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Study in Croatia

Updated: May 2016

1. Postgraduate university studies

Whether you are only exploring study opportunities in
Croatia or have already been accepted to a degree or
exchange programme at a Croatian higher education
institution, the following web pages will provide you
with a general outline and some practical information
about what you need to do before and after your arrival:
Study in Croatia (in English)

The Croatian higher education system has a long educational tradition
maintained primarily through the work of its public universities, which
are: J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek, Juraj Dobrila University
of Pula, University of Dubrovnik, University of Rijeka, University of Split, University
of Zadar and University of Zagreb.

A list of postgraduate (doctoral and specialist) university study programmes is available at the following website > Studying in Croatia > Institutions and study programmes > Level and Subject

International Student guide of the University of Zagreb (in English)


2. Temporary stay for the purpose of studies

Foreign nationals intending to study in Croatia must regulate their temporary stay for the purpose of studying if their stay in Croatia is longer than 90 days. International students are not allowed to attend classes at a university until they have procured a residence permit.

International students can submit a residence permit application in one of two ways:
-to the diplomatic mission or consulate of the Republic of Croatia in the foreign national’s home country
-to the appropriate police department or police station immediately upon entering Croatia if they submit proof of taking part in an exchange programme approved by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports in Croatia (Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus, CEEPUS, bilateral exchange, etc.). For more information about this document, the student should contact International Relations Offi ce of the host university.

If foreigners are subject to the visa requirement they are obliged to apply for a visa prior to their entry into the Republic of Croatia, at the responsible Croatian diplomatic mission/consular post.

Students submitting an application to the diplomatic mission or consulate of the Republic of Croatia in their home country should do so prior to their scheduled arrival to Croatia. The usual procedure can take three months or longer. There is also a fast-track option for handling the application and students can request this at the diplomatic mission or consulate, in which case they pay a higher fee. Students submitting the application to the appropriate police department or police station in Croatia should do so immediately upon entering Croatia.

The temporary stay permit for the purpose of studies is valid up to one year, that is, until the end of the academic year.

Documents needed to apply for a temporary stay permit for the purpose of studies:
1. Application form
2. Proof of admittance to a higher education institution in Croatia written in the Croatian language
3. One colour photograph (35 x 45 mm)
4. Original and copy of a valid travel document
5. Proof of accommodation arrangements *
6. Proof of means of support **
7. Certifi cate of impunity (not older than 6 months)
8. Proof of health insurance ***

*E.g. written proof of secured accommodation in the student dormitory or an apartment lease and proof of the landlord’s apartment ownership for students in private accommodation
** Proof of finances: a scholarship or proof of having access to finances in the amount of at least 1,000 Kuna per month during 12 months. The proof of receiving a scholarship is issued by the legal entity granting the scholarship while the proof of finances is issued by a bank in the form of a bank statement
*** Proof of health insurance (bilingual document) coming from a home country that has a bilateral agreement on social and health security with Croatia. Nationals of countries that do not have the aforementioned agreement with Croatia have to report to the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance (HZZO - Hrvatski zavod za zdravstveno osiguranje) to establish their right to health insurance under Croatian health insurance regulations.

All original documents must be officially translated into Croatian, and an “apostille” of all original documents and certified translations may be required. It is suggested to check with the Croatian diplomatic mission or consular post whether the need for an “apostille“ exists.

Application fee
The application fee for the first temporary residence permit for the purpose of studying is 520 Kuna (approximately 70 EUR). International students receiving a grant from the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports are exempted from this fee.

Diplomatic Missions and Consular Offices of Croatia (in English)
Study in Croatia >Living in Croatia >Student residence permit

Upon arrival you need to register at a police station. If you have received a room in one of the student dormitories, the Student centre (Studentski centar) will do this for you.

3. Student work

The following categories of foreign students may work without work or business permit:
- foreigners having the status of regular pupils or students in the Republic of Croatia, provided that they get work through the mediation of authorised agents, without getting employed,
- foreigners granted temporary stay for the purpose of scientific research.


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