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Study In Croatia - International Students

Study in Croatia, and find the best universities in Croatia.

This study guide will give you all the information you need to find universities and study in Croatia.

Croatia has emerged from its shell in recent years to become the holiday destination of choice for those looking for dramatic coastlines, crystal clear waters, and a whole lot of history as a backdrop.
With this in mind it makes sense that Croatia is developing as a study destination of choice for international students.
Croatia’s culture and history – both ancient and very recent – make it a fascinating destination in which to be a student. There are a large number of programmes that are open to international students in the country.

Bachelor Degree In Croatia

Find the right Bachelor Degree in Croatia with our comprehensive guide.

Universities in Croatia

There are 128 universities in Croatia, with 36 situated along the popular tourism destination of the Adriatic coast.

The largest of Croatia’s universities is situated in the capital, Zagreb including the University of Zagreb which has a student population of 75,000 making it the largest university in south eastern Europe.

There are a large number of universities where you can study for an undergraduate course.

Whilst many undergraduate courses in Croatia are taught in Croatian, various courses are taught in other languages – for example, English, German, Italian and Hungarian.

It’s advisable to check that the courses you’re applying to are taught in a language that you can understand well enough to complete a degree in it.

The highest performing universities in Croatia are:

- University of Zagreb
- University of Rijeka
- University of Split
- J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek
- University of Zadar
- University of Dubrovnik
- University of Pula
- University North
- Catholic University of Croatia
- Dubrovnik International University

You can apply to study in Croatia via a centralised online system, which will allow you to apply for up to ten courses at once.

The amount of places available for students to study in Croatia is restricted and is decided by the individual institution, so it is advisable to apply early.

Tuition Fees in Croatia

Explore tuition fees in Croatia for bachelor's degrees and find the right bachelors degree at the right tuition cost for you.

Having signed up to the Bologna Process higher education in Croatia is similar to the rest of the European Union with the same values and standards as other European nations.

Undergraduate degrees in Croatia normally last for three to four years, and carry a bachelors qualification that is recognised all over the world.

In some cases, degrees in these areas can be studied for within an integrated undergraduate and graduate programme, which means that you will graduate with a master’s degree on top of your undergraduate one.

Like in the majority of European countries, Croatia’s degrees follow the bachelors/masters structure – unless your bachelors degree has a masters built in, as mentioned above.

Immigration & Visa in Croatia

Advice on Immigration & Visa in Croatia, where you can make sure you get the right documents to make a successful application to your ideal university.

European Union students moving to study in Croatia need to have a valid ID card or passport, and to register at a police station if they plan to stay in the country more than three months. This will automatically regulate a residence permit.

Students from other countries (including the USA, Australia and Canada) may need to apply for a residence permit on arrival in the country. You should check which documents are required with the Croatian embassy in your home country, but as a rule the following will be needed:

Form 1a – available here

Acceptance letter from the university/educational institution

1 photo in colour

Proof of sufficient means of subsistence - statement of bank account, scholarship confirmation, or similar

Proof of secured accommodation – the copy of the form from the student residence with your personal data or in case of private accommodation a rental contract

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Croatia

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Croatia.

Students in Croatia have various options for accommodation:

- Student dormitories/halls
- Privately rented flats, apartments
- Private renting within a family home

Student dormitories are in short supply in Croatia, and aren’t available to all students. Dormitories are available for some (but not all) international students, and may include services such as gyms and social areas for relaxation. There are usually two students per room, with a shared bathroom. They are the cheapest type of accommodation for students in Croatia and are managed by Student Centres, who will be contacted by your educational institution if you want and are eligible for dormitory accommodation.

Many international students, however, will be required to organise their own accommodation. This might be in a shared house or flat with other students, or might be as a lodger in a family home.

In all cases, students should sort out their accommodation as early as possible – preferably before they arrive in Croatia. Your educational institution should be able to advise you on housing matters.

Croatia is relatively cheap when it comes to living costs, especially compared to countries in Western Europe. Prices will of course be higher within bigger cities, however.

Advice For Parents

Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in Croatia. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.

How safe is Croatia?

Around 400,000 British people visit Croatia every year, due to its emergence in recent years as a popular tourist destination. It is a largely safe country, but as anywhere students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime.

They can do this by:

Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
Staying in groups, especially at night, and trying to avoid walking alone
Not making valuables obvious
Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
Being wary of strangers
Being careful of traffic

Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips if your child opts to study an undergraduate degree in Croatia:

• Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection

• Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date

• Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill

Apply to Study in Croatia

Apply to Study in Croatia and get free online and telephone support with your application. The advice here will help you find the right bachelors at the right university in Croatia.

If you would like to study overseas but are not certain as to where is the best fit in terms of country, course and funding you can register for free with the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) where a dedicated admissions team will be able to help you every step of the way.

You can find out about studying in other countries with our country guides.

Cities in Croatia