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How to get here
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 Belgrade–Zagreb highway (E70 in Serbia) via a nearby interchange). There are Car rental agencies in the Arrivals Hall. You can also use bus lines:

Shuttle A1* Fontana Square - Belgrade Central Railway Station - Slavija Square Private bus
Line 72** Zeleni Venac

GSP Belgrade Transport Company

* 300 dinars = 2.6 euros ( you can buy tickets from driver)

** 150 dinars = 1.3 euros ( you can buy tickets from driver)

***Tickets can ONLY be payed in dinars

Time table of A1 is available here.
Time table of Line 72 is available here.

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 trains from Bucharest, Budapest, Vienna, Munich, Ljubljana, Timisoara, 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.

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

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.
Insurance and Visa

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.

For further information regarding to visa, you can visit web site of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia.


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:

You don’t need any type of health insurance to gain access to medical services. 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
Accommodation
Renting (long term)
Here in Belgrade there are two options for renting: you can live in one of 11 student dormitories or you can rent a room or an apartment. If your choice is student dormitory, the biggest one is called Studentski Grad and there live approximately 6000 students. This is the cheapest option for foreign students. You can also enjoy tasty Serbian food for very affordable prices (lunch is about 0.6 Euro). Very important thing to mention is that there is selection process of candidates involved and students are usually ranked depending on their grades and financial status. Applications forms are open in November. More information about student dormitories you can find on the following link: http://www.sc.rs/
If your choice is private apartment, there are a lot of agencies that are specialized in finding private accommodation, but recommendation for students is to look for some private flat themselves to avoid unnecessary expenses. Price for renting depends on several criteria such as: part of the city, new building/old building, size of the flat, etc. The average price for room is around 100-150 Euros per month and around 200-400 Euros per month for apartment (about 40 metres square flat in the city center). As a rule, apartments in suburbs cost even lower. Here is the list of the most popular renting web-sites that will help you to find perfect apartment:
- http://www.booking.com/
- https://beoapartman.com/
- http://www.rentalsbelgrade.com/
Hostels
There are plenty of hostels in Serbia and only in Belgrade more than 70. Depending on the location, price of one night in hostels ranges from 5 to 45 Euros. Detailed information about hostels in Belgrade you can find on the following web-site: http://www.serbia-hostels.org/

Belgrade Modern Hostel
Belgrade Modern Hostel is located at 21 Makedonska Street, in the city centre, in the heart of Belgrade, across the street from Belgrade Youth Center, and about 200 meters or three minutes walking distance from The Republic Square, The National Theatre, and Knez Mihailova Street. It costs only 8 Euros per night.

Hostel M
Hostel M is located in the middle of the city center. In just five minutes walk from the main train and bus station, you can find accommodation in a new and renovated Belgrade hostel with the best prices. If you want to live here, it will cost you about 15 Euros per night.

Arkabarka floating hostel
It is a floating house at the river Danube situated in one of the most beautiful central park. It is unique because it combines the exotic natural feeling of the river with the urban comfort of a contemporary wooden architecture. You can get bed and breakfast for 15 Euros.

Hedonist Hostel
One of the best and most expensive hostels in Belgrade is Hedonist Hostel. Hedonist Hostel is located in the absolute city center, in a ground floor house with a lovely garden where guests get to know each other, relax, mingle, make barbeques and often watch concerts and live sports events on the video projector screen. The room in this hostel costs about 40 Euros per night.
Hosting
In case you're interested in being hosted by someone from the Local Group, please check the information on the ESTIEM Hosting Platform or contact the Local Responsible through lr.belgrade@estiem.org or hosting.belgrade@estiem.org
Transportation
Public Transportation
In Belgrade, public transport includes buses, trams and trolleys. Passengers have to pay for each ride. There are several ways to pay the ride:

1. Use plastic card (plastic cards with no rides cost 250 RSD~ 2,3 €). On this card you can put any
number of rides you want. One ride is 89 RSD (~ 72 Cents). You can buy this at almost any corner
shop.

2. Buy the ticket in the bus/tram. The bus driver sells it, and the price is 150 RSD (~1.3 €).
Important! Plastic and paper card you should validate on the entrance of bus/tram/trolley

In case you need a taxi be sure to chose one with a roof sign indicating it's a city-regulated radio taxi.
Never take a privately owned cab (the ones with the white marker on the top that does not list the name
of the company), since you can pay up to four times the normal price.

Night public transport starts at midnight and lasts until 4am and is operated by buses. There are numerous
lines that will take you to any part of town. The tickets are bought inside the bus and, they are 150 RSD.

Take note that night lines have suffix "N" or H(Cyrillic).

You can either use BG voz ( Belgrade's train). Price is the same as the price of buses.

For more information and a map of public transportation, visit Public Transport Company "Belgrade".
Private Transportation
In Belgrade there are not many options for private transportation besides taxi service. One of the better taxi firms are Pink Taxi and Gold Taxi.
Travel
Touristic spots
Belgrade has a lot attractions to offer for all ages and tastes. There are a lot of places that you should not just visit, but feel and discover them enirely. Whether you are interested in history and architecture, whether you enjoy strolling through parks or spending nice afternoon in one of numerous cafés or restaurants, you will always find something a relaxing and fun thing to do in Belgrade.

With impressive views over the Danube and Sava rivers, the Belgrade Fortress and the Kalemegdan Park together represent a cultural monument of exceptional importance, the area where various sport, cultural and arts events take place, and are fun and joy for all generations of Belgraders and numerous visitors of the city.

Belgrade’s main pedestrian street, Knez Mihailova Street, is alive with trendy shops and cafes. This pedestrian zone is one of the best looking streets in Belgrade with many XIX century buildings and the perfect place to go shopping. For a quieter experience, the special attraction is Skadarlija, the bohemian quarter similar to the Montmartre in Paris, where you can find classic taverns (kafana) serving traditional Serbian dishes as musicians roam from table to table.

During the summer, Ada Ciganlija (an island in the Sava) is an ideal place for sport and recreation. It is home to a several kilometer long café-lined beach around its lake, a large number of sport facilities, as well as a lot of clubs that work through the hot summer nights.

Belgrade Fortress - Kalemegdan Park:

With impressive views over the Danube and Sava rivers, the
Belgrade Fortress and the Kalemegdan Park together represent a cultural
monument of exceptional importance, the area where various sport,
cultural and arts events take place, and are fun and joy for all
generations of Belgraders and numerous visitors of the city. The Belgrade Fortress was erected on the hill above the junction of the Sava and Danube rivers at the end of the 1st Century as the permanent camp of the Roman Legion Flavia Felix. During the course of
history, it underwent various additions, was razed to the ground,
rebuilt and remodelled on numerous occasions.

Skadarlija - The Old Bohemian Quarter of Belgrade:

The old bohemian quarter of Belgrade dates back to late 19th and early 20th century. It was back then when its kafane (taverns and restaurants) were a meeting place for many of the greatest figures of the cultural scene of the period. It is often compared with the Montmartre in Paris, both for its appearance and the cheerful, vigorous artists' atmosphere.

Gardoš - The Millenary Monument:

The Millenary Monument was constructed of stone and brick as a viewing tower on the summit of Gardos Hill in Zemun.

The Victor Monument:

This recognisable Belgrade monument is dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the breach of the Thessaloniki Front.

Temple of Saint Sava:

Temple of Saint Sava is one of the largest and most beautiful orthodox churches in the world. It is towering along side other nearby buildings and it represents a landmark of Belgrade with its shear size and white colour. The church is still unfinished but nonetheless is an amazing site to behold.

Nikola Tesla Museum:

Meet the man on the 100DIN note at one of Belgrade's best museums, where you can release your inner nerd with some wondrously sci-fi-ish interactive elements. Tesla's ashes are kept here in a glowing, golden orb: debate has been raging for years between the museum (and its secular supporters) and the church as to whether the remains should be moved to Sveti Sava Temple.

The Royal Palace:

The Royal Palace was the home of King Alexander I and King Peter II. Today The Royal Palace is the home of Crown Prince Alexander and his family.

The Old Palace:

The Old Palace, the Royal Palace of the Obrenović dynasty of Serbia, presently housing the City Assembly of Belgrade, was built between 1882 and 1884.

The House of Flowers"

The House of Flowers and its accompanying museums dedicated to the memory of Josip Broz Tito offer visitors a glimpse into both the life and times of the man and his conflicted legacy.

The National Assembly:

The National Assembly of Serbia is located in the city center of Belgrade, in front of Pioneer's Park, on the Nikola Pašić Square. It was built in the Classical style with Renaissance elements, with rich interior (architectural and artistic) decoration, made by, at that time, most famous artists and craftsmen. This impressive building is one of the most important achievements of recent Serbian architecture.

Knez Mihailova Street:

This the main pedestrian zone is under state protection as one of the oldest and most valuable architectural monuments containing a series of representative buildings and private houses built in the late 1880's.

Zemun:

Zemun was a separate Austro - Hungarian town, so its architecture and feel are identifiably different from Belgrade. These differences are definitely worth a look.

Mount Avala:

Due to the closeness to the capital city and natural beauty, Mount Avala is considered to be one of the most popular excursion places of Belgrade inhabitants as well as of numerous tourists.
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.

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 Povetarac, Šlep - 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, Rich, H20, Teatro Bar etc. In most of these places, performances are exhibited live.

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. Nowdays they are many modern Kafana places which are visited by students, such as: Konoba Akustik, Ona Moja, Kafanica Trg, Ko to tamo peva, Sokače, etc.

Alternative music:

Famous alternative clubs include Dom Omladine and the famed KST (Klub Studenata Tehnike) located in the basement of the University of Belgrade's Technical Faculties. 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.
Student Festivals & Parties
Belgrade Beer Fest (4-day free outdoor concerts performed by all sorts of band from Serbia, region and the world. Held early or mid August)
Student Day (Concert in honor of the students held on April 4th)
Fest (International film festival held late February or early March)
Food
Sit back and let Belgrade's experienced restaurants take over - you won't regret it! If you can’t decide
what to try here is something from local cuisine you can’t go wrong with:


Ćepvapčići (It consists of minced meat mixed together, shaped like small sausages, and grilled)
Pljeskavica (the Serbian version of a hamburger)
Mešano meso (Mixed Grill) is all the delights from the grill on one plate:ćevapčići , pljeskavice (beef burgers),kobasice (sausages), krmenadle (pork chops), ražnjići (shish kebab) and vešalica (strips of smoked meat)
Pečenje (roast pork )
Kajmak (something between cream cheese and butter)
Ajvar (a savory spread made out of roasted red peppers)
Sarma (cabbage rolls with mixed meat)
Gibanica (pie with spinach and cheese or just cheese)
Proja (a type of corn bread with white cheese
Punjene Paprike (peppers stuffed with meat)
Pasulj (cooked with onion, bay leaves, and meat, such as diced bacon or smoked spare-ribs andthickened with browned flour to finish with)

The are many old tavern restaurants that serve traditional Serbian dishes. A lot of them are in Skadarlija street and it's highly recomended.

Drinks:

Rakija (excellent brandy that has many flavours, like plum-Шљивовица, quince-Дуњевчa, apricot-
Кајсијевача , Pear /Крушковача/, plum-juniper-Клековача, grapes-Loza...

- You should know that some prestigious brands of rakija can be extremely expensive like Žuta Osa,
which means Yellow Wasp or Viljamovka made of pear of the sort william , the most expensive and the
most quality ones have a pear fruit in the bottle.

Pivo - Jelen, (Deer) and Lav (Lion) are the two most popular varieties of Serbian beer, but there are
many others that are better like Vajfert, Zajecarsko, Niksicko...

Voda-Water. There are plenty of excellent bottled spring mineral water, from natural resources,
protected areas like Knjaz Miloš, Rosa, Aqua Viva...

*Note that tap water in Belgrade is perfectly safe.

Vino-Rose and red wines: Car Lazar, Merlot, Kratošija, Plavac, Roze... White wines: Banatski rizling,
Karlovački rizling, Semion, Smederevka...

*Culture Tip: How to toast, Serbian style - Like everywhere, Serbs love to toast when in good
company, whether it's in a pub or in the home with friends. When toasting in Serbia, it is expected that
you look your friends at the table directly in the eyes whilst clinking glasses as a sign of respect. Say
'Živeli!' (cheers!) to everyone and take a sip. Repeat as necessary, and enjoy a night out in Belgrade!
Currency
The currency in Serbia is dinar, abbreviated RSD. Money may be exchanged in all banks and post offices, as well as in authorized exchange offices. Exchange rate for 1 EUR is around 124 RSD.
https://www.oanda.com//currency/converter/
Mobile Phone
There are several mobile operators in Serbia: Vip, Mts and Telenor. Each one of them has Post and Pre-paid users and all of the mobile offices are easy to find in the city center. You can find all the mobile cards on every kiosk in every part of the city. In that case, you are using Pre-paid card. Regular price is about 200 dinars (1.8 euros) and usually you have some credit on it when you activate it.
University
Univerzitet u Beogradu
University of Belgrade
Website www.bg.ac.rs
Tuition Fee 500 € - 2 500 €
Autumn semester
Application deadline April
Duration October - January
Spring semester
Application deadline December
Duration February - May
Campus Facilities
The Faculty of Organizational Sciences (FOS) building is located in Jove Ilića Street, number 154. There is a study area inside the building.

To get to the faculty building from the bus station or the main train station, you have to get to the tram stop "Ekonomski fakultet" (from the bus station) or "Glavna zeleznicka stanica" (from the main railway station) in and take the tram number 9 in the direction of the city or uphill. The station where you exit is named "Petrovacka". After you exit, go uphill and turn to right as soon as you see mini-market called "Aroma" to your right. At the next intersection, you should turn left and from there continue forward for 50 meters and FOS will be on your right.

From the airport, if you take the A1 bus to Slavija square, after you exit at the square go uphill towards the St. Sava’s Temple. While going uphill, you should notice a small turn to the right, leading to a narrow street where you can see busses. That’s a starting bus stop for busses: 33, 47, 48. Note that there are other busses aswell, but firstly mentioned ones are passing by Faculty of Organizational Sciences. Also, bear in mind that if you use bus number 33, the station where you exit is named "Petrovacka". After you exit, go uphill and turn to right as soon as you see mini-market called "Aroma" to your right. At the next intersection, you should turn left and from there continue forward for 50 meters and FOS will be on your right.

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.
Studies
Since the academic year 2006/07 Faculty of Organizational Sciences 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 and the total number of subjects on basic academic studies is 45.

Undergraduate studies:
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. 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 studies:
The program of master academic studies is a logical extension of the program of undergraduate studies, which brought FOS the title of the best higher education institution in Serbia, according to student votes. The study programs of master academic studies include compulsory and elective courses with a total of at least 60 ECTS points.
There are eight main departments on master studies:
Management and organization, Management, Information Systems and Technologies, Software Engineering and Computer Science, Business analytics, E-business and System management, Management in public sector and Business Administration.

Doctorate studies:
The doctoral study program of Information Systems and Management at the Faculty of Organizational Sciences Is the highest comprehensive level of academic education. It offers students the scientific knowledge that corresponds to the contemporary world trends in the scientific fields and professions studied at FOS. The doctoral study program includes elective courses in the fields of Information Systems, Management, Operations research, Software engineering, Systems management and E- commerce.

More information about how to apply for the FOS you can find on the following site.
Scholarships
There are no scholarships for foreign students in Serbia. You can get scholarship only if you are coming here through EU programmes such as Erasmus Plus or Erasmus Mundus.
University contacts
International Office:
+381 11 395 08 93
international@fon.rs
IEM Department:
+381 11 3950 800
international@fon.rs
Contacts
Local Group
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