Republic of Macedonia is situated in Southeast Europe. It is bordered by five countries: Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Albania and Kosovo.
The total area of the Republic of Macedonia is 25.333 km2, it covers 477km2 of water area, and 24.856 km2 of land area, and the total number of inhabitants is 2.022.547.
The capital of the Republic of Macedonia is Skopje, with 506,926 inhabitants according to the 2002 census. Macedonian national currency is denar.
Stip is a city in the eastern part of the Republic of Macedonia, in the valley of the river Bregalnica. The city counts 47,796 inhabitants. It is one of the oldest cities in the Republic of Macedonia, and covers an area of 810 km2. It is located at an altitude of 300 meters. The City of Stip, can proudly be called “students’ city”. It offers rich and attractive life for students, well-suited to different tastes and cultural needs of the young people, who have become part of the students’ world at the Goce Delcev University in Stip.
Apart from the rich nightlife that takes place in a wide selection of coffee bars, discos, small concert events, walks in nature; we should mention the “obligatory” student parties as well, that are organized once or twice a week at different locations.
What is more, there are various cultural activities organized by the University Cultural Centre, which include: film and theater experiences, concerts of students and professors from the Faculty of Music, literature and art workshops and other similar cultural activities.
On annual level, Stip is well known for several established festivals, famous both in Macedonia and the region. In June, Stip lives in the spirit of the pop music festival Makfest, that exists for 26 years, then the festival dedicated to jazz music called Astibo Jazz Festival held during the spring months, and DNB festival RUN which is held in several editions during the autumn and is genuinely refreshing, especially for the students of Goce Delcev University.
Furthermore, students and young fans of the hip-hop music can enjoy the unique hip-hop experience during the summer months called Stip Hop Festival.
Finally, all these events make the lives of the students more exciting year by year.
Basic living expenses for students’ accommodation and food, range from 50 to 65 euros per month ( if they are placed in the student dormitory ). In case they eat on their own choice, students can visit a big range of restaurants and other facilities, and a single meal can cost from 1 to 5 euros.
There are several accommodation facilities available for students – three dormitories, private housing possibilities, and when it comes to shorter stay, a hotel is an option. The hotel offer varies according to rank and price. The price per night in a hotel is between 25 and 100 euros. The dormitory prices (including meals) vary between 50 and 70 euros per month. The cost for renting a room in the private sector is between 25 and 50 euros per month.
Students are provided with quality health care. The University Clinic within the Faculty of Medicine, then the Public Healthcare Institution, the State City Hospital, and numerous private healthcare clinics are on students’ disposal. Their health is checked on regular basis every year. All students are insured against accidents, through collective insurance. When registering the academic year they are supposed to invest 3 euros in their health insurance, in insurance company.
Students with special needs
Goce Delcev University tends to provide all necessary conveniences, to all students, according to the University Statute. For that purpose, most of the campuses are supplied with ramps for students with special needs in order to make their access to faculties easier.