Study in Croatia
Graduate programs 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. But what about if you want to study there?
The largest of Croatia’s universities is situated in the capital, Zagreb. The University of Zagreb is definitely not the only option, though – there are 128 higher education institutions in Croatia, and 36 are found on the country’s spectacular Adriatic coast. This number includes institutions that specialise in postgraduate courses in specific areas.
Population: 4, 253, 000
There are three cycles of degree in Croatia: undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate. Graduate programs in Croatia usually last one or two years, and lead to the awarding of a masters degree.
They are followed by postgraduate programs, of which there are two types:
- Specialist studies - lasting 1 – 2 years and leading to professional specialisation
- Doctoral studies - lasting three years and involving scientific/research training
Whilst many graduate programs 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.
Immigration and visas in Croatia
EU 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
Life in Croatia
In most cases, international students in Croatia will be entitled to discounted food and other essentials – such as public transport – through their student card, which can make day to day life relatively cost effective.
Social life is also a big part of the university experience in Croatia, with students’ unions providing the same services to students as they do in the UK and elsewhere. There are also a large number of student organisations, including those for international students, that allow students to meet others with similar interests.
There are also numerous opportunities to explore whilst on your downtime in Croatia – from the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik to the pristine island beaches to the capital city of Zagreb, which has more museums within its environs than hotels.
Working in Croatia
All full time students who want to work in Croatia (including international students) have the opportunity to do so, and their employment is handled by the Student Service Centre. You should register in person at the Student Service Centre (there is likely to be one in every university town), bringing with you:
- Student Transcript Book
- Certificate of full-time student status
- Two photographs
- ID document/ passport
- Proof of a Croatian bank account
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.
Climate in Croatia
The climate in Croatia varies depending on where you are in the country. The coastal areas have a warm Mediterranean climate with mild winters, whilst inland the temperature is more continental, with colder winters. The likelihood of rain and thunderstorms is higher in the north of the country than the south.
Despite its unusual geography Croatia has a relatively well-developed public transport network, although outside of the main cities buses and trains will be less frequent as most residents have their own cars. Tram networks are also reliable in Zagreb and Osijek. There are a number of airports throughout the country, with the main international hubs being in Dubrovnik, Split and Zagreb. Many major coastal cities also have ferry networks to help visitors explore the country’s many islands.
The currency of Croatia is the Kuna.
What to do next?
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