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bihHigher education in Bosnia and Herzegovina is regulated by the Framework Law on Higher Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina (hereinafter referred to as the Law), which was adopted in July 2007. The Law gives framework for the Bologna Process. More about Bologna Process…

Under the Law, higher education in Bosnia and Herzegovina is organized in the following three cycles:

  • The first cycle - leading to an undergraduate degree - can be obtained after 3 or 4 years of full-time study and carries between 180 and 240 ECTS. The exceptions are studies in medical sciences, which can comprise up to 360 ECTS.
  • The second cycle - leading to a Master degree or equivalent - lasts 1 or 2 years and carries between 60 and 120 ECTS.
  • The third cycle - leading to a doctoral degree - lasts 3 years and comprises 180 ECTS.

There are 10 public Higher Education Institutions in BIH, including the 8 universities and 2 colleges, and about 35 privately funded Higher Education Institutions.  More about higher education system in BIH in the following document: ‘’Higher Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina’’.