Education System in Macedonia


 EducationSchool/LevelGrade FromGrade ToAge FromAge ToYearsNotes
PrimaryElementary school197158Certificate/diploma awarded: Certificate for Completed Elementary Education/Svidetelstvo za zavreno osnovno obrazovanie
SecondaryGimnazija - Secondary1415194Certificate/diploma awarded: Secondary School Leaving Certificate/Svidetelstvo za zavreno sredno obrazovanie; International Baccalaureate Josip Broz Tito Gymnasium, Skopje), 2 yrs after 2nd grade of secondary education
VocationalTechnical School/Tehnicki Ucilište  15194Certificate/diploma awarded: Secondary School Leaving Certificate/Svidetelstvo za zavreno sredno tehniko obrazovanie
VocationalVocational School/Ucilište Za Zanimanja  15194Certificate/diploma awarded: Secondary Vocational School Leaving Certificate/Svidetelstvo za zavreno sredno obrazovanie za zanimaweto
TertiaryBachelor/Diplomiran     The first-level degree of university study is obtained on completion of a four- to six-year course in one of the two universities. The exact duration of studies leading to higher level diplomas depends on the type of faculty. For instance: Faculty of Medicine, 6 years of study (in Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry); Technological/Metallurgical Faculty - 5 years of study; Faculty of Law - 4 years of study. Each graduate student can specialize in relevant professional fields - e.g. Surgery, Obstetrics, Engineering. Such specialization requires one to five years of practical training.
TertiaryTertiary - University      
TertiaryMaster/Magister po, Specialization/Specijalizacija     The Magister degree (Master of Science/Master of Arts) is awarded after two years' study followed by research and the writing of a thesis which is defended in public and approved by a mentor. Each graduate student can specialize in relevant professional fields - e.g. Surgery, Obstetrics, Engineering. Such specialization requires one to five years of practical training.
TertiaryMaster/Magister po, Specialization/Specijalizacija     The Magister degree (Master of Science/Master of Arts) is awarded after two years' study followed by research and the writing of a thesis which is defended in public and approved by a mentor. Each graduate student can specialize in relevant professional fields - e.g. Surgery, Obstetrics, Engineering. Such specialization requires one to five years of practical training.
TertiaryDoctorate/Doktor na nauki     The title of Doctor of Science is conferred to candidates who have obtained the Master's degree and after an approved period of research and the defence of a doctoral dissertation.

Primary Education

Education in Macedonia follows a 3-tier process, namely elementary, secondary and then tertiary education. The former process takes 8 years from age 7 to 15, culminating in a certificate for completed elementary education or svidetelstvo za zavreno osnovno obrazovanie.

Secondary Education

Secondary school that follows has options including classical high school education, vocational education, art high school education, and high school education for those with disabilities. Classical  and arts pupils study for 4 years at the end of which they take final examinations for a secondary school leaving certificate, or svidetelstvo za zavreno sredno that may entitle them to apply to go on to university. Vocational students have a choice of attending for 2, 3 and even 4 years according to the level of qualification that they desire.

Vocational Education

The system of ongoing education for adults is well-established. A variety of institutions present courses ranging from completing secondary education through to programs in a wide range of subjects - for example information technology, foreign languages, management and business.

Tertiary Education

Macedonia EducationHigher education is available at colleges and other pedagogical academies in the form of 2-year courses.

Nearly half of all classical secondary students enroll at 1 of 2 universities, namely Saint Clement of Ohrid University founded in 1979, and Saints Cyril and Methodius University established in 1946 and illustrated here.

It has 25 faculties and 11 research institutes, over 50,000 students and approximately 3,000 research and teaching staff.


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