Being A Student In Montenegro: 2016 vs 2017 – What Has Changed?
Education is considered to be one of the main contributing factors to economic growth and prosperity. Poor education causes all kinds of problems, resulting in a poorly qualified, under-skilled workforce. In Montenegro, education is valued and cherished like every other country within the European Union and the state has recently made promising changes to improve education for its students.
Structural Reform – Every year, the Montenegro government and the colleges aim to identify skills required in the workforce. These practical and theoretical skills are then incorporated into educational programmes. Currently, there are several changes underway regarding a revised curriculum. In addition to focusing on standards of learning, the government are also focusing on the quality of teaching, offering comprehensive teacher training.
Although introduced in 2016, the Montenegro educational system has accommodated student exchange programmes in 2017. It is hoped that these exchange programs will enhance student experience and there have been discussions about undertaking a staff exchange.
In Montenegro, the cost of transportation remains very much the same. Buses and taxis remain the preferred method of transport for students. The price of a single ticket for the bus is €0.7 and can be purchased from the bus driver when you board. Taxis are rather cheap, with many taxi companies available (minimum fare is between €1.00-1.30) and also walking to and from faculties is possible.
New Policy Initiatives
Through an agreement with the Statistical Office and the Science and Technology Park, a proposal has been outlined to enhance standards of education focusing on excellence, teaching practices and innovation.
Tuition Fee, Scholarships and Grants
From 2016, the tuition fee of international students and Montenegro students are categorised as either state-subsidised or self-financed. State-subsidised students are those who meet the performance standard required to benefit from government grant. This merit-based grant does not exceed EUR 860 and is only offered to a small proportion of students; with 1.5% benefiting. A further 13% of students are eligible for loans.
For self-financing students, the fee is between EUR 500 and EUR 1 000 per year for public university, depending on the study profile. The most common fee level is EUR 500. Fees for the second cycle are between EUR 1,500-2, 000 per year.