The University of Belgrade is a state university which is considered one of the greatest contributions of the European peopled to the world’s cultural heritage. It is the oldest, as well as the largest, university in Serbia and also one of the most important educational and research centres in South Eastern Europe. The school is known for its programmes in the fields of higher education and scientific research. The school was founded 1808 as the “Belgrade Higher School in revolutionary Serbia“ by Dositej Obradovic, and has been offering excellent education ever since. During its 200 years of existence, the school has trained students that have made great contributions the the development of cultural, scientific, educational, political, as well as economical life of Serbia. The University of Belgrade is preparing its students for high level positions by offering tradition-heavy courses, while still adapting to today’s challenges. Today, 75,000 students are enrolled in degree programmes at University of Belgrade; many of them being international students. The faculty is made up of more than 6,400 academic staff. Since its founding, the university has educated over 378,000 bachelors, about 25,100 masters, 29,000 specialists and approximately 15,000 doctors, who can vouch for the outstanding quality of the school’s courses. The school is constantly ranked between 201st and 300th in the most recent global rankings by Shanghai Ranking (ARWU). In 2014, it ranked 151st to 200th, particularly in the fields of mathematics and physics. The facilities on campus are numerous- 31 faculties, 12 research institutes, the university library, as well as 9 university centres are part of the campus. The faculties are divided into 4 areas: social sciences and humanities, medical sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and technological sciences. The university welcomes international students who want to get superior education and exceptional knowledge, so that they are well-prepared for their future careers.
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The University of Belgrade consists of many buildings all over the city. School of Electrical Engineering is located in the centre of Belgrade, and it has excellent connections with all parts of the town. Other than great location, School of Electrical Engineering is ranked in the top in the region. Moreover, the students which are enrolled are among the best ones in the country. The duration of studies is 4 years for Bachelor’s degree and 1 year for obtaining the Master’s degree. The entrance exam could be regarded as challenging, however, with good preparations, it isn’t that difficult and it will be completely worth it. A lot of hard work has to be invested in studies, nevertheless, most of the lectures are not obligatory. What is characteristic for this faculty is that students get a lot of valuable knowledge, and they are very adaptable to working conditions.
I study in the Department of Software Engineering. All classes are either in the morning or the afternoon depending on the year of studies. Laboratory exercises are always in the opposite shift. This is helpful since everyone is able to organize their time accordingly and not spend whole days at the university, which could be the case with other departments. The lectures are organized in blocks and each block lasts for 4 weeks and then we have one week with the only test, we have 3 blocks per semester, and then exam periods. What I value the most is the experience we are able to get during studies. Laboratory exercises are a great opportunity to put everything learnt in practice and they are organized relatively often. Also, we worked on many projects. Professors and assistants are in general very professional and there to help with any difficulty which might happen during the learning process.
Last but not least, I would like to mention that we have students organisations which are enriching the students’ life.
I would definitely recommend my department to anyone who is interested in programming. You will learn a lot and at the end of the studies, you will have many things to put into CV. Which will be certainly beneficial towards the professional career.
University of Belgrade is located in the capital of Serbia and it draws students from all over the country, as well as the region. The reason for this is that a lot of the top experts in their fields gather here to teach and do research.__It offers great diversity in the fields of study, as there are over a dozen different schools within the University, ranging from natural sciences, over technical sciences, all the way to social studies. __If you’ve asked around about our university, you’ve probably heard that there is a lot of gossip that the schools may not be fair. I’d say it depends on the student. If you’re not interested, you will slide through the system get your diploma and you’re done. However, if you’re interested in and devoted to what you study, you can capitalise on everything the university has to offer. The professors are great experts, that are interested in working with students and there is a realistic chance of joining their projects.__Enough of the academic part. Student life is just amazing! Due to the great diversity in study programmes, you can meet all kinds of people, all of whom are very pleasant, and would love to show you around and introduce you to the University and the city of Belgrade. And trust me, there is a lot you can experience in this city!
University of Belgrade consists of around 20 faculties which are located all around the city of Belgrade. I am a student of the School of Electrical Engineering, which is one of the most appreciated in our country and the whole region, and only the best students from our high schools manage to enroll in it. The study program has some parts considered to be a bit harder than the rest, and most of the students say that it is the first year because it is hard to adapt to the big groups that we suddenly have to face. We don’t have many students from abroad, but the ones we do are mostly from our neighbor countries. This faculty gives some great opportunities for personal growth, because there are many student associations that we can join and improve various skills. I would like to conclude this review with a quote of a professor: “Here, we don’t teach you to be great students, we teach you to be ninjas so that you can handle every kind of engineering problem.”
There’s a big number of different faculties at University of Belgrade, but as a student of Electrical Engineering I can only speak for my own. Faculty of Electrical Engineering is the same building as Faculty of Civil Engineering and Faculty of Architecture whereas other faculties are in different parts of the city. Student dorms and cafeterias can be found in the near which makes the location excellent and student life much easier. The lectures and professors are particularly great and give a lot of opportunities for enhancing technical skills in different areas and taking the initiative for developing independent projects.
I believe the quality of different departments vary a lot, so I can only review the School of Electrical Engineering which I’m attending. Overall, we learn a lot, although we don’t dedicate enough time to anything specific to become proficient in it. It teaches us how to think like engineers, and problem solving, so that we can apply it to any problem. The facilities could be better as we do not have enough space or equipment. Professors keep their lectures relevant to the industry and keep up with new technologies, improving from year to year. I believe that we are well prepared after we graduate and can easily find a job.
The University of Belgrade consists of many different departments and many different buildings spread around the city.
I attend the School of Electrical Engineering, the building of which is shared with the Schools of Architecture and Civil Engineering. The other Faculties are more distant, so we mostly communicate with students from our own department.
The study programme of our Faculty is rather challenging, as it is made for the best students of Serbia and neighbour countries. It is important to work hard in the first year of studies, in order to adapt to the challenging environment.
However, it is very convenient that lectures are not obligatory (except the laboratories), and all needed materials are usually provided to students. Of course, it is easier to follow a subject if one attends classes, but the professors are always willing to help and devote their time so that a student understands the matter. There are several opportunities to sit exams, which makes it easier to handle all the workload.
Lastly, there are several students associations present in the Faculty that enhance the creativity and initiative of the Electrical Engineering students’ life and offer them experiences in the fields of teaching, mentoring, organising, managing projects, teamwork, communication etc. And the fact that the lectures are not mandatory brings more freedom to the daily schedule of students.
The University of Belgrade consists of many faculties that are separated all over Belgrade, but most of them are in the city center.
Still, dorm rooms are really good in different buildings and you can always ask for the one closest to your faculty.
Student life is really developed.
I’m studying at the School of Electrical Engineering and I’m really satisfied with the professors and amount of knowledge I get.
The University of Belgrade contains several different faculties and many different possibilities. Organized by Bologna, the principle is greatly conceived, but not so great and accomplished. In my Faculty of Philology, the lectures are extremely unorganized, with great breaks between lectures and matching of optional and obligatory lectures, which does not suit us at all. The curriculum is correct, although I think that the professors should more often devote themselves to teaching what we could use in practice, that is, in modern life, not to use curricula from the middle of the previous century, but to keep up with the times. Regarding tuition fees, I believe that education should be free or at least within normal limits. To pay a tuition of 1000e for a student and his parents is an eternal struggle. Especially for students from the interior who, besides this tuition, have to pay for the apartment, food and all the expenses. At other faculties of the Belgrade University it is worse. At the architectural price of tuition is about 2000e.
As far as student dorms are concerned, I have only words of praise. The price is satisfactory, the accommodation is extremely correct (at least in these homes where I was), it means a great deal of price and quality. I can say the same for the student canteen, you will not be able to find cheaper anywhere, and the food is a really correct taste. The curriculum at the faculties is not quite representative, specifically in my direction: Arabic language and literature. There is a practice in the Serbian department for teaching in secondary schools. Therefore, it can be said that only the Serbian department has the practice of representation. Also, some departments cooperate with foreign faculties and thus enable our students to go to other countries. But this has not yet been sufficiently developed and does not cover all our courses or faculties. The professors, at least from my direction, are full of understanding and open to students, ready to cooperate and to help us with uncertainty.
Belgrade as Belgrade is a vibrant city, full of students always eager for parties 🙂
I would say, here it’s still like in “The Dark Middle ages”. A lot of useless theory, practice is zero.
For many subjects we don’t even have the books, need to record lectures and then write and write and write if I want to have at least some source of studying.
If you fail one test you have to wait next year to try again, there is no second chance.
Anyway, very stressful, If I could turn back time, I would apply for some other faculty abroad.
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