Dear exchange students,
It makes us really proud that you're browsing this site in order to find more information about Serbia, our little country in the middle of the Balkans. That means that you might want to have your student exchange exactly here. Well, that's where the story begins…
Behind this program is a whole team of people, starting from your contact persons who will wait for you at the airport/train or bus station to local exchange officers (LEOs) and their assistants who organize your activities and contacts with professors on the city level. Those are people with enthusiasm and a will to make our world a better place. They will all make you get to know our culture better and make you feel at home.
We hope that you will learn and improve your clinical skills and recommend us to your friends and colleagues. It is YOU who make us move the boundaries! We're eagerly waiting for you!
IFMSA–Serbia  is a full member of the International Federation of Medical Students'Associations (IFMSA). It was founded in 1953 and has been a member of IFMSA ever since.In 2013 we celebrated 60th anniversary of IFMSA-Serbia.
There are 6 committees: SCOPE, SCORE, SCORA, SCORP, SCOPH and SCOME, and additional ones dedicated to Trainings, New Technologies and Projects and over 1000 members of which 150 are active on a daily basis.
IFMSA-Serbia was a host of IFMSA General Assembly twice in 4 years. The first one was in March 2002 on the mountain Kopaonik. The second one was in August 2006 on the mountain Zlatibor, with around 800 participants each. In April 2013 we hosted SRT (SubRegional Training) in the capital-Belgrade.
Exchange program of IFMSA has always been well known in Serbia and many of our eminent professors and members of the Academy of Arts and Science took part in the exchange program during their studies. Every year we host around 150 foreign students in our 4 med school-cities, entitled 'local committees' - Belgrade, Novi Sad, Nis and Kragujevac.
Exchange conditions can be found at ifmsa.org 
Public: every municipality has a 'Health center' (Dom zdravlja, in Serbian) which has GPs, dentists, pediatricians and gynecologists (who run among other things a family planning center and STD info) and corresponding nurses. It's open from 7am to 7pm, with staff working in two shifts. If there is a need for a specialist check-up, the patient is sent to Clinical Center to continue the treatment. Clinical Center is a complex of institutes of all medical disciplines, starting from Physiology and Anatomy to Surgery and Forensic Medicine. Every Clinical Center has also its ER. The capital, Belgrade, has 5 Clinical Centers, whereas other cities have only one.
Private: Recently the system of private health care system has started to develop and today it covers almost all disciplines, starting from small laboratories to polyclinics. It is up to the patient to decide which doctor to consult – private or public one. Of course, private clinics have their charm because there are no queues and not really that true 'hospital feeling', but it is pricey…
For more information on the health care in Serbia please visit the website of the Ministry of Health .
Every city where we have international exchange has a Clinical Center which is a complex of hospitals and institutes and is an educational base for medical students in corresponding medical schools.
Since 2004. we implemented a new curriculum according to the Bologna process of reforms.
1st year - Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, Human genetics, Basic of Clinical Practice, First Aid, Medicine and Society, English language I level.
2nd year - Medical Biochemistry and Chemistry, Medical Physiology, Microbiology and Immunology, Basic of Clinical Practice, Epidemiology, English language II level.
3rd year - Pathology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Clinical Propedeutics, Statistics and Informatics.
4th year - Internal Medicine, Clinical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, Dermatovenerology, Neurology, Psychiatry.
5th year - Surgery, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Paediatrics, Social Medicine.
6th year - Ophtalmology, Otorhynolaringology and maxillofacial surgery, Hygyene and Occupational Medicine, Forensic Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology.
+ 6-month internship in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Paediatrics and General Practice.
The capital Belgrade is a major transportation hub of the country, and it is likely that you will first arrive there. However, neighboring countries like Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania have direct bus links to the cities other than Belgrade.
You can come to Serbia:
1. BY AIR - Air Serbia, the national carrier, together with numerous foreign airlines, operate regular routes from Belgrade to destinations all over the world. Nikola Tesla Airport - Surcin, 18 km from the centre of Belgrade .
Transfers from the airport to the city centre:
-Minibus A1. Price of ticket: 300 din. Journey time: 30 min. Route: Hotel Slavija terminal - Railway Station - Novi Beograd (Fontana shopping centre) - Nikola Tesla Airport. Hours of operation: from 5 am to 2 am (approx. every 30 min.) .
-GSP (City public transport) - bus route 72. Price of ticket: 150 din. Journey time: 40 min. Route: Zeleni venac market - Novi Beograd Municipality - Studentski grad - Vojvodjanska ulica - Nikola Tesla Airport. Hours of operation: 04.45-23.40. Frequency: every 30 min.
-Taxi: The staff of the TOB Tourist Information Centre, located at the exit from the Airport building, will call a taxi on request by travellers.
2. BY RAIL - An extensive rail network connects Belgrade with all corners of Europe with both day and night services. Serbian Railways recognize the following discount schemes: InterRail, EuroDomino, Rail Plus, Balkan Flexipas.
3. BY COACH - Regular coach routes connect Belgrade with all parts of Serbia. International coach routes service neighbouring countries and most European countries.
4. BY BOAT - Belgrade is a city lying on two rivers, the Danube and the Sava. The number of foreign tourists coming to Belgrade by boat is increasing by the day, as is the number of European companies organizing Danube cruises to Belgrade. The Port of Belgrade on the Danube is an important transport, loading and cargo centre in central Europe and is located at the crossroads of two Pan-European transport corridors (7 and 10). The Port of Belgrade boasts a well-equipped passenger dock on the Sava River, with all the necessary facilities.
Official language in Serbia is Serbian. It’s a Slavic language, that has 2 kinds of alphabet – Latin and Cyrillic. In Latin version, the letters are just like in Western Europe (with a few different letters). In Cyrillic alphabet the letters are just like in Russian (with a few different letters). Both alphabets have 30 letters. Every letter has one sound. The rule goes like this - Write as you speak and read as it is written. Modern Serbian alphabet was created at the beginning of 19th century by Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic.
English | Serbian
Hello | Zdravo (Dobar dan, politely)
How are you? | Kako si?
What's your name? | Kako se zoves?
My name is... | Ja se zovem...
Good morning | Dobro jutro
Good night | Dobro vece
Goodbye | Dovidjenja
Thank you | Hvala
Doctor | Doktor/Lekar
Hospital | Bolnica
Therapy | Terapija
Medication | Lek
Pain | Bol
Where is the embassy? | Gde je ambasada?
Passport | Pasos
The main religion is Orthodox Christian which has its center – the Serbian Patriarchy in Belgrade with the Patriarch (the equivalent to the Pope in Catholic religion). Serbian Church  has been having the autonomy since the year 1219, ranking sixth in order of seniority after Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem, and Bulgaria. It is the second oldest Slavic Orthodox Church in the world, as well as the westernmost predominant Eastern church in Europe. The Serbian church follows the Julian calendar, which is 13 days behind the regular world calendar we all use (called Gregorian). That means that we celebrate Christmas on 7th of January. We also celebrate the Serbian New Year on 13th January, so we are among rare countries in the world that have 2 real New Year’s Eves which are celebrated equally.
Slava: It's the Orthodox Christian custom of celebrating a family patron saint. It's a family feast when all the friends and relatives gather and eat together various local food. It's really a particular authentic event, dating back from the pagan times. In the countryside it can last for 3 days. It can be 'fat' slava - when there's pork meat, or 'non-fat' slava (a period starting 6 weeks before and ends on Orthodox Christmas, on 7th January) when the main dish is - fish. On 19th December is the biggest slava of all - Sveti Nikola (St. Nicholas). Saying goes that half of Serbia celebrates this slava, and the other half of Serbia is invited.
Kajmak - The fat from skimmed milk is left in a wooden receptacle to grow old. It's kept in wooden lodge where the meat is being smoked so that kajmak can absorb the aroma. Usually it's put on the bread, but can be eaten separately as an appetizer.
Ajvar – made of baked and minced red peppers, flavor ed with lots of spices, usually eaten in winter months and on slavas. Can be put on bread, mixed in salad or eaten separately.
Slatko – made of whole fruits in a sweet syrup and it literally means 'sweet' in Serbian. It is served upon the arrival of guests, and since it's so sweet only one spoon will load you with glucose for a whole day. It can be made of every fruit, it's even made of rose petals.
Rakija – Serbian plum brandy (sljivovica, in Serbian), though it can be made of pear (kruskovaca), apple (jabukovaca), apricot (kajsijevaca) or grapes (lozovaca). It's served before the meal in a small glass, due to the high percentage of alcohol (up to 50%)
Most Serbian surnames have the surname suffix –ic. In history, Serbian names have often been transcribed with a phonetic ending, -ich or –itch. The -ic suffix is a Serbian-Slavic deminutive, originally functioning to create patronymics. It is estimated that some two thirds of all Serbian surnames end in -ovic but that some 80% of Serbs carry such a surname with many common names being spread out among tens and even hundreds of non-related extended families. Most Slavic surnames are paternal (father), maternal (mother), occupational, or derived from personal traits, so the surname Nikolic mean descendents of Nikola (Nicholas), Petrovic - descendents of Petar (Peter), Tomic – descendents of Toma (Thomas).
Ivo Andric , writer (Nobel Prize laureat in literature in 1961)
Mileva Maric – Eistein , scientist
Nikola Tesla , scientist and inventor
Mihajlo Pupin , scientist and inventor
Novak Djokovic , tennis player
Emir Kusturica , movie director, winner of 2 Golden Palms at the Film Festival in Cannes.
Serbia has a royal family Karadjordjevic. To read more about it, visit the site of the Royal family .
Accommodation & Boarding
The students are likely to be accommodated in the student dormitories. Serbia has a significant student population, and therefore abundant student lodging in all university cities. Occasionally, when there are no rooms in the dormitories we lodge students in the student host families. This usually happens outside summer months, when the dormitories are full of local students. Boarding is provided in the student restaurants-canteens, in Serbian called 'menza'. Every dormitory has its own restaurant. If the student is lodged in the student host family, the boarding is provided in menza's too.
If the incoming student has a specific diet regimen, allergies to certain food or drinks or due to the religion cannot eat certain food, please let us know in advance. There will be no problem in providing the student suitable boarding according to the health or other indications.