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Study in Croatia: Application Process

Interested in studying abroad in Croatia? We’re here to help make the process a little simpler. The admission process may be different from what you’re used to, so make sure you consult the university to which you are applying if you have specific questions.

Jan 28, 2024
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Interested in studying abroad in Croatia? We’re here to help make the process a little simpler. The admission process may be different from what you’re used to, so make sure you consult the university to which you are applying if you have specific questions. In the meantime, take the following steps to get started:

1. Choose a Program

Start by choosing the degree program that is right for you. There are plenty of degree programs in Croatia that are taught in English. Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, there are degrees in a multitude of fields across disciplines. Croatia is home to a variety of programs, including arts, humanities, business, and science programs.

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2. Prepare the Paperwork

Among the basic paperwork that is commonly required by all universities are a letter of motivation, a recommendation letter, and a portfolio of previous work if applicable. Universities will also require proof of completion of previous studies. To satisfy this requirement, send the university an official transcript from your secondary school if you’re beginning a bachelor’s or your previous university if you’re pursuing a master’s degree or higher. If you are not a native speaker, you may also need to successfully pass an English proficiency test.

3. Check Specific Admission Requirements

Depending on the university, specific documentation could be required. Always consult the university website for specific admission requirements and contact the appropriate university office if you have any questions.

4. Submit Your Application

In Croatia, admission procedures for undergraduate enrolment at higher education institutions in Croatia are centralized through a central online application system and managed by the Central Application Office. Prospective students are welcome to apply for several different programs and universities at a time. For graduate and postgraduate studies you must apply directly to the institution of your choice.

5. Wait to Be Admitted

Admission often happens in July and September for undergraduate programs. If you are going to study a postgraduate program, times may differ depending on the university. At a private university, you will usually be asked to pay the tuition fees for the first semester. Otherwise, the university where you will pursue your studies will send you an official letter of admission, admission confirmation for visa purposes, and other practical information about studying abroad in Croatia.

6. Apply for a Visa

If necessary, upon acceptance into a Croatian university, begin the visa application process as soon as possible. Because the process can take up to thirty days and requires several important documents, do not wait.

7. Arrive in Croatia

After you have been accepted to a university and have received the necessary visa, you are ready to begin your adventure in Croatia! Think about the cost of living in Croatia and what your budget will be. Once you have that information, you can begin looking for accommodation. Finally, it’s time to purchase your transport to Croatia and arrive in your new home! Wherever you stay, there are plenty of sights and attractions to enjoy.

Study in Croatia - Overview

Over 1,500 international students choose Croatia as their study abroad destination every year. Click here to learn why.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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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