ARE YOU INTERESTED FOR AN EXCHANGE TO UNIVERSITY OF SARAJEVO?
An exchange student can be defined as a person doing a limited period of study abroad (in the framework of ongoing studies at the home institution). This mobility increases one’s linguistic and social skills and well as the maturity, confidence and self-esteem. Having an International experience has a positive impact in your future career and it’s a mind opened for an increasingly global world. Exchange is usually done through the implementation of different mobility programs (i.e. Erasmus+, CEEPUS, Mevlana, International Visegrad Fund, DAAD, Fulbright, programs supported by government through their embassies in the host countries, university, national or regional funds, or self-financed mobility).
In any case, you can apply to the University of Sarajevo as an exchange student if:
- there is a valid student exchange agreement between your home university and the University of Sarajevo, and
- you have been nominated by your home university.
WHEN TO APPLY?
For Winter semester (September – February) or Full Academic year
- Nomination done by your Home University: 15 May
- Application documents sent by incoming student/staff: 30 May
For Summer semester (February – July)
- Nomination done by your Home University: 15 November
- Application documents sent by incoming student/staff: 30 November
Please note that late applications will not be considered!
HOW TO APPLY?
Check with your home university (International Relations Office) the availability to apply for a mobility at UNSA. Regardless the funding and/or mobility program you must be officially nominated by your home institution. Nomination is an activity done through email communication from your home coordinator who confirms that the student was selected by his/her home institution to carry out a study period at UNSA.
You home university needs to send us:
- candidate’s data (name, surname, study field, study cycle, email, and preferably learning agreement)
- application documents (see below)
After official nomination from your home university, if we do not receive your documents in the nomination procedure, you will be contacted by our office to send needed documents by given deadlines (above). Instructions on how to prepare and fill in these documents are given here.
STUDENTS need to send next documents:
1 Learning Agreement
2 Transcript of records
3 Proof of knowledge of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian or English language
4 CV (Europass form)
When you collect and fill in needed documents as explained in instructions, please send your documents to the following e-mails: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by given deadlines (above).
DURATION OF MOBILITY
Student can apply for the period of 1 or 2 semesters. Duration is usually determined in the mobility program public call.
Important dates for incoming students:
- Winter semester (October – February)
- Summer semester (February – July)
More information are given in the section: Academic calendar.
PROOF OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
UNSA requires a scanned copy of a language certificate which proves the language level B1-B2 as agreed in the Inter-Institutional Agreement signed by partners institutions (according to the Common European Framework for Languages – see http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/resources/european-language-levels-cefr).
LEARNING AGREEMENT AND CHANGES (for students)
It’s a form provided by the sending institution, which must be filled in by computer and properly signed and stamped by the home institution. All information about offered study programmes, courses and language of tuition at University of Sarajevo is available at http://www.erasmus.unsa.ba/academic_offer/.
Information about degrees and subjects must be given by the corresponding Coordinator at UNSA. All members/departments have a Departmental Coordinator which is the contact person for exchange students on all academic matters. They are assisted by the Central International Relations Office at UNSA headquarters and by extensions of this office in each member (see Contacts). The coordinator is the only person that can inform if the subjects are available or not to Erasmus students.
Students should be aware that some changes on the LA’s will have to be done upon their arrival to UNSA depending on the instructions of the coordinators and the schedule of each subject.
Changes to the previous Learning Agreement can be made within one month after arrival, after permission of both institutions: the sending and the receiving.
RESPOND AND RESULTS
After your official nomination and application, we will forward your profile with documents to the host institution of the University of Sarajevo to the responsible coordinators. They will bring decision based on the information provided in the application documents. You should receive your respond in duration of 4 weeks. You will be informed whether your application is accepted or declined. After we receive your application documents and your host department has approved your application, we will send you confirmation (below).
Documents that prove the acceptance of the students at UNSA:
- Acceptance letter – issued by UNSA proving that the student/staff was accepted and which will be used for visa’s purposes (only if required);
- Learning Agreement approved by UNSA – after signed and stamped by the Departmental Coordinator, Learning Agreement is sent by e-mail to the sending institution.
Make sure your check academic information – your obligations before, during and after mobility: http://www.erasmus.unsa.ba/academic-information/
You can apply for student accommodation using the contact details at our Student dorm or to contact Erasmus Student Network for additional information. Private accommodation is also available through different webpages:
WHEN TO ARRIVE?
- If you are coming for the Winter semester (October-February) you should arrive in the second half of September – before the Welcome week activities (at least one week before the starting of classes).
- If you are coming for the Summer semester (February-July) you should arrive by the beginning of February – before the Welcome week activities (at least one week before the starting of classes).
For exacts dates you should be notified by the welcome email, but also check the Academic calendar.
At your arrival you should meet the international responsible person for incoming students in the corresponding organizational unit at UNSA. In order to schedule the time to receive you, as soon as possible, you must inform the international responsible colleague about the date and the time of your arriving in UNSA.
You need to bring all of your print documents about your mobility:
- Learning agreement (students)
- Travel documents (tickets, boarding passes)
You will sing confirmation of arrival that will be sent to your home university as a proof of start of your mobility and financial support. Some universities have their own form of confirmation of arrival. Make sure you bring it with you if that case.
UNSA will have a Welcome day and Orientation program after the arrival of every students and you will be informed about the welcome day after your arrival to UNSA. Welcome week (Orientation program) represents an activity for incoming students where International Relations office provides needed academic and administrative information. Welcome week is usually organized one week before classes start following the academic calendar. More on: http://www.erasmus.unsa.ba/welcome-week/
HOW TO ARRIVE?
International Airport Sarajevo is located in the city of Sarajevo, 12 km away from the center and offers variety of flight connections to this city (web: http://www.sarajevo-airport.ba/?lang=eng). Note: there is bus line named Aerodrom – Baščaršija that connects Airport to the City center (time table). Additional transport would be a taxi. Estimated charge should be our 10-12 EURO. Be careful when taking a taxi, make sure driver has his/her taxi-meter on.
Train station is placed in the center of the city, and further transport from the station to your accommodation place is by Tram (no.1) to the East and Tram (no.4) to the West).
Bus station is placed in the center of the city (same as train station), and further transport from the station to your accommodation place is by Tram (no.1) to the East and Tram (no.4) to the West).
VISA AND RESIDENCE PERMIT
As an exchange student/staff who will stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina longer than 90 days for academic/administrative purposes, you will need to regulate your residence permit in order not to have residence problems during your staying in Sarajevo. Note: Citizens of the European Union Member States do not require visa for entrance to Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, in order to stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina longer than three (3) months for academic/administrative purposes it is required to regulate your residence permit. Citizens of non-European countries need to check if they need student visa to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina with the embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in their home countries. For regulating residence permit, you will need to collect certain documents, while bringing one from your home – proof of non criminal record. Please check the instructions here.
After your arrival, you will be instructed what are you obligations regarding the enrollment.
Contacts of the Central International Relations office or contact persons for your study programmes are given here.
BEFORE RETURNING HOME
Before returning home you need to have the following documents:
- Confirmation of departure – issued by UNSA with the respective mobility dates proving that the student completed the mobility program. It’s given to the student the day before leaving from UNSA;
- Transcript of records / Grade Certificate – issued by UNSA with the marks obtained which will formalize the academic recognition at the home institution. Every student is entitled to an official Transcript of Records after having completed his studies in UNSA. The Transcript of Records will be send directly to the International Office of the sending institution;
- Final report (provided for the effect) – must be filled before the student returns their home country and signed by departmental and institutional host coordinator.
More about obligation before, during and after mobility are given at: http://www.erasmus.unsa.ba/academic-information/.
LOCAL LANGUAGE COURSE
UNSA organizes a Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Language Course for international students in each semester. This course will be held to all students who are doing an international mobility at UNSA. Course is organized based on the expressed interest by incoming students. All the interested students will be informed about the registration procedure and specific information about this course (such as price, number of credits, …) in the beginning of each semester (after the arrival to UNSA).
Insurance is not provided at the University of Sarajevo, therefore student should provide their own insurance during their mobility in Sarajevo.
ERASMUS STUDENT NETWORK
Sarajevo has a section of the ESN – Erasmus Student Network, which collaborates directly with the University of Sarajevo.
If you want to know more about this Association and the support that they can provide to international students, you should contact:
- Facebook page:
The Buddy helps with practical matters when settling in and as a contact during the exchange period. The Buddy can also meet the exchange students upon their arrival in Sarajevo. The Buddy works on a voluntary basis. If you want a Buddy, you can ask for it contacting ESN (see contacts in “ESN – Erasmus Student Network”) – above.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL NEEDS
Students that need a special assistance, please contact the UNSA’s International Relations Office and the international responsible person for incoming students in the member institution in which students are going to study. It is important that the student or the sending institution contact the UNSA before your arrival and in time in order to do the necessary arrangements.