Work while taking a language course in Serbia
For employment in Serbia, you will need a category D visa and a work permit. Students can work 20 hours per week. The average salary is 11 USD per hour. If you study Serbian at a university center, you can find work on campus: in the library, canteen, or administration. In addition, students earn extra money as sales associates, gardeners, waiters, nannies, or English tutors.
Another interesting point is the unemployment rate in Serbia. In 2021, it was 11%. For comparison, the average in Europe is 7.2%, and in neighboring Bulgaria it is about 4.8%. Therefore, the chances of finding a job in Serbia are low, especially without knowledge of Serbian and citizenship. Both citizens and foreign migrants note that it is very difficult to find a job in Serbia.
Most popular language schools in Serbia
The Center for Serbian as a Foreign Language at the University of Belgrade
The Center at the University of Belgrade was founded in 1986 at the Faculty of Philology. It offers full semester courses and a 3-week summer program. Face-to-face lessons are held in the university classrooms. The cost of the intensive course is 639 USD per semester, while online courses will cost 383 USD for 12 weeks.
At the University of Belgrade, you can take the national Serbian proficiency exam three times a year and receive a certificate corresponding to the CERF. The cost of the exam is 160 USD.
Serbian Language Center at the University of Novi Sad
The center began operating in 2002 at the Department of Linguistics of the Faculty of Philosophy. It helps students learn Serbian within semester programs, prepare for university admission, and pass the national Serbian proficiency exam. The courses are intended not only for students, but for everyone who wants to learn the language. The center also has the right to conduct the national examination and issues supporting certificates.
The cost of a course is from 112 USD to 256 USD per semester, depending on the language level.
There is also a summer program at the Novi Sad University Center. The duration of the program is three weeks. Students combine language learning with lectures on Serbian history, literature, and culture, excursions around Novi Sad, and meetings with Serbian writers. All activities are held in Serbian. The cost of the summer program is 799 USD, which includes a language course with an intensity of 25 hours per week, study materials, accommodation, meals, and extracurricular activities.
Serbian Language and Culture Workshop
The language school is located in Belgrade and offers a variety of courses:
- Standard and intensive programs
- Summer schools for children and adults
- University preparation programs (including entrance examinations in specialized subjects)
- Weekend courses and others
The curriculum for the school is developed by experts from the University of Belgrade. In addition to studying Serbian, students study the culture and history of the country, attend excursions, and play sports.
Classes are held all year round, with the duration of the courses being from 2 days to 48 weeks.
The weekly average cost of the course, with an intensity of 20 hours per week, is 192 USD. Extracurricular activities and study materials are included in the price. The school offers homestay options and helps students find a hostel in the center of Belgrade.
Best cities to learn Serbian
|Population||1.6 million people|
|Monthly expenses||522 USD/month|
|Attractions||Kalemegdan, Belgrade Fortress, Nikola Tesla Museum, Military Museum, Republic Square|
- Oldest European city. The history of Belgrade began more than 7 thousand years ago — the city was founded under a different name by a Celtic tribe in the 3rd century BC. The main attraction of the city — the Belgrade fortress — was built in the 1st century AD from limestone, which gave the modern name to the city. "Beograd" means "white city" in Serbian.
- Educational hub of the country. Belgrade is home to the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the University of Belgrade, the Academy of Arts, and several private universities.
- Parks and squares. Belgrade has many attractions, but its parks and squares are especially interesting. Kalemegdan Park, a favorite place for Belgrade residents, is located on a hill overlooking the Belgrade Fortress and the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers.
|Population||300 thousand people|
|Monthly expenses||475 USD/month|
|Attractions||Gallery of Matica Srpska, Museum of Vojvodina, City Hall, Church of St. Mary, Danube Park, Petrovaradin Fortress|
- Cultural capital. Novi Sad is the heart of Serbia’s cultural life. Many museums and galleries are located here, which contain the largest collection of Serbian art. The city regularly hosts cultural events, such as the “EXIT” music festival and the “Tesla Fest” — a festival dedicated to innovation and invention.
- Serbia’s most beautiful city. According to both Novi Sad residents and visitors of the city, Novi Sad surpasses even the capital of Serbia when it comes to beauty. The city has a large number of architectural monuments in different styles: Gothic, Baroque, and Neoclassicism.
- Mix of cultures. A significant part of the Novi Sad population is Hungarian. Serbian generosity and Hungarian brilliance organically merge into one culture. Novissadians are free and very sociable people: they like to argue and easily make new acquaintances.
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