Montenegro is located in the southern part of Eastern Europe with a classification of upper-middle income country by the World Bank. The cultural heritage of the country is heavily influenced by the cultures of countries it shares borders with.
It is common to notice the influence of Adriatic, Slavic, orthodox and Central European cultures in the day to day activities of people here. This makes this country of just under 700,000 thousand inhabitants one of the most multicultural places in Eastern and Central Europe.
The capital is called Podgorica and has a population of about 200,000. Though the official language since independence from Serbia in 2006 is Montenegrin, four other major languages are spoken reflecting the ethnic mix of the country. These are Serbian, Albanian, Bosnian and Croatian.
Why study in Montenegro
1. The education system is well established and efficiently managed by the government agency in charge of higher education. A wide range of academic programs is offered leading to a Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees.
2. The fees charged in Montenegro for University education is comparatively low.
3. The main University, The University of Montenegro, collaborates with many countries around the world thus providing valuable multicultural experiences for the students through exchange programs.
4. By studying in Montenegro, students, especially those with a flair for languages, can easily learn up to 5 languages. This is because, apart from the official language Montenegrin, Serbian, Bosnian, Albanian and Croatian are also recognized as official languages.
Cost of living in Montenegro
The cost of living in Montenegro is relatively lower than other major European and world cities. For instance, it is about 47% lower than in the US.
And to put it in better perspective city-wise, the cost of living in Podgorica is 64% lower than Washington DC; about 50% lower than Stockholm; 61% lower than London; and 12% cheaper than if you lived in Tehran.
The average figures for some specific items are as follows
- Average cost of lunch in business district – €11
- Fast food in a restaurant – €4
- 2 liters of Coca-Cola – €1.4
- Monthly rent for a studio apartment (furnished) – €257
- Monthly Internet of 8Mbs – €22
- Monthly ticket public transport – €26
- Movie ticket – €4
- Dinner in a pub – €10
Universities in Montenegro
There are three full-fledged recognized universities in the country, they are
- University of Montenegro
- University Donja Gorica
- University Mediteran
They are all based in the capital Podgorica. The biggest and most internationally recognized is the University of Montenegro. This is the government-owned University. The other two are privately-funded schools.
Overview of the University of Montenegro
The University of Montenegro, Podgorica, was established in 1974 and has two other campuses in the cities of kotor and Niksic. The university offers various undergraduate, post-graduate and graduate courses in many areas of studies
The 17 faculties cater to a student population of about 20,000-25,000. International students, whether privately funded or on special scholarships are welcome to apply.
Tuition for international students
- Undergraduates – about €750 per year
- Postgraduate – between €750 and £1800 per year
Note that the Tuition fee does not include fees for room, boarding and other costs. The tuition also depends on the type of course you are studying and year of study among other factors.
Undergraduate students – students must submit original copies of their birth certificate and high school diploma (secondary school certificate).
The university Senate meets to determine the number of international students to be admitted in each faculty.
Postgraduate studies – Intending students must submit transcripts of undergraduate studies, birth certificate and other relevant documents to the Ministry of Education and Science for validation.
The University has halls of residence for students in all the campuses. However, the number of rooms available for international students are limited.
Most student though live in rented accommodation. The cost depends on location and distance from the school. Generally, the range is between €80 and €400 per month. To cut costs, students can explore the option of sharing studio apartments.
There is an efficient public transport system in Podgorica. Tickets bought from the bus driver cost €0.5. Taxis too are very cheap costing a maximum of €1.3 for a single trip.
However, since the town is small, distances are short. So it is possible to walk to your destination without breaking much sweat.
Check the University’s website for further information