Croatia is a diverse country that has become a much more popular study abroad destination in recent years. Located right between the western and eastern worlds, Croatia is a perfect mix of many different cultures. Students studying in Croatia will love to explore all regions of the country, each of which is very unique. Croatia is also perfectly located for trips to Austria, Italy, Hungary, and Slovenia.
Education in Croatia has a long history, with the first university being University of Zadar, founded in 1396. All higher education institutions that accept international students usually have an International Cooperation Office or a designated contact person who provides information for prospective international students. Prospective students should contact that office well before starting their studies in order to obtain relevant information on application procedures and other important matters.
Public primary and secondary schools, as well as institutions of higher education, are tuition-free. There are very few private schools in the country.
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are not required to obtain a visa but need to register with the local authorities within 90 days of their arrival. Generally, all non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens must hold a student visa along with a residence permit. The visa has to be obtained before traveling to Croatia. Upon arrival in Croatia, you are able to apply for a residence permit.