Serbia has probably been conquered, destroyed and rebuilt more times than any other country in Europe. See more countries on Countryaah.com.
Serbia was the border between the Byzantine Empire and the Roman Empire, the Ottoman Empire and the Christian West, the Warsaw Pact and NATO. All this is reflected in Serbia’s diverse cultural heritage, which includes everything from the ruins of Roman cities, medieval monasteries and beautiful mosques to Austro-Hungarian fortresses and baroque churches. From the flat plains of the north to the lush hills and forest valleys that roam the rugged mountains of the south, Serbia’s landscape offers a beautiful and de-stressing contrast to the bustling modern cities of Belgrade, Novi Sad and Nis.
Serbia’s biggest treasure is definitely its people. They are outgoing and talkative, friendly and hospitable, relaxed and calm. The most commonly used term in Serbia, and what foreigners learn first is nema problema – no problem!
- CAPITAL CITY: Belgrade (see other major cities in Serbia by population on Allcitypopulation.com)
- LANGUAGE: Serbian
- CURRENCY: Serbian dinar (RSD)
- AREA: 88,361 km2
- POPULATION: 7,041,599 (2016 estimate)
People and community
Our students live all over Serbia in everything from small towns in the flat north to the more mountainous southern region or in the capital Belgrade. Serbian families enjoy gathering for Sunday lunch and discussing the week’s events. They also enjoy relaxing in front of the television after a busy work day.
You will probably have to go to a university preparatory school in Serbia. The school year runs from September to June, and the week runs from Monday to Friday. The days can take place in two ways: from 08:00 to 14:00 and from 14:00 to 20:00. Your school can alternate between both options. All schools offer general subjects such as mathematics, Serbian language, English and another foreign language (preferably German or French), biology, geography, history, physics and chemistry. Some place more emphasis on science, while others focus on social studies. Subjects take place as lectures with the possibility of individual projects or group projects.
The official language is Serbian. It is the only European language that actively uses two alphabets: Cyrillic and Latin. Having a basic knowledge of English will probably be beneficial for you. We will provide materials, links and language instruction for the first three months of your stay. However, you can also expect intensive language courses at your orientation camps.
Serbian food is a blend of Turkish, Greek, and Hungarian ingredients and flavors. Meat (chicken, lamb or pork), vegetables, potatoes and rice form a large part of the daily menu in Serbia. Bread is usually eaten with other dishes, such as sarma , which is stuffed cabbage rolls, ćevapi and pljeskavica, which are traditional dishes with minced meat. Do not deceive yourself for all the delicious cakes, local cheeses and desserts.