Study in Croatia

Quick facts

  • Population: 4,190,669 (2016)
  • Capital: Zagreb
  • Geographical size: 56,594 km2
  • GDP: € 45.818 billion (2016)
  • Official EU language(s): Croatian
  • Currency: Croatian Kuna HRK

Higher education in Croatia

  • Number of higher education institutions: 135
  • Number of students in higher education: 157,300 (2012, Euromonitor International from national statistics/UNESCO)
  • Number of international students in higher education: 717 (2012, UNESCO)
  • Language of instruction: Most higher education programmes in Croatia are taught in Croatian language but you will find many taught in foreign languages (most of them in English).
  • Typical tuition fees: 
    Students from the European Union (EU) Fees for all full-time students in the first year of the first and second cycles at public higher education institutions are fully covered by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports. In the following years of study, fees depend on criteria set by the individual higher education institutions. For some students, fees are paid by the government, some students pay a certain share of the fee, and some pay the full fee.
    Tuition fees may range from HRK 2000 to 10000 Croatian kuna/year (270-1300 EUR), depending on the field of study.
    Non EU-students: Tuition fees vary depending on the higher education institution and the field of study. In most cases, there are no fees for exchange students.
  • Average length of a full-time higher education programme in Croatia:
    • Bachelor’s degree programme: 3 years
    • Master’s degree programme: 2 years
    • Doctorate/PhD: 3 years


The Republic of Croatia (Republika Hrvatska), the EU’s newest member state, is attracting more and more international students, drawn by its rich academic tradition, cultural heritage and natural beauty.

Situated in South-Eastern Europe, Croatia has one of the most attractive coastlines in Europe. Its geographical location means you can experience totally different climates in the space of a few hours – you could swim in the sea in the warm sunshine in one moment and enjoy the snowy joys of the mountains the next!

Croatia’s long borders with Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro have helped create a modern, multi-ethnic society – a home to lots of different cultures.

Today, Croatian higher education encompasses 135 accredited higher education institutions.

If you prefer to study a programme taught in the Croatian language, many higher education institutions (HEIs) offer Croatian language courses to help you.

Alongside research-oriented universities, Croatia also offers polytechnics, offering professional study programmes to prepare you for a career.

All study programmes are based on European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). External quality assurance procedures are carried out by Agency for Science and Higher Education (member of ENQA, INQAAHE-a).

There are a number of scholarships available to international students who wish to study in Croatia.

Support services for international students are usually provided by HEIs’ International Relations Office and student associations like Erasmus Student Network Croatia. Full time students and (in some programmes) exchange students are entitled to subsidised meals in student cafeterias.

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