Serbia is a country that offers modern cities, picturesque old villages and the wonderful Dalmatian coast line for its citizens and visitors to enjoy. There is no language requirement to go on exchange to Serbia.
Schooling has a long history in Serbia. The secondary school year in Serbia are split into 2 semesters and each semester into 4 quarters. In summer the students enjoy their 10 week school holidays and in winter there is a 15 day holiday in December –January. There are 2 types of schools for secondary age pupils . These are the gymnasiums and vocational schools. The gymnasium provides a broad curriculum which usually includes subjects such as History, Geography, Chemistry, Languages and Matematicss and prepares students for university . The 2nd type –the vocational schools allow students in their senior years to specialise in employment or work related areas.
A consistent feature of life in Serbia is the pleasure families gain from joining to together with their extended family for special holidays where much feasting and talking with one another takes place. Children are specially valued in Serbia. Parents tend to be protective but allow their children independence in meeting up with friends for coffee, hanging out and attending sporting events. Serbian teenagers arrange such meetings themselves and are used to managing transport arrangements for themselves as Serbian parents are less likely to drive their children to such events as is the case in many other countries . Young people in Serbia often live at home longer than in some Western countries with siblings often sharing bedrooms in family apartments. Young people in Serbia are genuinely interested in meeting others from different parts of the world and hearing about different ways of living. Such interest is well appreciated by exchange students to Serbia.
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