Belarus has a developed educational system. The literacy rate of the adult population of Belarus has always been one of the highest in the world.
The system of preschool education is well developed in Belarus. And though it is not mandatory, most children attend pre-school facilities before they go to school.
School education in Belarus
School education is divided into three levels: primary (4 years), basic (5 years) and secondary (2 years). A child can be admitted to school at the age of 6 or 7. Primary education is given in primary schools. Basic education is compulsory for all children. It is provided in basic schools, 5-9 forms of secondary schools and 5-9 forms of gymnasiums. At the end of basic education, a Certificate of Basic Education is awarded. Having successfully completed basic school, young people have the opportunity to continue their studies in the third stage of school education (10-11th forms), or in colleges, lyceums and vocational schools, where they simultaneously receive secondary education and vocational training. The certificate of general secondary or vocational education is the main document giving the right to enter a higher educational institution.
People in the educational system of Belarus use two official languages — Russian and Belarusian.
Higher education in the Republic of Belarus is prestigious and affordable. Students are trained by both public and private higher education institutions of various types:
When entering a higher education institution, a prospective student chooses a form of study, which can be full-time, evening or correspondence.
The training program in higher educational institutions of the Republic of Belarus is designed for 4-6 years. Full-time students who study successfully receive a scholarship. All graduates of higher educational institutions of various forms of ownership receive a state diploma.
In May 2015, the Republic of Belarus officially became a member of the Bologna Process, which has created the European Higher Education Area under the Lisbon Recognition Convention.