Higher Education System
The higher education in Kosovo* is regulated by the Higher Education Law (Law No.04/L-037), adopted in August 2011 and bylaws derived from it.
In terms of degree structures, higher education is organized as follow:
- First level – three (3) to four (4) years of studies in which the student reaches respectively 180 or 240 ECTS, and obtains a Bachelor Degree.
- Second level – one (1) to two (2) years of studies after completion of the first level in which the student reaches respectively 60 or 120 ECTS and obtains a Master Degree.
- Third level – programme of doctorate studies with an academic and independent research
scientific character. Doctoral studies include minimum 3 years of study or 180 ECTS.
- Any other post-secondary education at level 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the European Qualifications
Framework for Lifelong Learning, for which credits may be given (ECTS).
Types of Higher Education Institutions
According to the Law on Higher Education, higher education institutions are classified in the following categories:
- University is an institution of higher education which offers educational, scientific, research/artistic and professional programmes in at least five different subject areas and who has issued at least one graduate with an accredited doctorate in each of these programmes.
- University College is an institution of higher education, which offers Bachelor, Master and
Doctoral studies in at least three study areas. University Colleges offer professional and
academic oriented programmes.
- College is an institution of higher education which offers professional or academic programmes at Bachelor and Master level.
- Higher professional schools offer professional courses in one or more professional fields at
Bachelor level, including programmes at level V according to NQF.
- Academies provide higher education and creative activity in specific areas of arts, sports or other professional areas at Bachelor and Master level, including programmes at level V according to NQF.
(Source: EACEA Overview of the Higher Education System, 2017)