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.
In this section, we highlight the overall performance of croatian universities on the institutional level per U-Multirank dimension. The table below shows the national breakdown of croatian universities and how they stand across the spectrum of above average (receiving a score of ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good)), versus below average (receiving a score of ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak)). In doing so, U-Multirank offers a clear picture on the country’s strengths and areas for improvement.
It becomes apparent that in general Croatia's higher education institutions perform strongest in U-Multirank’s teaching & learning, regional engagement and research dimensions.
Public primary and secondary schools, as well as institutions of higher education, are tuition-free. There are very few private schools in the country. Tuition fees for study programmes in Croatia are determined by each higher education institution. The level of tuition fees depends on the type of study programme and its duration. It is therefore important that prospective students directly contact the higher education institution they are interested in for precise information about tuition fees.
The range of tuition fees for international undergraduate students varies depending on the higher education institution and field of study. Tuition fees for undergraduate degree programmes in the humanities and social sciences can range from 6,000 Kuna (approximately 800 EUR) to 16,500 Kuna (approximately 2,200 EUR) per year, tuition fees for technical sciences are approximately 22,000 Kuna (approximately 3,000 EUR) per year and tuition fees for sciences and medical study are around 27,000 Kuna per year (approximately 3,600 EUR). Tuition fees for graduate and postgraduate programmes should be obtained by request directly from higher education institutions since they vary significantly.
Undergraduate university and professional studies: prospective students who have completed secondary education can enrol in an undergraduate study programme. Higher education institutions determine the types of secondary education that are appropriate for admission to a certain undergraduate or professional study programme. Normally, the institutions expect prospective students to have completed a minimum of 4 years of high school education. Postgraduate studies: prospective students who have completed a relevant graduate study programme can enrol in a postgraduate study programme. Higher education institutions may stipulate additional conditions for enrolment into the postgraduate study.
No matter the reason, paying high tuition fees can be a source of stress for many. However, there are many options for financing your studies, including the use of scholarships. There are various scholarship opportunities available for international students looking to study in Croatia. Depending on your country of origin and the level of studies, there are different options for funding. To explore what scholarship options are available, check this scholarship database.
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.