Croatia officially the Republic of Croatia is a country at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe. It shares a coastline along the Adriatic Sea, and borders Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the northeast, Serbia to the east, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro to the southeast, and shares a maritime border with Italy to the west and southwest. Croatia's capital and largest city, Zagreb, forms one of the country's primary subdivisions, with twenty counties. The country spans an area of 56,594 square kilometres (21,851 square miles), with a population of nearly 3.9 million.

The present-day republic is composed of the historically Croatian regions of Croatia-Slavonia (located in the upper arm of the country), Istria (centred on the Istrian Peninsula on the northern Adriatic coast), and Dalmatia (corresponding to the coastal strip). Although these regions were ruled for centuries by various foreign powers, they remained firmly Western-oriented in culture, acquiring a legacy of Roman law, the Latin alphabet, and western European political and economic traditions and institutions. A part of Yugoslavia for much of the 20th century, Croatia suffered considerably from the disintegration of that federation in the early 1990s. 


Why Choose Croatia?

Croatia is one of the countries I plan to focus on more in my future Balkan travels as so far I’ve seen only a few places in the country: Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Dubrovnik (including a few day trips from Dubrovnik) Zadar, Split, Sibenik, and Krka National Park, but there are just so many things to do in Croatia. And every reason to visit Croatia is actually a good one.

Croatia is an ideal study destination for students wishing to study in a country with a long academic tradition and renowned for its beautiful coast, its mix of Mediterranean and Central European charm and for its rich history and culture.

Studying in Croatia means you will be surrounded by multiple cultures, get a global perspective, and experience a high-quality and cooperative education while exploring beautiful landscapes and having fun in different outdoor adventures.

Croatia is one of the most famous and well-known summer vacation destinations in Europe. Its coasts and seas are captivating, the food is delicious, and it is full of history, culture, and natural beauty. Interested in skiing in the Alps, strolling along the banks of the Danube, or going sailing on the Adriatic sea for a day trip to one of its over 1,000 islands? Croatia has more to offer than just your university’s city to explore. Come here to study and enjoy a rich cultural and historical heritage as well as the beautiful surroundings!


Croatia is a member of the Bologna process. All programs of study in Croatia are aligned with this structure.Enrolling in a higher education institution in Croatia is not limited only to students who speak Croatian or are from Croatia. There are a variety of educational programs available for international students who do not know Croatian and do not have the intention to learn it. Medical studies are one of the most prominent programs and are taught in English.

Interested in studying abroad in Croatia? We’re here to help make the process a little simpler. The admission process may be different from what you’re used to, so make sure you consult the university to which you are applying if you have specific questions. In the meantime, take the following steps to get started:

1. Choose a Program
Start by choosing the degree program that is right for you. There are plenty of degree programs in Croatia that are taught in English

2. Prepare the Paperwork
Among the basic paperwork that is commonly required by all universities are a letter of motivation, a recommendation letter, and a portfolio of previous work if applicable. Universities will also require proof of completion of previous studies. To satisfy this requirement, send the university an official transcript from your secondary school if you’re beginning a bachelor’s or your previous university if you’re pursuing a master’s degree or higher. If you are not a native speaker, you may also need to successfully pass an English proficiency test.

3. Check Specific Admission Requirements
Depending on the university, specific documentation could be required. Always consult the university website for specific admission requirements and contact the appropriate university office if you have any questions.

4. Submit Your Application
In Croatia, admission procedures for undergraduate enrolment at higher education institutions in Croatia are centralized through a central online application system and managed by the Central Application Office. Prospective students are welcome to apply for several different programs and universities at a time. For graduate and postgraduate studies you must apply directly to the institution of your choice.

5. Wait to Be Admitted
Admission often happens in July and September for undergraduate programs. If you are going to study a postgraduate program, times may differ depending on the university. 

6. Apply for a Visa
If necessary, upon acceptance into a Croatian university, begin the visa application process as soon as possible. Because the process can take up to thirty days and requires several important documents, do not wait.

7. Arrive in Croatia
After you have been accepted to a university and have received the necessary visa, you are ready to begin your adventure in Croatia!

Living in Croatia

As a student, it's important to think about what type of accommodations you will have, how much traveling you intend to do, and whether you plan to work part-time or not. Living costs in Croatia can range between 400 and 700 EUR per month depending on where in Croatia you live and whether you live in a student dorm or a privately rented apartment. This amount should be sufficient to cover food, lodging, utilities, books, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses. However, students' expenses may vary based on their preferences and lifestyle.

When it comes to accommodation, there are many options. Students can go for corridor rooms, shared accommodation, or private accommodation- rent a room or apartment/flat. The costs of private accommodation vary depending on the location, the number of rooms, and amenities. Students can expect to pay around 150 EUR per month for a one-bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen; and about 250 EUR per month for a studio apartment. You can expect to pay between 7 EUR to 20 EUR at any average to high scale restaurants within the city. The good thing about Croatia is that there are several student restaurants that have been dubbed ‘mensas’ scattered around major university cities, campuses, dormitories. 

Don’t forget to possess an ‘Iksica’ to enjoy all the discounts reserved for students alone!

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