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Study in Croatia: A Guide for International Students

Studying in Croatia means you will be surrounded by multiple cultures, get a global perspective, and experience a high-quality and cooperative education while exploring beautiful landscapes and having fun in different outdoor adventures.

Croatia is one of the most famous and well-known summer vacation destinations in Europe. Its coasts and seas are captivating, the food is delicious, and it is full of history, culture, and natural beauty. Interested in skiing in the Alps, strolling along the banks of the Danube, or going sailing on the Adriatic sea for a day trip to one of its over 1,000 islands? Croatia has more to offer than just your university’s city to explore. Come here to study and enjoy a rich cultural and historical heritage as well as the beautiful surroundings!

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Croatia has become an increasingly popular destination among international students in the world. With 128 higher education institutions located throughout the country, Croatia’s largest university is the University of Zagreb with over 75,000 students enrolled it is the largest university in South-Eastern Europe. Plus Croatia is open and multilingual. Walking the streets you will find people from all over speaking Croatian, English, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. Want to know more about it? Read through our Study Abroad in Croatia Guide and begin looking for a program that fits you best today!

Croatia - Quick facts & figures






4.076 million

Area Size

56,594 km²

International students


Academic Year

September - June


Kuna (HRK)

Calling Code


Time Zone

Central European Standard Time (GMT+1)

Split, Croatia

More about studying abroad in Croatia

Croatia's higher education system has a long tradition of education, primarily preserved through the work of its public universities. Furthermore, Croatia offers two types of higher education to prospective students: 

  • University studies: included in academic programs that are conducted exclusively at universities
  • Vocational studies: consisting of professional programs offered at polytechnics or applied science colleges (exceptionally, professional programs may also be offered at universities).

If Croatia sounds interesting to you, below you can find further information on how you can study in Croatia!

Education System

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in Croatia? Croatia is a popular destination for a variety of students, given its nature, culture, and history. Take a minute to find out more about the structure of the education system in Croatia!

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Student Visas

Do you need a visa to enter Croatia to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizen status. You will also be required to bring certain documents with you to passport control at the airport, which we cover as well.

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Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Croatia.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Depending on the degree program you will study and the university, tuition fees in Croatia may vary. Read more about it below!

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Language & Culture

Croatia is a country rich in history and culture. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, and more!

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Application Process

All countries have specific admissions requirements for students to gain acceptance into a university. Learn more about the ins and outs of admission to programs in Croatia, and what you need to apply, depending on your citizenship.

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Ready to look at education in Croatia? Use our search engine to find and compare top programs in Croatia today!

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