Tertiary education is accessible to students who have successfully passed the school-leaving exam. Tertiary education is provided by universities and vocational colleges.
The normal duration of studies at a vocational college is three years, and most of the schools charge tuition. Students who successfully complete their studies at a vocational college receive a graduation certificate and diploma, based on which they can use the title “Certified Specialist”, abbreviated DiS.
Studies at universities are divided into three levels:
Bachelor’s study programmes- 3 to 4 years
Master’s study programmes - 1 to 3 years or 4 to 6 years with programmes that are not a continuation of a bachelor’s study programme
PhD study programmes- 3 to 4 years
Applicants can apply to more than one university and study programme. Each school sets its own terms and conditions for admission. Tuition fees are not paid at state universities, but schools may charge fees for studying in a foreign language, including English, or for exceeding the standard study period.