Universities are independent higher education institutions that may offer all types and levels of study courses. Universities consist of individual faculties, and in order to obtain accreditation universities have to offer all levels of study courses at least in three areas of studies.

In total, there are around 250,000 students enrolled in higher education. Among them 177,352 study at public and 28,203 at private universities while there are 41,467 students at public colleges and 4,140 at private colleges.

(Source: Statistical Yearbook of the Republic of Serbia 2017)