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Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje
Republic of Macedonia





WELCOME


Dear student,

On behalf of the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University and the City of Skopje,  we would like to welcome you and thank you for considering our University as a host for your student exchange.

This Guide has been especially designed for foreign students who intend to study temporarily at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. Here you will find some necessary and practical information that will help you prepare for the study abroad period and will be useful to you in your first days in Skopje.

We hope you have a rewarding and successful stay in Skopje, Macedonia.



International Relations Office
Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje


CONTENT

General information on Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje
International Strategy
Levels of Study Programmes
Grading System
Academic Calendar
Faculties and Research Institutes
Enrolment Procedure
Macedonian Language Course
University Residence Hall
Private Accommodation
General information on Macedonia and Skopje
Bank Account
Visa and Residence Permit
Health Insurance
Arrival in Skopje
Contact Information




GENERAL INFORMATION ON SS. CYRIL AND METHODIUS UNIVERSITY IN SKOPJE

International strategy
Ss. Cyril and Methodius University was founded in 1949 and today it consists of 21 different faculties and 10 research institutes. The language of instruction is Macedonian, however some courses are taught in the minority languages and English language for some postgraduate courses. The University organizes postgraduate studies on 17 different faculties and two research institutes with total of 148 disciplines. During the academic 2008-2009 at the University were enrolled over 40 000 students.

Ss. Cyril and Methodius University is actively following the Bologna Process, fully accepting the  Bologna Declaration as it’s strategy with the following priorities:
•    Development and securing the academic autonomy
•    European Credit Transfer System full implementation
•    Harmonization and compatibility of the study programs with the EU model of university
•    System of Quality assurance with evaluation and accreditation of the higher education institutions and study programs
•    Student and academic staff mobility
•    Competitiveness at home and abroad

Levels of study programmes offered
•    B.A - duration of studies: three years, including 180 credits.
•    M.A -duration of studies: two years, including 120 credits (total 300 credits combined with the first cycle of studies).
•    PhD - duration of studies: three years, including 180 credits. Research Doctorate is still possible until the end of 2009.

Grading System
                                                                                                                           
10(A)Excellent (outstandingperformance with only minor errors)
9(B)Very Good (above theaverage standards but with some errors)
8(C)Good (generally sound workwith a number notable errors)
7(D)Satisfactory (fair, butwith significant shortcomings)
6(E)Sufficient (performancemeets the minimum criteria)
5(F)Fail

ECTS - European Credit Transfer System
1 ECTS credit is equivalent to approximately 30 working hours. The annual workload is 60 ECTS credits.

Academic calendar and important dates
Academic calendar




   FALL SEMESTER
15 September – 31 December

SPRING SEMESTER
1 February - 15 May

Students are expected to arrive in Skopje before the start of the semester.

National holidays

September 8, Independence Day; September 20, Ramazan Bajram; October 11, Day of Macedonian Rebellion; October 23, Day of Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle; December 8, St. Clement Of Ohrid Day; January 1, New Year’s Day; January 6, Christmas Eve; January 7, Christmas; January 19, Twelfth Day; April 2, Holy Friday; April 5, Easter; May 1, Labour Day; May 21 Pentecost; May 24, Saints Cyril and Methodius Day; August 28, Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

University Academic Structure
Language of instruction is Macedonian language, only except the institutions marked in blue.

Faculties:

“Blaze Koneski” Faculty of Philology (www.flf.ukim.edu.mk)
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Food (www.fznh.ukim.edu.mk)
Faculty of Architecture (www.arh.ukim.edu.mk)
Faculty of Civil Engineering (www.gf.ukim.edu.mk)
Faculty of Dentistry (www.stomfak.ukim.edu.mk)
Faculty of Dramatic Arts (www.fdu.ukim.edu.mk)
Faculty of Economics (www.eccf.ukim.edu.mk)
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Techologies (www.feit.ukim.edu.mk)
Faculty of Fine Arts (www.flu.ukim.edu.mk)
Faculty of Forestry (www.sf.ukim.edu.mk)
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (www.pmf.ukim.edu.mk)
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (www.mf.ukim.edu.mk)
Faculty of Medicine (www.medf.ukim.edu.mk)
Faculty of Music (www.mmc.ukim.edu.mk/fmu.htm)
Faculty of Pharmacy (www.ff.ukim.edu.mk)
Faculty of Philosophy (www.fzf.ukim.edu.mk)
Faculty of Physical Education (www.ffk.ukim.edu.mk)
Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy (www.tmf.ukim.edu.mk)
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (www.fvm.edu.mk)
Iustinianus Primus Faculty of Law (www.pf.ukim.edu.mk)
St. Clement Ohridski Faculty of Pedagogy (www.pfsko.ukim.edu.mk)

Research Institutes:

Institute of Agriculture
Institute of Cattle-breeding
Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (www.iziis.edu.mk)
Institute of Economics
Institute of Sociological, Political and Juridical Research
Institute of Macedonian Literature
Institute of National History
Krste Misirkov Institute of Macedonian Language
Marko Cepenkov Institute of Folklore

Enrolment Procedure and Selection of Courses
Prior to the arrival, you need to arrange your Learning agreement with the ECTS coordinator at your home institution. The IRO officer and/or the ECTS-coordinator at the faculty of the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje will help you with the enrolment procedure once you arrive.

The International Relations Office at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje is located at the Rectorate building (Address: Blvd. Krste Misirkov, bb. 1000 Skopje). The Office provides assistance for incoming students regarding admission, counselling and related information. Upon arrival all incoming students should visit the IRO (working hours: Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4 pm).

Macedonian Language Course
Macedonian is the official language of instruction at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje and the majority of the courses are taught in Macedonian. If you are interested in learning Macedonian, there is a possibility to follow courses at the Centre for Foreign Languages in Skopje. The courses start at the end of September, the price for one semester (3 months) is approximately 130 Euros (this is a non-credit programme).

University Residence Hall
There is a limited number of beds at the University premises for exchange students. The International Relations Office will assist in housing within the University premises.

Erasmus students can apply for a bed in the University Residence Hall which offers accommodation in studio/apartments. The price is around 300-350 EUR/month per person.

After receiving the Information and Invitation letter from the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, please send back the request form for housing.

The University does not guarantee place at the University Residence Hall.

Private Accommodation
The IRO office does not provide assistance in finding private accommodation, however we can  direct you to the websites of some of the real estate agencies in Macedonia, which will assist you in finding the best suitable accommodation according to your preferences. You can consult the following sites:

www.adriatik93.com.mk
www.realestate.com.mk
www.casarealestate.com.mk
www.primacasa.com.mk


GENERAL INFORMATION ON MACEDONIA AND THE CITY OF SKOPJE


Area25,713 km2
Population2, 061, 315
CapitalSkopje
LanguageMacedonian
ReligionOrthodox Christian and Muslim, part of the population is Roman Catholic and Protestants
ClimateMildly continental climate, with relatively cold and humid winters and warm and dry summers.
Political systemmulti-party parliamentary democracy
CurrencyDenar (1EUR – 61.75 den). Money can be easily exchanged in official exchange bureaus and banks. Euros are the easiest to deal with. Traveler’s cheques and bank cards are accepted in most of the shops.

Culture and Entertainment

Skopje, the cultural centre of Macedonia is a beautiful and modern city with population of about 800 000 citizens. The city and its vicinity have plenty of cultural and historical monuments which attract the attention of every visitor. (www.faqmacedonia.org/travel/cities/skopje; www.exploringmacedonia.com; www.visitmacedonia.com.mk)

Young people have also plenty of opportunities for entertainment. There are many discos, pubs and restaurants. More info: www.sk.com.mk

Telephones
The pre-paid packages for mobile phones are available at the authorized shops of the three companies providing GSMM services: T-Mobile, Cosmofon and VIP, but also at the supermarkets and tobacconists.

Emergency numbers
IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Police 192 Skopje bus station 2466-011
Fire station 193 Weather forecast 3231-454
Ambulance service 194 Main railway station 3164-255
Exact time 185 Skopje airport 3148-333

Bank Account
Every foreign citizen is entitled to open a non-resident bank account in a bank in Macedonia. This can be only done personally, with a valid passport.

Visa and Residence Permit
Before coming to Macedonia as a student, please check if you are required to obtain a visa to enter Macedonia. If you require a visa you need:

  • A letter of confirmation of acceptance at the University
  • 2 photos
  • A valid passport

The documents have to be taken to the nearest consulate or Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia. (list of consulates and embassies available at: www.mfa.gov.mk).

Upon arrival in Skopje students are required to apply for a residence permit, issued by the local administration of the Ministry of Interior.

Health Insurance
All foreign students are advised to purchase general insurance prior to the departure to Macedonia. Also, it is a general recommendation for all, to contact the International Relations Office at their home universities for more information.


ARRIVAL IN SKOPJE

Airports:
Skopje has one international airport located about 22 kilometres East from the city centre, which connects the city with many European cities. There is no bus transport from the airport to the city, but taxis run frequently from the airport to the city. The price for the taxi transportation to or from the airport is about 15 euros.

Railways:
Skopje Central Railway Station is approximately 2 kilometres East of the city     centre. It connects Skopje with other major cities in Macedonia, and also cities  across the Balkans.

Taxis and Buses:
Skopje Central Bus Station, located next to the Central Railway Station, is 2 kilometres East of the city centre. There are operating bus lines between major European cities and Skopje. There are also bus lines through the whole city, connecting different areas; the average price for a ticket is 30 denars or about 0,5 euro. Taxis run though the whole city also.

Contact Information

Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje
International Relations Office
Blvd. Krste Misirkov bb,
1000 Skopje
Macedonia

Tel. + 389 2 3293 293


Office Hours of IRO:

Mon – Friday: 8 am to 4 pm



DOCUMENTS:

1 University Datasheet
2
Faculty Erasmus Coordinators
3
List of signed Erasmus Bilateral Agreements