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Childcare / School


With more than 22.000 foreigners, working in Serbia, in 2009, childcare and schooling is one of the real challenges for problem of joining families. Fortunately, Belgrade can offer a number of international schools, with programmes in French, German and English as well as nurseries. Check out the links below to find more on the child care and schooling.


Accredited international schools



Education System - Preschool

Preschool education of 6 months is compulsory and is the first part of compulsory studies in Serbia.

The preschool education is offered by kindergartens in Serbia.

Children at the age of 5 or 6 may attend pre-school education.



Education System - Primary school

Primary education in Serbia is compulsory and lasts for 8 years. At the age of 6 or 7 children go to the primary schools (osnovna skola) in Serbia. The primary education is split up into two levels:

- Lower grades: Comprising grades 1 to 4

- Higher grades Comprising grades 5 to 8



Education System - Secondary school

Secondary education in Serbia is not compulsory and generally last for 4 years. Secondary schools (srednja skola) in Serbia are of following types:

- Gymnasiums

- Secondary vocational

Gymnasiums (gimnazija): This type of secondary school provides general and professional education. Studies at gymnasiums last for 4 years. Upon successful completion of the gymnasium studies, students are awarded a high school diploma.

There are 2 special gymnasiums:

- Mathematical high schools (Matematička gimnazija): Pupils at the age of 12 or above may attend this high school

- Philology gymnasiums: These high schools provide language courses.





Education System - Examination

At the end of secondary education, students are required to take a graduation exam-Matura. The Matura exam comprises of three compulsory exams:

- Serbian language

- Mathematics

- Exam that contain questions from chemistry, history, biology, geography and physics

If student wants to go for bilingual education, in that case, in addition to the above mentioned exams, he/she has to take a second foreign language exam also.



International nurseries and schools in Serbia

At the right, find links to existing international nurseries, primary and secondary schools in Serbia.

  • British International School - Education at BIS, for students of 4 years old to 18 years old, is centered round the British curriculum and developing all aspects of a student's intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual personalities.
  • International School of Belgrade - ISB is a fully authorized International Baccalaureate World School.
  • PRIMA International School of Belgrade -The Cambridge Primary Curriculum Framework provides a natural progression through six stages of Primary education, from Stage 1 when children first enter Primary education (at the approximate age of 5) to Stage 6 when they usually move on to Secondary education
  • Chartwell Primary School - Chartwell delivers the Cambridge Primary Curriculum, typically designed for 5-11 year olds, providing a curriculum framework to develop English, Mathematics, and Science skills, knowledge and understanding in younger learners.
  • Gimnazija Ruđer Bošković - Private high school with English programme. Authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme since April 2006, the programme is taught in English. The school has boarding facilities and is open to male and female students.
  • Crnjanski High School - Private high school with English programme. Authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme since February 2006, the programme is taught in English. The school is open to male and female students.
  • École Française de Belgrade [In French]
  • Deutsche Schule Belgrad [In German]
  • International School of Belgrade - Private high school with English programme. IB World School since April 2005. It offers the IB Primary Years Programme, IB Middle Years Programme and IB Diploma Programme.


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