In total, Croatia has 133 higher education institutions located in all parts of the country - including more than 40 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. Founded in 1669, the University of Zagreb is also the oldest university in the region.
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. Many Croatian higher education institutions are offering degree-programmes or courses or summer schools for international students taught in English. Some higher education institutions also offer Croatian language courses.
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. For admissions and enrolment to study programmes in Croatia, check the subsection “how to apply”.
For more reasons to study in Croatia, see the video Why study in Croatia?
Please, check also the International Student Guide to Croatia, it will give you useful advice and instructions to study in Croatia!