7 GOLDEN RULES
Rule 1/ ACCREDITATION
Before you make the final decision it is very important that you are entirely sure that the University i.e. the Faculty you decided to enroll is accredited. The Commission for Accreditation and Quality Assurance founded by the National Higher Education Council (www.kapk.org) published a document “A guide through accredited programmes of study at higher education institutions in the Republic of Serbia”, where you can see which universities i.e. which faculties have received accreditation.
Accreditation is a process which establishes whether a higher education institution meets the standards for conducting study-related activities, i.e. it makes sure that programmes of study are in accordance with the standards. Aside from the process of accreditation, the Ministry of education and science checks the working conditions of the faculty and issues a license. It is of prime importance that the faculty you wish to enroll possesses the Accreditation assurance and license.
RULE 2/ FACULTY WEBSITE
Each faculty has its own website where you are able to find a lot of useful information that may be of help when choosing a faculty. Look into the structure of the study programmes, i.e. the courses studied at the individual study programmes and make sure they meet the requirements of your future career.
Look into the structure of the teaching staff and associates that lecture at the higher education institution. Carefully read over the news posted on the website and make sure they are up-to-date and diverse. Check whether the website has rulebooks and study instructions, as well as other recommendations that can assure you that the faculty treats its students responsibly and professionally.
RULE 3/ VISIT THE FACULTY
You should never make the final choice before visiting the faculty you want to enroll. No matter how well you think you know the faculty you decided to study, you can find a lot by spending several hours at the premises of the faculty, the choice of which your entire life may depend upon.
You are advised to bring along a family member, because you may later exchange experiences with him or her.
Singidunum University has an “Open door” policy, aimed at receiving new students, which is why you are advised to schedule your appointment in advance. During the visit you will have the opportunity to distinguish between different faculties and only then will you be able to know what the best choice for you is.
RULE 4/ QUALITY
Sometimes we make a choice of faculty solely on the basis of prejudice, without having checked them against reality. For example if the short-list of the faculties includes those that either your parents or somebody you know attended, you are advised to check how much things have changed since that time, and see whether, once great faculties, have kept abreast of the times and if they apply modern working methods.
If the answer is NO, then it is up to you to choose the faculty that can prepare you for the future, provides practice, in addition to theoretical offers hands-on knowledge, and also motivates you to learn at least two foreign languages, helps you to build up your career and eventually find employment.
In addition, inquire about the information system and how administration is organized, whether regular office hours are held and if they organize additional classes. The quality of Singidunum University as the winner of the Brand Leader award 2012 was recognized and assessed by students, partners, business and academic community, and confirmed by the results of independent research. Choose QUALITY!
RULE 5/ TUITION
It is important to check what is included in the price of tuition at some faculties, so that they can plan in advance. At Singidunum University the cost of tuition includes textbooks while trust is also built in such way that the price of tuition remains unchanged from the beginning until the end of studies.
RULE 6/ RESEARCH
Conduct research, ask questions, check and make sure that the reality is in accordance with what you think. You will hear many people say that at that faculty “nobody studies”, “it’s too hard”, “it’s too expensive” etc. without them actually being familiar with the facts. Don’t accept such generalizations without any proof.
It’s very important to inquire about the experiences of students who currently attend this faculty. Look for “a student advisor” at Singidunum University and he will help you find answers to all the questions related to your student life.
RULE 7/ MAKE A DECISION
After you have explored all options of good-quality education it is time to make a decision. It is important to enroll the faculty which is aware that its teaching staff are partly responsible for your future. The university’s aim should be your acquisition of knowledge and hands-on skills that will enable you to make and achieve great plans.