International Students FAQs


General Information

1. What language is spoken in Belgrade?

The first language is Serbian, though children learn English as a second language from the first grade at primary school.

2. Do the majority of people speak English?

Most Serbs speak English, especially the generation of people aged 15 – 45 years old.

3. Is it possible to survive in Belgrade if I do not speak Serbian?

It is possible to maintain a good lifestyle, even if student does not speak Serbian. Belgrade is a crossroad of many foreign business events. LSC campus has located in a hart of business district where world recognized companies run their businesses. In the same building where LSC campus is, there are Microsoft, LG and Ernst & Young among other – companies that have large number of foreign employees.

4. Is there any racial discrimination?

Belgrade, Serbia is a safe place to live. It has not been recorded any case of discrimination of non white LSC students since LSC opening in Belgrade in 2011.

5. How safe is the city?

There have been no problems reported by any LSC students regarding their political or ethnical affiliation. Belgrade is a safe city to live, work and develop personal education.

6. Apart from Europeans which other nationalities are present in Belgrade?

Belgrade is a multi-national city. Each part of Belgrade offers something different. Beside Asians and Afro Americans, there are a large number of Arabs.

Teaching

7. Will the Serbian faculties teach the students or will the British faculties teach the students?

Many experienced Serbian staff teach in the UK and USA. The LSC Belgrade ? awarded by Cardiff Metropolitan University will provide all necessary lectures, assignments and literature among other. The programme will take place at LSC Belgrade facilities.

8. How many hours per day and week will the students have classes?

The London School of Commerce offers a 12 month programme plus a 3 month top up (Faculty of Management’s programme). Students will attend classes three times per week, up to 4 hours per day. Upon successful completion of the course, students will obtain two masters degrees.

9. Do the foreign students have any difficulties in acclimatizing with the Serbian teaching style?

"Serbian teaching style" is not applied in LSC Belgrade, as the programme, and its style of teaching, is identical to that of the course taught in the UK. Moreover, Faculty of Management’s programme is assignment based, in the same way as LSC’s MBA for Executives programme.

10. Do you have sports and games facilities in the college?

LSC students have a chance to join the Serbian cricket club, especially due to fact that the LSC London cricket team played a match against a Serbian club in the past. Moreover, there are many soccer, tennis and basketball clubs available. There is also a gym located in the LSC Campus building.

Living and Accommodation

11. What types of accommodations are available?

Belgrade has a wide range of apartments offering the comfort, privacy and flexibility of a self-catering property that suits a variety of needs. From affordable to luxury, traditional to modern, you will find a place in Belgrade that suits every budget and taste.

12. Who will arrange the student accommodation?

Students need to arrange their accommodation on their own, yet LSC Belgrade Team is more than ready to offer advice and assist in a search.

13. How much would the food and accommodation cost?

Food on monthly basis should not be more than 200 Euros per person if buying in supermarkets and preparing it. Studio flats can be rented for about 150 to 200 Euros per month. Students may also share a three-bedroom flat for around 350 Euros in total per month.

14. What will be the cost for travel to the college and the phone & internet bill?

A student travel card costs around 10 Euros per month. Phone bills will depend on contract price plans. In the case of pay as you go, expenses are in a range of 5-15 Euros per month (this is the case with Internet data included).

15. Is there any discounted transportation fare for international students who study in Belgrade?

Student fare is discounted for about 30%. NOTE: The prices above are with student’s discount included.

16. Are there any restrictions on receiving money from other countries during the student stay?

There are no restrictions on receiving money from other countries. Pay Pal, Western Union, bank transfer, transfers by post are just some of available options.

17. Are there any Indian, Chinese, African, Middle east shops and restaurants ?

There are many restaurants and shops available of this kind in Belgrade.

Jobs during Studies and stay back options

18. Can the students do part time jobs during studies?

Students have no restrictions in finding employment. Restrictions, such as those in the UK, where students cannot work more than 20 hours per week, do not exist in Serbian law. Therefore, as long as work is legal, students will not face any obstacles.

19. If students are allowed to work part time, how many hours per week can they work and how much is paid per hour?

Serbian law does not recognize these kind of restrictions.

20. What type of part time jobs are suitable?

This is down to the student’s individual preference. As long as the job is legal, there won’t be any restrictions.

21. Will the college help students to obtain part time jobs?

The LSC Belgrade Team is more than happy to provide any information and advice.

22. Is there any "stay back" options in Serbia?

As an LSC graduate, students have the chance to stay in Serbia in a case that has full time employment? – what does this mean?. This is easy to obtain, as students in Serbia have the opportunity to work full time during the programme.

23. Can students apply for permanent resident status in Serbia?

Students can apply for indefinite live to remain status if they are employed and they are able to support themselves without intention to claim social support.

Visa

24. Is there a separate visa for students? Or are they covered under the temporary residence visa?

There is no “Student visa” as such, yet in application process individual needs to highlight intention to study in Serbia. In this case, student will get LSC/F@M offer letter which will confirm that intention is to study in Serbia.

25. Could the student apply for the visa at the Serbian consulate at their home country?

Yes, in most of the cases. Otherwise, LSC Team will provide information of the nearest Serbian consulate.

26. What are the documents required to apply for the visa?

• Valid passport (passport must be valid at least 90 days from issue date of visa)
• Completed and signed Visa Application Form
• Photo (Size 3,5 x 4,5 cm)
• Proof of reasons for stay in Serbia. Please check the information on required documents depending on the reason of your temporary stay in Serbia.
• Proof of residence (if you are not residing in your native country)
• Proof of sufficient funds for staying in Serbia
• Consular fee 29£. Please note: Citizens of Armenia, China, Mali, Pakistan, Ukraine and Syria will be charged only 5£ upon their visa application. Citizens of the United Arab Emirates, based on reciprocity, will be charged 122£. Request for temporary stay can also be submitted in Serbia.

27. Who will assist students in getting their visa?

LSC Belgrade Team will assist students in obtaining the visa.

28. How much funds should students show as living expenses when they apply for the visa? It is mentioned that per day € 50 is required. Does it apply for the students too?

Students need to have around 5000 Euros in their personal bank account before applying for Serbian visa.

29. Is there any restriction on the sponsor of the student who will show the financial guarantee for the student? Eg: for UK only the parents and Bank education loan. For Australia any one can sponsor the student apart from the bank loan

There is no restriction on sponsors.

30. How long will it take for the visa to be processed?

Visa process takes around one month. This is subject to change and depends on Serbian consulate’s administration.

31. What is the success rate for the visa so far?

To date, there have been no visa refusals for any LSC Belgrade students.

32. It is mentioned in your website that the consular fee is £29. Is it £29 or € 29?

29 Pounds (GBP).

33. How long does the application process take?

The application process takes up to 7-14 days. The LSC Academic Board is very time-effective; therefore the process in most of the cases can be completed in less than a week.

34. Will there be any personal or telephonic interview required for the visa?

An interview will be required only where a student’s visa application needs to be supported with additional information.

35. Will there be any restrictions for any particular religion to apply for the visa?

There are no restrictions for any religion when applying for the visa.

36. Is there any age restriction in applying for a student visa?

There is no age restrictions to apply for visa.

Dependents

37. Can the dependent (Spouse/Parent) accompany the student during the study period?

As long as the Spouse/Parent has a visa for Serbia, there are no issues that student is accompanied during the stay.

38. What will be the status of the dependent? Can they work or study any short courses during their stay?

The dependent needs to go through the same procedure as the students regarding the visa requirements and proof of stay.

Medicals

39. Do I need to get any vaccinations before I come to Serbia?

This is a personal preference; therefore if you think that is necessary, do so. I can assure you that in Serbia there are no diseases similar to malaria etc and that vaccinations are not required.

40. It is mentioned that Medical insurance worth of €20000 has to be taken. Is it before the visa or after the visa? Is there any specific insurance company?

There is no specific insurance company required.

Arrival

41. Will the student get any airport pick up?

Each student will receive necessary information regarding how to locate the campus. Airport pickups will be organized on behalf of the College.

42. Is there any registration to be done with the local authority?

On arrival at LSC Belgrade campus, the student will receive a confirmation letter. The student needs to take this confirmation letter to the police station in order to gain the residential stay.

43. Will the college help me in the registration with any local authority if needed?

The LSC Belgrade will provide all information needed.

44. How much money should the student carry for the immediate initial expenses?

Around 500 Euros (includes: deposit rent, food and travel expenses).

45. Should the student open a bank account and how long will it take? What are the documents required to open a bank account? Will the college help in opening a bank account?

This is not compulsory, yet it is recommended in order to avoid transaction fees. To get a bank card it will take around 7-10 working days. The LSC Belgrade will assist if necessary.

Holidays

46. When does the College close for holidays?

There are New Year’s, Christmas (December) and Easter (April/May) holidays.

47. Can my family and friends visit me during the programme?

There are no legal restrictions for family visits. Family and friends are allowed to visit the student during the programme.

48. Can I go back to my country for holidays?

Students will be allowed to travel during the holidays only.




Useful Links


Belgrade airport Nikola Tesla
www.beg.aero

Public Transport Company Belgrade
www.gsp.rs

Tourist Organization of Belgrade
www.tob.co.rs

Belgrade Foreign Visitors Club
www.belgradefvc.com

Belgrade Stock Exchange
www.belex.rs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
www.mfa.gov.rs