Frequently Asked Questions of the Foreign Students and Staff who Wish to Come to the University of Belgrade

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Which exchange/ mobility programs are supported by UB
Students of the University of Belgrade may participate in the following exchange programs: Erasmus+ Mobility Program, bilateral exchange, CEEPUS, free mover exchange.

What is Erasmus+ Mobility Program?
The European Union's Erasmus+ program is a funding scheme to support activities in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport. The exchange is implemented within the fields of education and training, through cooperation with program and partner countries, by supporting the mobility of individual participants enrolled or employed at a higher education institution (HEI), namely:
- Student mobility for studies
- Student mobility for traineeships
- Staff mobility for teaching
- Staff mobility for training

What is the difference between credit mobility and degree seeking studies?
The mobility of an exchange student, who stays at a host institution for a study period, during which s/he can carry out activities awarding academic credits, which are then recognized by the home institution is supported by UB as credit mobility. Upon successfully completing their mobility period abroad, the students continue as candidates for the degree of their home/ sending institution.
According to Erasmus+ program, student mobility can last anywhere from 2 months (student mobility for traineeships), to 12 months within one cycle of studies. The 2021-27 Erasmus+ program period brings additional changes to duration of mobility, the information on which is soon to follow.

Degree seeking - Degree seeking students are individuals who have entered a HE institution (abroad) in order to receive a degree of that institution.

Free mover - A student participating in credit mobility outside an organized student mobility program (for example Erasmus+). A free mover chooses a host institution and organizes his/her credit mobility at that institution. The student needs a nomination letter and a relevant Learning Agreement signed by the home and host institutions, as well as other accompanying documents, in order to have the mobility period recognized by the home institution.

What is the application procedure for incoming students and staff who wish to study at the University of Belgrade?
The University of Belgrade has created an online software platform "MobiOn" in order to facilitate the application procedure for Erasmus+ KA1 candidates. The potential applicants must use this platform in order to apply for exchange and should note that those applications received or sent in any way other than through "MobiOn" will not be accepted. The "MobiOn" platform requires you to register in order to be able to access the application form and submit the requested documents. We use the information you will provide via our service to rank you as a participant in mobility programs announced on “MobiOn” platform, as defined by the privacy policy. You do not need to finish the application at one sitting; rather, you will be able to access your application frequently before you finally submit it for our review and ranking. Once your application has successfully been submitted, you will receive a confirmation and the number your application has been submitted under. Please keep this number, as you may need it for future reference.

In order to apply for mobility, please follow these steps:
Step 1 – Check the availability of mobilities offered
Step 2 – Check the Required Documents Section
Step 3 – Apply online using MobiON (mobion.bg.ac.rs)

What are the required documents for incoming students who wish to study at the University of Belgrade?
The potential applicants will be required to submit the following documents (note: All documents, except the photo, must be in PDF format:
Transcript of Records
Diploma and diploma supplement of previously obtained degrees
Learning Agreement
Recommendation letter
Motivation letter
Confirmation of Enrollment
Language Certificate
Copy of passport
CV
Photo

For more information please visit: mobion.bg.ac.rs

What is a Learning Agreement?
A formalized agreement of the three parties involved in mobility – the student, the sending institution and the receiving institution – to facilitate the implementation of mobility and its recognition. The agreement is to be signed by the student and the sending institution before and the host institution one month after the start of the mobility period, at the latest, and it is intended to give the student the confirmation that the credits he/she successfully achieves during the mobility period will be recognized.

Can I change the content of the Learning Agreement during my mobility?
The content of the LA may be changed during the mobility, subject to availability of courses and with formal approval (signature) of the three parties mentioned in Q5. Changes to the original LA need to be finalized one month after the start of the mobility period at the latest.

What is a Transcript of Records?
An up-to-date record of the students’ progress in their studies: the educational components they have taken, the number of ECTS credits they have achieved, and the grades they have been awarded. It is a vital document for recording progress and for recognizing learning achievements during student mobility.

What are the language requirements for mobility at the University of Belgrade?
The minimum recommended language of instruction level is B1 for students and B2 for staff, as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This may vary based on the requirements of the study program, which will be seen in the application form. We suggest that you upload a language certificate as one of the required application documents.

What is the application procedure for incoming staff, interested in teaching or training at the University of Belgrade?
Please see Q3.

What are the required documents for incoming staff, interested in teaching or training at the University of Belgrade
The potential applicants will be required to submit the following documents (note: All documents, except the photo, must be in PDF format:
- Academic/ Administrative Staff Mobility agreement
- (INCOMING) Mobility Agreement for Teaching / Mobiglity Agreement for Training
- Motivation letter
- Invitation letter
- Proof of employment
- Copy of passport
- CV
- Photo

For more information please visit: mobion.bg.ac.rs

Can I study in English or other foreign language at the University of Belgrade?
Yes. For more information, please check the following links:
http://bg.ac.rs/en/education/search-study-programs.php
http://bg.ac.rs/study-in-Belgrade/Language-Requirements.php

Can I take Serbian language course during my mobility in Belgrade?
Yes. All information related to Serbian as a foreign language course is available at: http://learnserbian.fil.bg.ac.rs/?lang=en

What courses can I take at the University of Belgrade?
The Course Catalogue of the University of Belgrade is available at the following web page: http://bg.ac.rs/en/education/search-study-programs.php

Do I need visa to enter the Republic of Serbia?
Information on general visa requirements and on general entry requirements can be found at the website of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia: http://mup.gov.rs/wps/portal/en/information

Do I need a residence permit in Serbia?
As an academic exchange visitor, you will need to obtain your authorization of temporary stay (residence permit) for legal stay in the Republic of Serbia during your mobility. For all stays of 90 days or more, the authorization of temporary stay is mandatory. By visiting the website of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia: http://mup.gov.rs/wps/portal/en/information you can find the general list of required documents, as well as specific documents required for obtaining the authorization of temporary stay for academic purposes.

How can I arrange accommodation during my stay in Belgrade?
Visitors can rent their own accommodation (for approximate prices, please see “Costs of Living” section of the guide). The University of Belgrade does not mediate in renting private accommodation, but there are numerous online resources for finding accommodation. As an Erasmus+ mobility participant, you can contact the INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE ERASMUS STUDENT NETWORK in Belgrade and ask for help on getting around in Belgrade:
http://belupgrade.esn.rs/
https://www.facebook.com/ESNBelUPgrade

Does the University of Belgrade have a BUDDY SYSTEM for international visiting students and staff?
The University of Belgrade has partnered with the ERASMUS STUDENT NETWORK in Belgrade in order to provide a buddy for incoming students who require this kind of assistance in getting around in Belgrade:
http://belupgrade.esn.rs/
https://www.facebook.com/ESNBelUPgrade

What are the average costs of living in Belgrade?
Please note that all costs listed in this document are estimates only and are intended to help students plan their financial resources. Actual expenditures can significantly vary depending on individual spending habits, and, of course, whether one plans to live alone or with flat mates. We estimate that students need an average of €450-600 per month per person to cover their accommodation costs, costs of utilities, meals, city transportation, some necessary personal expenses and incidentals.

What is the ECTS credit requirement for students of the University of Belgrade for taking part in a mobility/ exchange program abroad?
The minimum number of ECTS credits that one must agree upon in their LA is 19 ECTS per semester. However, this requirement may vary depending on your host institution and may be up to 30 ECTS per semester. Please check the fact sheet provided within a specific application announcement for information on the minimum ECTS requirement of your host university or contact your ECTS coordinator/ IRO office for more information

What is the minimum of ECTS credits I must register during my mobility at the University of Belgrade per semester?
Please refer to your home institution’s outgoing mobility coordinator for information regarding the minimum ECTS credits requirement. Please note that you may not take just one single course during your stay on mobility in Belgrade.

What is the amount of scholarship granted for outgoing mobility of the University of Belgrade or incoming mobility within KA107?
For information regarding scholarship amounts please visit:
https://mobion.bg.ac.rs/erasmus+/KA103/erasmus+-ka103-scholarship-overview
https://mobion.bg.ac.rs/erasmus+/KA107/erasmus+-ka107-scholarship-overview

Do I need insurance during my mobility at the University of Belgrade?
Insurance is compulsory during mobility period abroad for both staff and students.

What expenses are covered by the Erasmus+ grant?
For information regarding scholarship amounts please visit:
https://mobion.bg.ac.rs/erasmus+/KA103/erasmus+-ka103-scholarship-overview
https://mobion.bg.ac.rs/erasmus+/KA107/erasmus+-ka107-scholarship-overview

Is tuition fee waived for mobility/exchange programs?
Tuition fees are waived according to Erasmus+ program rules. Additionally, bilateral exchange agreements are signed under the requirement that tuition fee will be waived. Additionally, some bilateral exchange agreements may offer free accommodation free of charge, based on reciprocity.

Our universities did not sign an inter-institutional agreement. Can I still apply for Erasmus+ mobility at the University of Belgrade?
Incoming students and staff may apply for training mobility at the University of Belgrade without an Inter-Institutional Agreement of Cooperation signed between the candidate’s home institution and UB. The approval of this type of mobility is subject to availability of the hosting institution (UB itself or any of its members) to accommodate a particular request at any given time. We therefore kindly ask you to contact the University of Belgrade well in advance of your planned training mobility program.

When do I become eligible to apply for mobility/exchange program?
In order to take part in a mobility or an exchange program offered by the University of Belgrade, a student must submit a proof of enrollment into a study program (all levels of study) organized by the University.
Outgoing undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of study of their UG study program before they can even apply for mobility/exchange.
According to the same policy, incoming undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of study of their UG study program before they can apply for mobility/exchange. This requirement may be even higher at some foreign universities, so please also refer to your home university for additional confirmation of the requirement.

COVID-19 Related Information and Updates
OUTGOING STUDENTS: With respect to the still-ongoing pandemic of the coronavirus, we kindly ask all outgoing candidates of the University of Belgrade to immediately inform the Erasmus+ Team of the University of Belgrade of any changes, delays or cancellations of their planned mobility abroad, so that we may take the necessary steps to ensure the smooth implementation of the Erasmus+ mobility program at our institution.
INCOMING STUDENTS: We take this opportunity to inform you that, the University of Belgrade continues to organize the call for incoming mobility, hoping that the fall (autumn) semester (October 2021-January 2022) will run as planned and taking all safety measures to protect the health of all students and staff at the University of Belgrade.
With respect to the still-ongoing pandemic of the coronavirus, please read the following information published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, concerning the latest measures in force regarding travel and entry to Serbia: http://www.mfa.gov.rs/en/themes/covid173202019.
The University of Belgrade sends regular updates to all staff and students regarding the measures taken at our institution to prevent the spread of the disease. In case you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the Erasmus+ Team of the University of Belgrade.
Additional information: http://bg.ac.rs/en/vest.php?id=1461