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The Town Hall

It represents the most beautiful and the most representative building from Austro-Hungarian period, built in pseudo-Moor$ learn more


The word "Bas-carsija" literarily means "main marketplace" and designates the area of market square around the fountain $ learn more $

The Morica Inn

Due to the needs of the expanding market-place and the traders that were coming from faraway countries, the caravanserai$ learn more

Ali Pasha's Mosque

One of the most beautiful cupolaed mosques, built in 1561 beside the tomb of the founder of Bosnian governor of the sanz$ learn more

Gazi Husref-bey's covered market building

This massive basilica-like stone building extends in length of 109 meters along the street bearing the same name. It was$ learn more

The Goat Bridge

The first among innumerous bridges on the road from Sarajevo to Constantinople, the last between Constantinople and Sara$ learn more

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The University of Sarajevo

The University of Sarajevo is derived from centuries long traditions of higher education in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The institutional beginnings of higher education are identical to the university traditions of Western Europe. In 1531 in Sarajevo, Gazi Husrev-bey established the Hanikah, a higher school of Souphey philosophy to which an institution for the study of Islamic sciences was added in 1537. The three disciplines of classical Catholic universities were taught here: theology, law and philosophy and the university also had a library. By the end of the 19th century, this institution was the largest educational center in Bosnia and Herzegovina and from its beginning it was on the same level as the Medresa of Sultan Bajazit in Istanbul upon which the old Istanbul University was based.

During Austro-Hungarian period, or more precisely in 1887, the Sharia Law School started working as a five-year-long college. The modern history of the Sarajevo University started with the establishment of the first secular institutions of higher education right before the World War II as well as during the war (the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry in 1940 and the Faculty of Medicine in 1944). In 1946 the Faculty of Medicine was reopened and the Faculty of Law and the Teacher Training College were opened, while in 1948, the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry was reopened. 

The Faculty of Engineering was opened in 1949. On the 2nd December of the same year with the appointment of the first rector, the University of Sarajevo was established. With the opening of the Faculty of Philosophy in 1950 and the Faculty of Economics in 1952, the first, initial phase of establishment of the Sarajevo University was completed.

The second phase of development (1955 - 1969) is characterised by the affirmation of the University, the opening of new institutions of higher education and the relative satisfaction of the needs for highly educated personnel in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Another significant fact is the organization and initiation of postgraduate studies at the University.  

The third phase (1970 - 1982) is defined by further opening of more institutions of higher education at the University, a scientific promotion of the University and its intensified involvement and promotion on the international academic plan. The University contributed directly and indirectly to the establishment of new universities in Banja Luka, Mostar and Tuzla.

The fourth phase of development (1982 - 1992) is characterised by the separation of scientific activities from the University and the establishment of favouritised scientific institutions apart from the University. This made a significant damage to the University of Sarajevo, because the main principle of the coherence of university education and scientific research was jeopardized. The consequences of this act were lower quality of education and technological stagnation of the University.

The uncontrolled admission of an enormous number of students resulted in a significantly lower efficiency of studies and a hyper-production of personnel in certain educational areas.

The fifth phase (1992 - 1995) is a phase of barbaric devastation of the facilities and equipment as well as a reduction of university personnel and an enormous decline in the student population. This was a direct result of the war and aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Despite of all the difficulties of life and work during the three-and-a-half-year-long siege of Sarajevo and thanks to the proven enthusiasm, professional attitude, patriotism and perseverance of university professors and associates as well as the students, the University of Sarajevo managed to retain a continuous work and life. This was a specific way of intellectual, academic resistance towards everything that was barbaric and uncivilized, the University's own contribution to the affirmation of freedom and democracy, the defence against aggression and fascism and the affirmation of the statehood of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

At the beginning of 1996, the University of Sarajevo entered the phase of post-war physical and academic renewal and reconstruction. The physical renewal is focused on the reconstruction of devastated and destroyed facilities, realization of the project of new University Campus, the replacement of destroyed educational and scientific equipment and the reconstruction of student dormitories. Significant results have been achieved on this plan and better studying conditions have been created.

The ongoing academic renewal comprises the realization of a new concept of organization and function of the University in accordance with contemporary standards, the modernization of curricula and the education of the necessary teaching personnel.

The process of academic renewal and reconstruction of the University is supported by the activities of the CRE (Conference of Rectors of Europe), the European Council, the European Union as well as many other international organizations and institutions involved in the field of higher education. 

The University of Sarajevo has established partnership relations with over thirty universities in Europe, the USA, Canada and Arab countries.
The main purpose of all current activities is to improve the quality of studies and to create a contemporary university of European provenance which will be a respectable representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina on an international level and a promoter of traditional, historical, cultural, scientific and artistic values of this part of Europe.

The University of Sarajevo is open to all those students, associates and professors who want to use their intellectual and moral qualities in order to contribute to the development of education, science and expert skills and all this is available in a defined environment of the University's autonomy which is the basic condition for academic freedom of individual expression and affirmation of skills and qualities.

Contact information
Obala Kulina Bana 7
71000 Sarajevo, BiH
phone: +387 (0)33 663 392
663 393
668 454
668 454
668 454
fax: +387 (0)33 663 393

Faculties and Academies of the Sarajevo University are the following:

Academy of Fine Arts
Address: Obala Maka Dizdara 3
Phone/fax: +387 33   66 48 83
Web site:

Academy of Dramatic Arts
Address: Obala Kulina bana 11
Phone: +387 33 21 52 77
Fax: +387 33 27 23 61
Web site:

Faculty of Architecture
Address: Patriotske lige 30
Phone: +387 33  66 39 47
Fax: +387 33 21 34 94
Web site:

Faculty of Economics
Address: Trg Osloboðenja 1
Phone: +387 33 27 59 00
Fax: +387 33 27 59 44
Web site:

Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Address: Zmaja od Bosne bb /campus/
Phone: +387 33 25 07 00
Fax: +387 33 25 07 25
Web site:

Faculty of Criminal Sciences
Address: Zmaja od Bosne 8
Phone: +387 33 44 54 52
Fax: +387 33 44 54 53
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Faculty of Political Sciences
Address: Skenderija 72
Phone: +387 33 20 35 62
Fax: +387 33 21 38 15
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Faculty of Sport
Address: Patriotske lige 41
Phone: +387 33 66 87 68
Fax: +387 33 66 87 69
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Faculty of Transportation and Communications
Address: Zmaja od Bosne 8
Phone: +387 33 21 27 64
Fax: +387 33 21 27 66
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Faculty of Pharmacy
Address: Èekaluša 90
Phone: +387 33 66 59 28
Fax: +387 33 66 61 39
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Faculty of Philosophy
Address: Franje Raèkog 1
Phone: +387 33 25 31 00
Fax: +387 33 66 78 73
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Faculty of Civil Engineering
Address: Patriotske lige 30
Phone: +387 33 27 84 00
Fax: +387 33 20 01 58
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Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Address: Vilsonovo šetalište 9
Phone/fax: +387 33 65 30 55
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Faculty of Medicine
Address: Èekaluša 90
Phone/fax: +387 33 20 36 70
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Music Academy
Address: Josipa Štadlera 1/II
Phone: +387 33 20 02 99
Fax: +387 33 44 48 96
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Teacher Training College
Address: Skenderija 72
Phone: +387 33 21 46 07
Fax: +387 33 21 46 06
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Faculty of Agriculture
Address: Zmaja od Bosne 8
Phone: +387 33 65 30 33
Fax: +387 33 66 74 29
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Faculty of Law
Address: Obala Kulina bana 7
Phone: +387 33 20 63 50
Fax: +387 33 20 63 55
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Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Address: Zmaja od Bosne 33
Phone: +387 33 25 05 10
Fax: +387 33 64 93 59
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Faculty of Dental Medicine
Address: Bolnièka 4a
Phone: +387 33 44 32 69
Fax: +387 33 44 33 95
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Faculty of Forestry
Address: Zagrebaèka 20
Phone: +387 33 61 40 03
Fax: +387 33 61 13 49
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Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Address: Zmaja od Bosne 90
Phone/fax: +387 33 61 09 08
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Medical Health Care College
Address: Èekaluša 90
Phone: +387 33 44 49 01
Fax: +387 33 24 68 21


The Reconstruction of the City Hall - publication