Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a population of around 400 000. Nestled within the greater Sarajevo valley of Bosnia, it is surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and situated along the Miljacka River in the heart of Southeastern Europe and the Balkans.
Sarajevo is the leading political, social and cultural center of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a prominent center of culture in the Balkans, with its region-wide influence in entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts.
Due to its long and rich history of religious and cultural variety, Sarajevo is sometimes called the "Jerusalem of Europe". This long-standing tradition of multi-ethnicity enables it to thrive in its diversity. Indeed, few places on earth feature an Orthodox and a Catholic church, a mosque and a synagogue within easy walking distance of each other.
Although settlement in the area stretches back to prehistoric times, the modern city arose as an Ottoman stronghold in the 15th century. Sarajevo has attracted international attention several times throughout its history. In 1885, Sarajevo was the first city in Europe and the second city in the world to have a full-time electric tram network running through the city, following San Francisco. In 1914, it was the site of the assassination of the Archduke of Austria that sparked World War I. Years later, it hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics. For nearly four years, from 1992 to 1996, the city suffered the longest siege of a city in the history of modern warfare (1,425 days long) during the Bosnian War.
Sarajevo is the fastest growing city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The travel guide series, Lonely Planet, has named Sarajevo as the best city in the world and in December 2009 listed Sarajevo as one of the top ten cities to visit in 2010. In 2011, Sarajevo was nominated to be the European Capital of Culture in 2014 and will be hosting the European Youth Olympic Festival in 2019.
Sarajevo is also a metropolis due to being the most important and influential city in the whole country. Official language is Bosnian, but visitors can use English and German for communication.
- Time Zone – European Time Zone (GMT +1)
- Power Supply – The electric supply is 220V with 50Hz frequency
- Water – It is safe to drink tap water in Sarajevo
- Money - The Bosnian currency is the Convertible Mark (BAM or KM). Foreign currencies should be exchanged to the official local currency Convertible Mark.
- Internet – Internet connections and Wi-Fi are available in most hotels and cafés throughout the city.
The University of Sarajevo is the largest and oldest university in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is the oldest institution of tertiary education in the ex-Yugoslav states. It was originally established in 1531 as an Ottoman Islamic law college. The university reopened its door as a modern, secular incarnation in 1949. Today, with 20 faculties, three academies and three faculties of theology and with 30,866 enrolled students as of school year 2014/15, it ranks among the largest universities in the Balkans in terms of enrollment. It is now widely regarded as the most prestigious university in Bosnia and Herzegovina and employs more than one thousand faculty members.
Exchange students will have their clerkships at the Clinical center University of Sarajevo. Clinical Center is the leading professional, educational, teaching and scientific-research medical institution in Bosnia and Herzegovina. (More information on www.kcus.ba)
Rules for exchange students:
Exchange students have the same conditions, and are expected to do the same work as Bosnian students.
Before engaging in the practice, all students must be tested for MRSA in both a nose-swab and a throat-swab. You will not be able to enter a hospital without a sanitation card that states that the student is MRSA negative.
- Bring your white coat, white trousers and white hospital shoes, no matter the department you’re staying at. For the ones at surgical departments, scrubs may be given to you or you may be told to buy them yourself.
- The required language in our hospitals is English or Bosnian, but the spoken language in our hospitals is Bosnian. All professors speak fluent English, it is expected the same from the incoming student.
- One meal per day will be provided for you in your department.
- You will be working under supervision of a mentor assigned to you. Discuss with your mentor about your working schedule and follow and respect the agreements
|Project (Subject)||Number of students||Tutor||Month|
|Adiponectin receptor 1 polymorphism and female reproductive characteristics (Physiology)||2||
Doc Dr Amina Valjevac
|The use of metformin in cancer prevention and treatment (Physiology)||1||
Ass. Prof. Asija Zaciragic
|In vivo study of Nigella sativa (black seed) protective effects on hepatotoxicity induced by chronic intake of paracetamol (Pharmacology)||2||
Prof. Jasna Kusturica,
|Anthroposcopic and anthropometric gender skull assessment (Anatomy)||2||
Ass. Prof. Aida Sarac-Hadzihalilovic
Students on professional exchange (SCOPE) will have one meal per day provided at the hospital.
Students on research exchange (SCORE) will be given pocket money, or lunch certificates.
The students will be staying at student flat/house or dormitory.
In most cases, students are provided with cooking equipment, washing machine, bed sheets and WiFi, but it is not always the case. Ask incoming LEO on time.
Students are the sole residents during the exchange.
It is forbidden to invite family or friends to stay at the place.
Getting to Sarajevo
Butmir Airport (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Web page: www.sarajevo-airport.ba
Most international buses arrive at the main Sarajevo bus station which is located next to the railway station close to the center of Sarajevo. A few buses from Belgrade, the Republika Srpska entity and Montenegro use the Lukavica bus station in Istocno (Eastern) Sarajevo.
Frequent coach services run from Sarajevo to:
- Croatia: Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Pula and Dubrovnik
- Serbia: between Belgrade and (eastern) Sarajevo there are 5 daily services, there is also a daily service to Sarajevo main station
- Slovenia: Ljubljana
- Montenegro: Kotor (the trip is 7 hours and has spectacular views)
Sarajevo is well connected with different means of public transportation. Tram and trolleybus tickets are available at kiosks (single fare 1.60 KM) or in a tram/trolleybus (single fare 1.80 KM).
- Bascarsija – The Old Town of Sarajevo, built during the Ottoman Empire. Still represents the center of everyday cultural happening.
- National Library (Vijecnica) - Storybook neo-Moorish facades make the Vijecnica Sarajevo's most beautiful Austro-Hungarian–era building. Exactly 100 years after construction began, centuries of history went up in flames when Serbian forces deliberetly targeted the National Library on the night of 25th August 1992. Seriously damaged during the 1990s siege, it has been laboriously restored and reopened in 2014.
- Gazi Husrevbey's Mosque - The most significant Islamic object in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is perhaps the finest example of Ottoman Islamic architecture on Balkan. Built in 1531, this mosque with its beautiful courtyard fountain, a 45m minaret and a splendidly proportioned interior forms the greatest centerpiece of Bascarsija
- Jewish Museum - More religiously open-minded than most of Western Europe in its day, the 15th-century Ottoman Empire offered refuge to the Sephardic Jews who had been evicted en masse from Spain in 1492. While conditions varied, Bosnian Jews mostly prospered – until WWII, that is, when most of the 14,000-strong community fled or were murdered by Nazis. The community's story is well told in this 1581 Sephardic synagogue that still sees active worship during Jewish New Year.
- Svrzo's House – An authentic Ottoman house from 18th century. The balconies are made of carved wood and the large sitting rooms are typical of Ottoman homes created to receive a large extended family. This house-museum is brilliantly restored and appropriately furnished, helping visitors imagine Sarajevo life of the wealthier beys.
- The Catholic cathedral - Completed in 1889 when the Austrians had gained full control of the city. This neo-Gothic style cathedral with some elements of Romanesque is dedicated to the Most Holy Heart of Jesus. It has a contrastingly colorful interior and three fine stained-glass windows above the finely carved altarpiece. A 2014 statue of Pope John Paul II outside commemorates the mass he served here during a 1997 visit.
- Museum of Sarajevo - Despite an earlier unsuccessful assassination attempt that day, Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie rode west along the riverside in an open car to the Latin Bridge. It was here that Gavrilo Princip stepped forward to fire his pistol, killing them both and sparking off war between Austria-Hungary and Serbia. Thanks to a series of European alliances, this escalated into WWI.
- National Museum - The museum was established in 1888. It is the oldest contemporary western cultural and scientific institution in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The museum building was erected in 1912. It has four pavilions hovering over a beautiful botanical garden. The open areas in the front, central and back part have a few valuable medieval tombstones – stecak. One of the most valuable museum artifacts is the illustrated Jewish manuscript Haggadah which was brought to Sarajevo with the arrival of Sephardic Jews in the 16th century.
- Tunnel Museum - The war tunnel was constructed during the 1425-day long siege of Sarajevo (1992 to 1995 siege), to connect two free territories. The tunnel is 720 meters long, 1.50 meters high. In 1994, narrow rails and mine carts were added to facilitate transportation of food and medicine. Today, this unique museum structure is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.
- Alley in Ilidza - An attractive promenade from the spa – tourist complex Ilidza to Vrelo Bosne, planted with trees of plane-trees and chestnuts in length of 3.5 kilometers, represents the most beautiful alley in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The alley consists of 726 trees of maple-leaved plane-trees, planted in 2 rows in 1892, and dozens of wild chestnut trees planted in 1888. This green "tunnel" has always represented a genuine tourist attraction and a peculiar monument of Nature.
- Students need to bring printed copies of SCOPE Handbook or SCORE AQ Logbook. It is necessary to be completely filled and signed by the tutor in order to get a certificate.
- Students in all departments must bring white pants, white coat, and white hospital shoes.
- Students will need to have a swab of MRSA done when they arrive. The swab is done on the 1st day they arrive, and if negative, they receive a sanitation card that states that the student has had an ear, nose, and throat swab done and is free of pathological microorganisms
- Students need to bring a hard copy of health insurance.