Country in the Spotlight: The Republic of North Macedonia
Publication date: 08/11/2019

Study in a country where ancient cultures and modern society are intertwined.

The Art Bridge and Public Constitutional Court building in the city center of Skopje.

Photo: The Art Bridge and Public Constitutional Court building in the city center of Skopje © travellin.net.

The Republic of North Macedonia!

Are you looking for a place where ancient cultures are mixed with modern South-Eastern European society? If so, the Republic of North Macedonia should definitely be on your list!

The country has long been at the crossroads of many great civilisations such as the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. As all of them left their mark throughout the country, it has a rich history to match its natural beauty. Its Turkish cultural influence, as well as its diverse population is reflected in the many historical landmarks.

By contrast, the modernist architecture of the capital Skopje highlights the country’s growth and development. In the Republic of North Macedonia, ancient cultures and modern society are intertwined, making it an interesting destination when you are deciding where to study abroad.

Study in an international atmosphere

If the Republic of North Macedonia is your destination, you will feel at home instantly. Due to the fact that the country is home to many different ethnicities, international students receive a warm welcome and blend in easily.

The country has 25 higher education institutions, both public and private, most of which are located in the capital city of Skopje. The main language of instruction is Macedonian, but most higher education institutions nowadays offer courses taught in English as well. If you feel more adventurous, there are also courses taught in Albanian and Turkish.

Since the universities in the Republic of North Macedonia are specialised in science, they offer an abundance of research opportunities. As a result, if you are interested in pursuing a master’s degree or PhD, this country should definitely be on your list. Finalising a PhD will take you around 3 years, a master’s programme generally lasts 2 years and bachelor’s students should finish their programme within 3 years.

Are you looking for a shorter period to study in the Republic of North Macedonia? Most of the higher education institutions are connected to Erasmus+.

When it comes to tuition fees, studying in the Republic of North Macedonia is relatively affordable. There is a difference between public and private institutions: students at public universities pay somewhere between €200 and €400 per academic year. At private institutions, this figure lies between €500 and €2,000. 

Samuel’s Fortress in the old town of Ohrid and Lake Ohrid.

Photo: Samuel’s Fortress in the old town of Ohrid and Lake Ohrid, © nature-trips.com.

Experience rich cultural heritage

Of course, you want to explore the country where you are studying! Luckily, the Republic of North Macedonia has much to offer.

If you choose to study in the Republic of North Macedonia, chances are that you will experience the country’s rich culture through art, music and poetry. There are many festivals to celebrate holidays, traditions and arts, such as the Skopje Jazz Festival, the Balkan Festival of Folk Songs and the International Poetry Festival.

Are you more into nature? Go and swim in Lake Ohrid. As one of the deepest and oldest lakes in Europe, Lake Ohrid is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is definitely worth your visit when studying in the Republic of North Macedonia.

Matka Canyon in Matka, west of central Skopje.

Photo: Matka Canyon in Matka, west of central Skopje, © ilononthemove.wordpress.com.

Studying in the Republic of North Macedonia will connect you to old cultures, while at the same time helping you develop and prepare for your future.

For more information on studying in the Republic of North Macedonia, visit the Study in the Republic of North Macedonia Facebook page and the Republic of North Macedonia's country profile.

Are you a student in the Republic of North Macedonia? Share your experience by emailing info@studyineurope.eu.