How to apply

It is possible to participate in Croaticum’s Croatian language and culture programmes either by attending classes in person at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb or by attending classes online.

In person participation

If you wish to attend any of Croaticum’s Croatian language and culture programmes in person, you should:

  1. Fill in the online application latest 7 days before the beginning of the programme.
  2. Prepare the following documents as they are needed for the enrolment:
    • Printed and signed online application.
    • Proof of identity (e.g. copy of valid passport or ID card).
    • Confirmation of awarded scholarship or confirmation of payment (note: the confirmation of payment can be sent by e-mail later). 
    • Photo (applies only to students who enrol for the first time in the Semester Course of the Croatian Language and Culture) or index (applies only to students who have previously been enroled in the Semester Course of the Croatian Language and Culture).
    • Additional form for students of the Semester Course of the Croatian Language and Culture who wish to use the Internet and the library at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: Wi-Fi and Library Form.
    • Additional form for students of the Semester Course of the Croatian Language and Culture who wish to use public transport in Zagreb: ZET Form.
  3. Come to the Croaticum office precisely at the time you indicated in the online application in order to sign the contract and enrol in the programme (on any workday, between 10:00 and 12:00 CET). If necessary, you will write the Croatian language placement test (on any workday, at 10:00 CET). This must be done latest until 12:00 CET on Friday prior to the beginning of the programme you are applying for.
  4. If previously not provided, send by e-mail the confirmation of payment in order to finish the enrolment process. This must be done latest until 12:00 CET on Friday prior to the beginning of the programme you are applying for.
  5. Check the Croaticum website (section News) for schedule and detailed instructions for the first day of the programme. The schedule will be available latest at 20:00 CET on Friday prior to the beginning of the programme you are applying for.

Online participation

If you wish to attend online any of Croaticum’s Croatian language and culture programmes, you should:

  1. Fill in the online application latest 7 days before the beginning of the programme.
  2. Prepare scans of the following documents as they are needed for the enrolment:
  3. Send the documents by e-mail not later than 7 days before the beginning of the programme you are applying for. In order to enrol, you will receive a contract to sign and return by e-mail. Furthermore, if necessary, you will receive a link to write the Croatian language placement test online. Bear in mind that the test takes approximately 90 minutes and that it must be completed latest until 12:00 CET on Friday prior to the beginning of the programme you are applying for.
  4. Send by e-mail the signed contract and, if not previously provided, send confirmation of payment in order to finish the enrolment process. This must be done latest until 12:00 CET on Friday prior to the beginning of the programme you are applying for.
  5. Check the Croaticum website (section News) for schedule and detailed instructions for the first day of the programme. The schedule will be available latest at 20:00 CET on Friday prior to the beginning of the programme you are applying for.

Croatian language placement test

In Croaticum’s Croatian language and culture programmes classes are organized in groups. Groups are formed on the basis of the results of Croatian language placement tests or on the results achieved during the previous semester. The following students do not need to take the Croatian language placement test in order to enrol:

  1. Students who have no previous knowledge of the Croatian language.
  2. Students who have successfully completed the Semester Course of the Croatian Language and Culture in the previous semester and want to continue learning Croatian on a higher level. 
  3. Students who haven’t successfully completed the Semester Course of the Croatian Language and Culture in the previous semester but want to continue learning Croatian on the same level. 
  4. Students who have successfully completed the Semester Course of the Croatian Language and Culture in the previous semester and want to continue learning Croatian in Croaticum Summer School of the Croatian Language and Culture, Croaticum Autumn School of the Croatian Language and Culture or Croaticum Winter School of the Croatian Language and Culture.

All other students must take the Croatian language placement test, including students who sucessfuly completed one of Croaticum’s Croatian language and culture programmes but had a pause (one semester or longer) before enroling in the next programme. 

The results of the Croatian language placement test are used only for purposes of organising classes. Therefore, they do not indicate language proficiency according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and they are not available to students in a form of a certificate. If a student is interested in obtaining a language proficiency certificate, Croaticum also tests the knowledge of Croatian for different purposes.     

Additional information

Number of students in Croaticum’s Croatian language and culture programmes is limited. In order to secure a place, it is best to enrol in a programme as soon as possible. 

A student can enrol in one of Croaticum’s Croatian language and culture programmes earliest one month in advance. Applications are closed 7 days before the beginning of the programme and the enrolment process must be completed latest until 12:00 CET on Friday prior to the beginning of the programme. 

A student is entitled to participate in classes only if the enrolment process is successfully finished.

Payment details are provided during the enrolment process. Withdrawal from the programme and refunds are not possible once the programme contract or scholarship contract has been signed.

Croaticum does not provide information on visas and cannot offer any services related to obtaining a visa. You should contact relevant institutions regarding information on visas.

Information on prices and fees is available here, and the academic calendar is available here.