The education system in Bosnia and Herzegovina consists of:
- Pre-school education
- Elementary Education
- Secondary Education
- Higher Education
Preschool education is an integral part of the educational system in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is the first, special and specific level of the educational system, which deals with pre-school education of children age. Preschool education should be understood in a broader term that is defined by the terms: nurture, education, care and welfare.
Public kindergartens in Banja Luka (link not in English)
Public kindergartens in Sarajevo (link not in English)
Elementary education in BIH lasts for nine years. Elementary education is compulsory and free in the public institutions for the children of the age from 6 to 15. Parallel to the acquisition of elementary education, art education (music, ballet, etc.) can be acquired under conditions and in the manner prescribed by the law.
Elementary schools in Republic of Srpska (link not in English)
Elementary schools in Sarajevo (link not in English)
Secondary education is an integral part of the education system in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Within the secondary school education there are the following types of schools:
Grammar schools with a four-year-long curriculum; upon their completion students can enter higher education.
Vocational schools (technical, industrial, trade and other, as defined by the curriculum) with three to four year long curricula; access to higher education is ensured to all students who have completed four year secondary school regardless of their age.
Secondary schools in Republic of Srpska (link not in English)
Secondary schools in Sarajevo (link not in English)
Higher education is implemented through university and professional study programmes and it is organized in three cycles:
The first cycle leads to the academic titles of completed undergraduate studies (the degree of Bachelor) or equivalent, gained after at least three or at most four years of study after completion of the acquisition of Testimonies high school, which is valued at least 180, or 240 points, the European Credit Transfer System
The second cycle leads to the academic title of master or equivalent, acquired after completing undergraduate studies, and lasts one or two years, and evaluated with 60, or 120 ECTS credits, in a manner that the sum of the first cycle is 300 ECTS points, and
The third cycle leads to the academic title of doctor, or equivalent, lasts three years, which are valued with 180 ECTS.
Completion of first cycle degree acquired the right to a particular academic title or professional title in particular area. Upon completion of the degree of the second cycle there is an academic title and the title of Master or equivalent to the area. Upon completion of the degree of the third cycle there is an academic title and scientific degree Doctor of Science for the area.
List of all universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina under Higher education institutions in BiH 17/18