Founded in 1808, the University of Belgrade is the oldest and largest higher education institution in Serbia.
Comprising 31 schools, 11 research institutes, eight centres and a university library of more than 3.5 million volumes, the university offers over 350 study programmes in sciences, mathematics, technology, engineering sciences, medical sciences, social sciences and the humanities.
It has a highly regarded law school, which, along with being one of the largest in the Balkans, has also produced numerous expert scholars in law and government officials.
Home to almost 100,000 students and approximately 4,200 academic and research staff, the university is divided into two main campuses: the King Alexander Boulevard Campus and the Studentski Trg. It offers student accommodation for more than 11,000 students around Belgrade, making it the largest student housing provider in the country.
In recent years the university has expanded its international outreach and currently participates in a number of international mobility programmes for students in the European Higher Education Area.
Belgrade is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a strong cultural heritage. The Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the National Library of Serbia and the National Theatre are among its most popular visitor destinations, alongside the city’s many museums, monuments, art galleries, parks and restaurants.
Since the early 19th century, the university has played a significant role in the development of Belgrade and many of its buildings have heritage status. In 1941, the university was forced to close when the country came under occupation by German forces. At the end of the war, it re-opened and gradually expanded its number of faculties
The university’s alumni includes a number of Serbian presidents.