Education in Kosovo
In the context of Kosovo laws for education, the primary education ranging from grades 1-5 along with the lower secondary education is obligatory for all citizens and it begins when the child turns 6 years old. The mandatory is nevertheless free of charge.
The second phase of the obligatory education is the so called lower secondary education which consists of teenagers usually around 12-15 years of age, therefore, grades 6-9. This education, according to the law, is also free of charge and publicly funded. The lower secondary education is held in the five official languages of Kosovo: Albanian, Serbian, Turkish, Croatian, and Bosnian.
The higher secondary education is categorized in professional and general education and predominantly lasts around 3-4 years conditional on the educational curriculum that is planned by Kosovo’s Ministry of Education. This level of education is not mandatory but nevertheless highly encouraged. Thus, all students who complete the higher secondary education basically do so on voluntary basis. On the ground of professional secondary education, the main aim is to prepare the youth for professional labor markets with the offering of possibilities to pursue university or post-secondary studies. The higher secondary education is categorized in eight types of schools consisting of classes with various teaching profiles.
Higher Education is available of attaining in various Universities and different educational institutions offering high professional education. Higher education is also available in public or private institutions where the students are offered Associate’s Degrees’, Bachelor Degrees’, Master Degrees’, and PhD’s. Various schedules are additionally available where students can choose to pursue their studies full-time or part-time.
Various alternations were brought by the network of high education institutions where a range of legal standards were adjusted for such institutions to develop. The standards and norms of higher education in Kosovo are supported by European standards as the platform on the development of the higher education system was based on the process of Bologna’s objectives.
The Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology has created the Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA) according to Kosovo’s law on high education for the aim of assessing the appropriate quality in the higher education private and public institutions.
American University in Kosovo/Rochester Institute of TechnologyAUK
University of PrishtinaUP