Types of studies

Higher education is performed through university and professional studies. University studies are performed at universities while professional studies are performed at polytechnics and schools of professional higher education. Professional studies can be performed at universities only exceptionally, with the prior consent by the National Council for Higher Education.

University study qualifies students for performing jobs in science and higher education, business community, public sector and society in general, as well as training them for developing and applying scientific and professional achievements.

University study includes three levels: undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate.

1.   Undergraduate university study normally lasts for three to four years and students earn 180-240 ECTS credits. Upon completion students are awarded an academic title of baccalaureus or baccalaurea (prvostupnik or prvostupnica) with a reference to a specialisation, which qualifies a student for a specialized work in art or science. Students can continue their studies at graduate university study or specialist professional graduate study or enter the labour market.*

2.   Graduate university study normally lasts for one to two years and students earn 60-120 ECTS credits. A total number of credits earned at undergraduate and graduate study is at least 300 ECTS credits.

Upon completion of undergraduate and graduate study, students are awarded an academic title of Magister or Magistra with reference to a specialization. 
Students can continue their studies at postgraduate university study or enter the labour market.*

3.   Postgraduate university study normally lasts three years. Upon completion students are awarded an academic title of Doctor of Science or Doctor of Arts. Universities may also organise a postgraduate specialist study lasting one to two years and award a title of a specialist in a certain field.

Professional study offers students an appropriate level of knowledge and skills enabling them to perform professional occupations, and trains them for a direct entry into the labour market.

Professional study includes two levels: professional study and specialist professional graduate study.

Professional study last two to three years and students earn 120-180 ECTS credits. Exceptionally, following the approval of the National Council for Higher Education, professional study may last up to four years and students earn up to 240 ECTS credits. Upon completion of professional study with less than 180 ECTS credits students are awarded a professional title of professional baccalaureus or baccalaurea (prvostupnik or prvostupnica) with a reference to a specialization. Upon completion of professional study with 180 ECTS credits or more students are awarded a professional title of professional baccalaureus or baccalaurea (prvostupnik or prvostupnica) with a reference to a specialisation.

Students can continue their studies at specialist professional graduate study or graduate university study or enter the labour market.*

Specialist professional graduate study last one to two years and students earn 60-120 ECTS credits. Upon completion students are awarded a title of a specialist of the respective profession. Students can continue their studies at graduate university study or enter the labour market.*

* The enrolment requirements for all levels of university and professional studies are determined by higher education institutions themselves.