Besides shopping, you can also enjoy numerous restaurants and cafes or visit some of the cultural and entertainment events for children and adults.

When talking about clothing, it is important to say sizes are the same as those in every other European city, with the most obvious and common sizing system being the standard XS, S, M, L and XL. Sizes also come in the usual numerical measurements that you can find on clothing labels around the world and in most cases with more than one size explanation. Every shop will take items back if you have the receipt and if the return occurs within a reasonable time, but rather than getting your money back, you have to exchange returned purchases for a new item.

Due to the official Serbian currency dinar (RSD), all visitors are advised to exchange ∓currency only at accredited places. Major credit cards (AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard and VISA) are accepted in many, but not all, up-scale establishments in Belgrade. It is always better to inquire in advance.

Shopping malls:

Ušće Shopping Center

Delta City brochure

For more information visit:

belgrade.net

Student Activities

Student Organisations


Temple of Saint Sava

During your study time at Faculty of Organizational Sciences, you can apply for a membership in several students' organizations.


Management:

ESTIEM

AIESEC


Information Systems:

FONIS

 

Ecology:

EKO fon

 

Career development:

Center for Career Development

FOS Student Union - SUFON

Debate club FOS

FOSDIP, Alumni & Friends

Nightlife

Belgrade has a reputation for offering a vibrant nightlife, and many clubs that are open until dawn can be found throughout the city. The most recognizable nightlife features of Belgrade are the barges (сплавови, splavovi) spread along the banks of the Sava and Danube Rivers. If you want to experience the atmosphere of the barges, just ask for the directions to Hotel Jugoslavija. This is the place where most of them are situated and where you will certainly find something for yourself.

Many weekend visitors—particularly from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia—prefer Belgrade nightlife to that of their own capitals, due to a perceived friendly atmosphere, great clubs and bars, cheap drinks and since there are no language difficulties, and no restrictive night life regulations. Belgrade nightclubs offer different kind of music covering all the tastes of Serbian people and visitors alike. House and dance music Most popular places for ones who prefer this kind of music are: Already mentioned barges -Freestyler and Sound - during the summer and clubs like Mr. Stefan Braun and Plastic - during the winter. Explore the all-night wild side of Belgrade with friendly people and handsome bartenders.

Serbian Turbo Folk and 90’s music (Diesel)

Usual night in clubs oriented to this music starts with 2-hour Diesel music. This is a mixture of traditional folk music and modern electro-pop and dance bits from the early 90’s. As for the Turbo Folk music, it is considered to be the most popular one in Serbia. Grand production had great influence to its development as a mixture of Serbian Etno and disco music with characteristics of Turkish and Greek music, too. To experience it properly visit: Magacin, Amsterdam, Rich, H20, Teatro Bar etc. In most of these places, performances are exhibited live. Link speaks more than a thousand words.

Traditional entertainment

A more traditional Serbian nightlife experience, accompanied by traditional music known as Starogradska (roughly translated as Old Town Music), typical of northern Serbia's urban environments, is most popular in Skadarlija, the city's old bohemian neighbourhood where the poets and artists of Belgrade gathered in the 19th century and early 20th century. Skadar Street (the centre of Skadarlija) and the surrounding neighbourhood are lined with some of Belgrade's best and oldest traditional restaurants (called kafanas in Serbian), which date back to that period. At one end of the neighbourhood stands Belgrade's oldest beer brewery, founded in the first half of the 19th century. One of the city's oldest kafanas is the Znak pitanja.

Alternative music

Famous alternative clubs include Akademija and the famed KST (Klub Studenata Tehnike) located in the basement of the University of Belgrade's Faculty of Electrical Engineering. One of the most famous sites for alternative cultural happenings in the city is the SKC (Student Cultural Centre), located right across from Belgrade's high-rise landmark, the Beograđanka. Concerts featuring famous local and foreign bands are often held at the centre. SKC is also the site of various art exhibitions, as well as public debates and discussion. Indie-Goes-Tronic at KC Grad In addition to the growing alternative nation of Belgrade, indietronica and hipster scenes are starting to show their fancy fashion faces. KC Grad (Grad Cultural Centre) offers many alternative events that include exhibitions, summits, stand-up comedy nights and parties. For the less urban people, Belgrade offers some great places that host DJs who play Britpop, alternative rock, electronic and post-punk music.

The respected Times newspaper in the UK reported that Europe's best nightlife could be found in buzzing Belgrade!

Sports

University Sports Federation of Belgrade, established in 1953, is in charge for student sports activities in Belgrade. It is a society that gathers all sports clubs formed at faculties and dorms, and has 54 members. Sports activities are related to competitions at the university level, between universities, and activities of sports clubs.

Competitions are organized in form of university league in 15 sports disciplines (football, volleyball, basketball, handball, chess, athletics, swimming...) in men and women’s categories. Beside league, University Sports Federation of Belgrade organises many tournaments and competitions (tennis, orienteering, skiing, karate...). The federation, with best individuals and teams in the whole Serbia, participates in Inter-University competitions at home and abroad. On request of a sufficient number of interested students, USFB organises competitions in other sports.

Faculty of Organizational Sciences is the home of FOS Sport Society - SPORTFON. This student organization was established in 2000. It gathers students from more than 15 sports disciplines (basketball, volleyball. football, rugby water polo, handball, rowing, tennis, table tennis, chess, swimming, orienteering...), and counts around 237 members. Teams and individuals from FON are one of the most successful in university league and other competitions in the country. These students are not only winners in Serbia, they also won many awards from international tournaments like EuroMilano, 5 balls in Paris, SportFest Istanbul, Futur in Slovenia, EuroIbiza, tournament in Istanbul, in Israel and Belgrade International Games.

Contacts

Study information

International Relations Office, Faculty of Organisational Sciences

Ms Bojana Ivanovic, International Relations Officer

Mr Nemanja Dragicevic, International Relations Officer


Faculty of Organizational Sciences

154 Jove Ilica Street,

11040 Belgrade

Serbia

tel: +381 11 3950 893

email: international@fon.rs

Practical Information

If you're crossing by our lovely city, feel free to contact Local Group Belgrade and we will be more then happy to welcome you and make your stay pleasant.

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