Syrian Arab Republic
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Structure of Higher Education System
Higher education is provided by public universities, higher institutes, and the Syrian Virtual University and since 2002, private higher education institutions. The Syrian universities follow the semester system.
Stages of studies
University level first stage
The Licence/Bachelor's degree is awarded after four to six years' study, depending on the subject. In Arts, Humanities, Law, Islamic Law, Economics, Social Sciences and Fine Arts, studies last for four years; in Engineering, Architecture, Agriculture, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Veterinary Science, for five years. In the faculties of Engineering, including Architecture, the Licence/Bachelor's degree is awarded on the results of the final year examination and of a practical project. In Medicine, the Licence/Bachelor's degree is given the name of Medical Doctor and is awarded after six years, marking the end of the first stage of medical studies.