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Best Universities in Croatia for International Students

These universities have been vetted to accepted international students and offer programs that have no foreign language requirements.

Why should I study in Croatia?

The Balkans refer to a geographic region in the southeastern peninsula of Europe.  It is undoubtedly the most diverse region of Europe, with many people, religions, and cultures living alongside each other. There is some debate about which countries make up the Balkans, but usually included are Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Croatia, and sometimes Greece and the European side of Turkey. 

The region has a complex and turbulent history. In the 1990s, the region was known for the Yugoslav wars, which were ethnic conflicts between former Yugoslav Republics of the Balkans. However, the region is now at peace and has not seen conflict since 2002. The different nations that comprise the Balkans are known for their immense beauty and rich culture. Currently, there are two nations in the Balkans that you can study: Slovenia and Croatia.

Situated below Slovenia is Croatia. It is a diverse country known for its stunning coastline and historic cities such as Dubrovnik. The country has a population of 4 million people, who are renowned for their hospitality and relaxed vibe. The country enjoys a Mediterranean climate and is a popular tourist destination in the summer. In fact, Croatia was ranked as the 18th most popular tourist destination in the world! In particular, the Adriatic Sea coastline attracts activities such as sailing, swimming, and snorkeling. 

Croatia also has lots to do and see inland, with a host of theatres and museums to keep you entertained.

How to Get Into the Best Unis in Croatia

For undergraduate studies, each school sets its own admissions standards. There is a state exam in Croatia. Students who have completed secondary education abroad are not obliged to take it, unless the higher education institution in which they want to enroll explicitly sets a mandatory threshold. While requirements vary from school to school, there is a central, online application process.

Many schools may require you to get your diploma legalized. If your country is a member of the Hague Conference (and the US is a member), this is a fairly easy process as all you will need is something called an "apostille certificate" affixed to your diploma.  Your Secretary of State's office can generally issue this, but a full list is provided here. Check here to see if your country is a member of the HCCH.

Proof of means requirements.

The student must demonstrate sufficient funds for support. Either a scholarship or proof of access to funds in the amount of at least 1,000 Kuna (in 2016, $142) per month for 12 months is required. The proof of receiving a scholarship is issued by the legal entity granting the scholarship. A bank statement is sufficient to show proof of means.

Working in Croatia as an International Student

All full-time international students can apply for "occasional student work".

Student Residence Options in Croatia

Once your application has been accepted and you've decided to attend school in Croatia, it's time to start the visa process with the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The visa application can be submitted in person or via e-mail. A list of missions and consulates is available on the website of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The following documents must be submitted with the application for temporary residence for the purpose of studying:

one color photo 35x45 mm;

A passport and a photocopy of a passport; proof of housing; proof of health insurance; proof of financial means; and proof of admittance to your Croatian school written in the Croatian language.

Health Insurance in Croatia for International Students

Proof of health insurance is required to obtain a residence permit in Croatia. Students from the US must show proof of health insurance coverage to the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance for the duration of their stay in Croatia.

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