Studies last for eight semesters. All first year courses are compulsory. At the beginning of each winter or spring semester, the students submit to the Secretariat of the Department a declaration of the elective (E) courses which they have selected on the basis of the recommended curriculum of studies.

Each semester is made up of at least thirteen (13) full weeks of classes, plus an appropriate period of time for examinations.

Students complete their studies and obtain their degree when they have passed the required number of courses and have obtained the required number of credits.

Throughout their studies, students are entitled to a range of benefits such as medical, pharmaceutical and hospital care, academic scholarships, financial assistance in the form of grants or loans, free meals and accommodation, free textbooks and other reading material, and free passes on certain means of public transportation.