Information on Entrance Exams for Sarajevo Medical School at the University Sarajevo School of Science and Technology
From the 2014/2015 academic year, the University Sarajevo School of Science and Technology introduced a new twelve-semester (six-year) Medical Doctor Study Programme in English. Graduates will receive a Doctor of Medicine degree (MD). The first generation that started last fall will soon finish its first year of study.
As the first private medical school of its kind in the region, SSST will utilise the existing facilities within the University’s main campus building. Its medical laboratories for the pre-clinical portion of the programme are located in the subterranean level of the main campus building and cover about 1800 square meters of space. The laboratories have cutting-edge medical equipment and software which can be found at modern medical faculties in Europe and America.
Students will have to complete their non-clinical training in order to continue on their studies and complete the clinical portion of their training at the Clinical Centre of Sarajevo (KCUS), the main clinical centre with which SSST has signed an agreement and entered into partnership. SSST has also signed agreements with other clinics, hospitals, health centres and emergency services in the country.
At the SSST Medical School, students will be trained not only in the science of preventing, diagnosing and treating disease, but also in the art of effective communication with patients. From the earliest days of their medical school career, students at our school will begin face-to-face work with patients in medical settings. Our aim is to prepare physicians to excel in the ever-changing world of modern medicine.
The faculty consists mainly of Bosnians and Herzegovinians who have been educated abroad and most of them have gained significant experience at renowned clinics abroad and in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Some professors are from the University of Buckingham and from the Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences in the United States. The study programme is taught entirely in English.
The SSST Entrance Exam for medical students consists of four parts: English language (120 min), Biology (90 min), Chemistry (90 min), Physics (90 min) and Candidate Interview (30 min).
All exams are conducted at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, Hrasnička cesta 3a, Sarajevo. Examination results and final decisions regarding accepted candidates will be sent by post within 5 days following any given examination date.
Applications for entrance exams may be obtained from the SSST Student Service or downloaded from the website. The application form is specifically intended for the medicine study programme (Annex 1).
Entrance Exams Terms
Entrance examinations for the academic year 2017/2018 will be held on the following dates in 2017:
- April – 1, 15 and 22
- May – 6 and 20
- June – 3 and 17
- July – 1 and 15
- August – 15
- September – 4* and 16
*Entrance exams will not be held on 2 September due to the religious holiday Eid-ul-Adha (Kurban Bajram). The date offered instead is Monday, 4 September.
Entrance exams start at 9:00 a.m. and are conducted in English (see examples of Entrance Exams in Annex 3).
In each of the above terms, a candidate may take any two or if ready three (Chemistry, Biology and Physics) of the four obligatory exams. If the candidate does not achieve the minimum 55% required for passing in any of the exams, the candidate may retake such an exam during any other exam term. The English exam is the only exam that has two parts, written and oral part. Once the candidate has finished all of the exams he/she will have a final interview with the Dean of Medical School and the Rector of the University.
Preparatory Classes for Entrance Exams at Sarajevo Medical School
Sarajevo Medical School organizes preparatory classes for entrance exams before the beginning of the next terms of entrance exams what is usually happening in March and April of the next academic year.
Preparatory classes include classes of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and are taught in English. The entrance exams, as well as the preparatory classes, cover the standard curricula in these subjects at secondary school level. All of the materials used for preparatory classes may be obtained by interested candidates from our students services department.
Areas within these subjects that the candidate should master in order to pass the entrance exams are listed in Annex 2.
Annex 3 contains examples of past entrance exams in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, as well as in English.