Education System in North Macedonia

Post World War II, the level of education in North Macedonia was under question. There were only few hundred people with University degrees. Today the scenario is different as proper consideration is given to Education and literacy in the country. 

The duration of Elementary Education in North Macedonia is 8 years, after which students are awarded Certificate for Complementary Elementary Education. Furthermore, Secondary Education is offered through different schools, such as, High School, Technical Schools and Vocational Schools.

Higher Education in North Macedonia is offered through Colleges, Pedagogical Academies and Universities. Colleges and Pedagogical Academies offers two-year course. The duration of University courses varies from four to six years.

The North Macedonia also has a well developed Education infrastructure to train adults. Different institutions also organize a large number of courses ranging from Information Science and Computer Operation to the study of Foreign Languages. Special Educational courses have also been planned in the field of Business and Management. Students in North Macedonia takes following route to study starting from Primary level to Higher Education:

Education Route: Primary to Secondary

Primary Education
  • Grade: 1-9
  • Duration: 9 Years
  • Certificate/diploma awarded: Certificate for Completed Elementary Education/Svidetelstvo za zavreno osnovno obrazovanie
Secondary Education
  • Grade: 10-13
  • Duration: 4 Years
  • Gimnazija - Secondary: Certificate/diploma awarded: Secondary School Leaving Certificate/Svidetelstvo za zavreno sredno obrazovanie; International Baccalaureate Josip Broz Tito Gymnasium, Skopje), 2 yrs after 2nd grade of secondary education
Vocational Secondary Education

Offered at: Technical School/Tehnicki Uciliste
  • Duration: 4 Years
  • Certificate/diploma awarded: Secondary School Leaving Certificate/Svidetelstvo za zavreno sredno tehniko obrazovanie 
Vocational Secondary Education

Offered at: Vocational School/Uciliste Za Zanimanja
  • Duration: 4 Years
  • Certificate/diploma awarded:
  • Certificate/diploma awarded: Secondary Vocational School Leaving Certificate/Svidetelstvo za zavreno sredno obrazovanie za zanimaweto
Education Route: Post Secondary Education

Level: Bachelor
  • Duration: 4/5 years
Level: Master
  • Duration: 1-2 Years
Level: Master/Magister po, Specialization/Specijalizacija: Awarded after two years' study followed by research and the writing of a thesis which is defended in public and approved by a mentor. 

Level: Doctorate
  • Duration: 3-5 years
  • Doctorate/Doktor na nauki: The title of Doctor of Science is conferred to candidates who have obtained the Master's degree and after an approved period of research and the defence of a doctoral dissertation. 

Academic Grading in Macedonia

Here given various grade type in schooling and higher education system awarded to students in Macedonia after successful completion of study year(s).

Grading Scales: University Level

 Scale Grade Description US Equivalent
 10.00 Excellent A
 9.00 - 9.99 Excellent A
 8.00  -8.99 Very Good B
 7.00 - 7.99 Good B
 6.00 - 6.99 Sufficient C
 5.00 - 5.99 Fail F

 Grade Scale US Grade
 A 90 - 100 A
 B 80 - 89 B
 C 70 - 79 B
 D 60 - 69 C
 E 50 - 59 C
 F 0 - 49 F

Secondary School Level
 Scale Grade US Equivalent
 5.00 Excellent A
 4.00 - 4.99 Very Good B
 3.00 - 3.99 Good C
 2.00 - 2.99 Sufficient D
 1.00 - 1.99 Fail F

For latest updates see official website of Ministry of Education and Science (
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