In order to study at Croatian higher education institutions, international students must have sufficient financial means for the duration of their stay in Croatia from personal sources or scholarships sources available in their countries or internationally.
Some Croatian higher education institutions might offer some financial aid or partial tuition fee waivers for international students. However, there are a number of scholarships available for exchange or degree students through Bilateral scholarships of the Republic of Croatia , through university bilateral agreements, through programmes such as CEEPUS and Erasmus+ managed by the Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes. More information can be found in the subsection “Exchange Programmes”.
Tuition fees for study programmes in Croatia are determined by each higher education institution. The level of tuition fees depends on the type of study programme and its duration. It is therefore important that prospective students directly contact the higher education institution they are interested in for precise information about tuition fees.
The range of tuition fees for international students varies depending on the higher education institution and field of study. Tuition fees for degree programmes in the humanities and social sciences can range from 1,100 EUR to 10,400 EUR per year, tuition fees in natural and technical sciences range approximately between 1,000 and 6,000 EUR per year and tuition fees for medical studies range between 10,000 and 12,000 EUR per year. There might be additional application fees between 60 EUR and 300 EUR.
Scholarships to university students who are Croatians living abroad
The Central State Office for Croats Abroad annually offers scholarships for university students with Croatian heritage living outside of Croatia.
In the academic year 2021/2022 1000 students scholarships were offered, of which 250 scholarships for study in Croatia (200 scholarships will be for Croatians living in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 30 scholarships for members of the Croatian national minority and 20 scholarships for members of the Croatian diaspora) and 750 scholarships for study in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Scholarships are awarded to students once for one academic year, i. e., for a period of 10 months in the monthly amount of 150 EUR.
Persons who are eligible to apply are university students who are Croatians living abroad and who are full-time students at public higher education institutions in Croatia.
The application for the public tender must be submitted electronically (all documentation) and paper form (application form and mandatory documentation).
More information about the call for applications and the procedure, terms and criteria of award of scholarships can be found on the website of the Central State Office for Croats Abroad on this link: https://hrvatiizvanrh.gov.hr/natjecaji-574/javni-natjecaj-za-dodjelu-stipendija-studentima-pripadnicima-hrvatskog-naroda-izvan-republike-hrvatske-za-akademsku-godinu-2021-2022/4887
Enrolment quotas for students who are members of the Croatian national minority
The following institutions of higher education have ensured special enrolment quotas for members of the Croatian national minority and the Croatian diaspora in the academic year 2021/2022: University of Zagreb, Catholic University of Croatia, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, University of Zadar, University of Split, University North and the College of Applied Sciences “Lavoslav Ružička” in Vukovar.
This special quota is divided into two categories, as defined in Article 2 of the Act on Relations of the Republic of Croatia with Croats Abroad (Official Gazette Nos 124/2011 and 16/2012): one for the members of the Croatian national minority in 12 European countries (Republic of Austria, Republic of Bulgaria, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Italian Republic, Republic of Kosovo, Hungary, Romania, Republic of North Macedonia, Slovak Republic, Republic of Slovenia and Republic of Serbia) and one for Croatian emigrants and their descendants in overseas and European countries.
To enrol in a study programme within the special quota for members of the Croatian national minority and the Croatian diaspora, candidates should submit their applications directly to the school of their choice.
It should be noted that schools rank these candidates independently, according to the previously published criteria, and reserve the possibility to administer entrance exams. Candidates do not have to take the state graduation exam in the Republic of Croatia but have to provide proof of having completed secondary education in their country of residence.
Together with the application to the school of their choice, candidates which decide to participate in the special enrolment quota are required to submit an application for the recognition of a foreign secondary school qualification and an application for the issuance of a Certificate of Affiliation to the Croatian People. Certificates of Affiliation to the Croatian People are issued by the Central State Office for Croats Abroad.
More detailed information about the special enrolment quota can be found on the website of the Central State Office for Croats Abroad.