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2019-08-14 16:43:38

TOP-5 important things you need to know about education in Montenegro

TOP-5 important things you need to know about education in Montenegro

Education in Montenegro annually causes more and more interest among foreign students from different countries. This country is attractive with a high-quality education of the European standard and the status of one of the best world resorts, because it is a picturesque center of recreation, fresh air, clean water and breathtaking mountain landscapes. In Montenegro, there are also many treatment centers. The state has a high standard of living and well-being, so staying here and deciding to send a child to study in Montenegro will benefit a foreign student, regardless of how long he will come.

TOP-5 important things you need to know to go to study in Montenegro

  1. The local education system is recognized as one of the most democratic not only among European countries, but also Asian countries. This trend can be traced at all stages - from elementary school to higher education.
  2. Under local law, instruction in Montenegro in state-type secondary schools will be free for all students, regardless of nationality. That is, secondary education will not require costs from foreign students. The condition does not apply to higher education in Montenegro.
  3. The law also stipulates that if a student (or another applicant) does not speak the local language, then the institution of his choice must provide him with assistance in learning the language.
  4. Montenegro adheres to the Bologna system, which at the elementary school stage does not impose exaggerated demands on students. This means that a young student can get into the first grade of a local school without reading and writing skills - he will be taught everything in the process.
  5. If parents plan to stay abroad and give their children a European education, submitting an application there is still not recommended. These schools are suitable for students planning to live in Montenegro for a year or two, and then return to their homeland. In addition, transferring from such a school to a local educational institution with studies in the Serbian language is quite problematic without preparation, therefore it is better to immediately enter a local school of an international format.


Educational system in Montenegro for foreign students

Getting a secondary education in Montenegro is comfortable for foreign students for one simple reason - for studying here you can choose a state educational institution with the Montenegrin language, or you can choose a private school where they teach in English. Schools for a particular nationality are also common in the country: the British school, and so on.

In schools in Montenegro, students study 12-13 years to receive secondary education in this country. The steps in the Montenegrin school are as follows: 9 years, the main part of the secondary school (primary and secondary classes) + 3-4 years of gymnasium or college. Studying at children from 5-6 years begins.

The school year begins in September and lasts until June. Twice a year, students have vacations - in winter and summer - but they last almost a month, and in summer almost three.

In general, the educational process, as in domestic schools, is organized in two shifts. The first ends in the lunch area, and the second - around 6 pm. Students are divided into classes of 25-30 people, where there are children of different nationalities and cultures. At the stage of passing the main stage of education (that is, the first 9 years) in schools in Montenegro there is no division into thematic programs. The separation associated with further education is already observed at the stage of the gymnasium or college.

Grammar schools or vocational education institutions are literally in every city:


Thematic line


  • agricultural schools,
  • schools of economic
  • culinary schools


mixed school "Danilo Kish" (gymnasium department + tourism, cooking and trade).


  • sailing school;
  • gymnasium with economic,
  • medical and vocational education;
  • School of Music.


Duke of Novi

mixed schools (general or vocational education to choose from)


  • schools of construction and geodesy,
  • schools of economic,
  • schools of electrical,
  • medical and several schools for crafts (from cooking and winemaking to car repair and printing);
  • secondary music education.

Only in some subjects can the curriculum "lag behind" or go ahead - the difference is not very significant. The set of subjects is standard for high school: mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, history, geography, English, music, drawing and so on.

In addition to general subjects in local schools, much attention is paid to the study of foreign languages (these are Italian, German, Spanish and others), since educational institutions are positioned as international.

Montenegro High School Admission Stages

In order for a foreign student to apply for study at the Montenegrin school, he needs to take several steps:

  • prepare a package of documents and translate them into the Montenegrin language, after notarizing with a notary
  • to collect the minimum package of documents: a copy of the personal file, a report card with grades, a student's profile
  • get a medical certificate of vaccinations
  • pass at least basic education in the Montenegrin language.

For admission to colleges or universities in Montenegro, you must know the local language at a level above the average in order to successfully pass the entrance examinations. The Montenegrin language is similar to other Slavic languages. According to local legislation, foreign students will not be able to attend language courses for a long period, so there are two ways out:

  • Online learning with a native speaker on Skype. The intensity of the classes is regulated at will. The cost of one lesson lasting 90 minutes - from 6 .
  • If you already have basic knowledge of the language, you can send an application for a visa to study the language in Montenegro itself (up to 3 months).

Higher education in Montenegro

There is a special program for foreign students, according to which you can come and go to undergraduate with certain advantages:

  • Learning immediately, without a year of language education in the country (you can tighten the language via Skype)
  • A greater number of specialties in Montenegro do not have such a high competition, therefore, the admission process with the highest probability will be successful.
  • The cost of higher education in Montenegro is lower than in most European countries.

Training course

Period of study

Undergraduate Academic Program, BSC, BA

3-4 years

Undergraduate Applied Program, BApp

3 years

Specialty Program

BSc, BA and BApp +1 year

Master Program

BSc, BA + 2 years, specialty + 1 year

Doctoral program

MSc + 3 years

Admission of documents to universities in Montenegro begins in the period from June to August (different universities assign different dates in this period). Enrollment in universities is based on the results of entrance exams (usually 3-5 subjects). The majority of Montenegrin universities make entrance tests not so difficult, therefore, applicants usually cope with them without problems. The academic year in the higher school of Montenegro begins on September 1, or on October 1.

The cost of education in higher education programs will depend on the chosen university - on average, prices range from 1,500 to 3,000 per academic year (from undergraduate to graduate school). Of course, in Montenegro, along with private universities, there are state universities, but it is quite difficult for foreign students to get there, so SMAPSE experts recommend that foreign students immediately focus on paid tuition.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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