Croatia is an ideal place for students wishing to study in a country renowned for its beautiful coast, for its mix of Mediterranean and South-Eastern European charm and for its rich historical and cultural heritage.
Croatian higher education at a glance
In total, Croatia has 128 higher education institutions located in all parts of the country - including a total of 36 on Croatia’s spectacular Adriatic coast! Croatia’s largest university is the University of Zagreb with over 75,000 enrolled students - making it the largest university in the region of South-Eastern Europe. The University of Zagreb is also the oldest university in the region (founded in 1669).
Opportunities for both Croatian and non-Croatian speakers
For prospective students who speak Croatian (or are studying the language), a wide variety of degree programmes or exchange programmes are available for studying at higher education institutions throughout Croatia.
Study opportunities are also available to prospective students who do not speak Croatian (or are not studying the language). On the one hand, some higher education institutions offer Croatian language courses as semester classes, one-month courses or summer schools. On the other hand, some higher education institutions offer specific courses in foreign languages (lasting one or two semesters) and there some degree-programmes taught in English and other foreign languages.
Opportunity for travel and discovery
Croatia's geographical position in South-Eastern Europe, combined with its natural, historical and cultural diversity, makes it an ideal location for national and regional explorations. Aside from making the most of your educational experience, you can use your time in Croatia to explore the Croatian coast, mountains and natural parks. If you have time, you can even visit nearby countries such as Austria, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, which are all easy reachable by car, bus or train.
Open and multi-lingual environment
Finally, despite being a country of relatively small size with a close-knit community, the Croatian people are not only welcoming but are also multi-lingual. According to a survey ordered by the European Commission in 2005, 49% of people in Croatia speak English, 34% German, 14% Italian, 4% French and Russian and 2% Spanish. Hopefully, this will also help you adjust quickly and make the most of your study experience.
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.
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Juraj Dobrila University of Pula
University of Dubrovnik
University of Rijeka
University of Split
University of Zadar
University of Zagreb
Međimurje Polytechnic in Čakovec
Polytechnic "Lavoslav Ružička" in Vukovar
Polytechnic "Marko Marulić" in Knin
Polytechnic "Nikola Tesla" in Gospić
Polytechnic of Applied Health Studies in Zagreb
Polytechnic of Šibenik
Polytechnic of Karlovac
Polytechnic of Požega
Polytechnic of Rijeka
Polytechnic of Slavonski Brod
Polytechnic of Zagreb
College for Management in Tourism and Informatics in Virovitica
College of Agriculture in Križevci
Croatian Catholic University
DIU Libertas International University
Polytechnic "Hrvatsko Zagorje" in Krapina
Polytechnic Velika Gorica
Business College "Libertas"
Business College "PAR"
Business College "Zagreb"
Business College with Public Rights, Višnjan
College for Applied Computer Engineering "Algebra"
College for Finance and Law "Effectus"
College for Inspection and Human Resource Management
College for Safety
College for Technology and Business - Pula Polytechnic
College of AGORA
College of Business Administration "Baltazar Adam Krčelić"
College of Economics, Entrepreneurship and Management "Zrinski"
College of Information Technology Zagreb
College of International Relations and Diplomacy Dag Hammarskjöld
College of Management and Design "Aspira"
RRiF College for Financial Management
Technical College in Bjelovar
TV Academy - College of Multimedia and Communication in Split
Zagreb School of Economics and Managment