How to apply

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 earliest one month in advance. The enrolment process must be completed latest until 12:00 (noon) 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, learning agreement 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.

How to apply and enrol

  1. Fill in the online application 
  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 (if you have a scholarship) 
    • 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.
    • Photograph and 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. If you are enroling in the Semester Course of the Croatian Language and Culture, you need to come to the Croaticum office with these documents to sign the contract and enrol. If necessary, you will take a test that will assess your knowledge of the Croatian language. If you are enroling in the Croaticum Summer School of the Croatian Language and Culture, the Croaticum Autumn School of the Croatian Language and Culture or the Croaticum Winter School of the Croatian Language and Culture, you will receive all information on the enrolment by e-mail. If necessary, you will take an online test that will assess your knowledge of the Croatian language. 
  4. If you do not have a scholarship, you will receive payment information during the enrolment. To complete the enrolment, you need to submit the confirmation of payment to the Croaticum office or by email no later than 12 (noon) on Friday before the start of the programme for which you are applying.
  5. On the Croaticum website (under News) check if there is additional information about the first day of classes. You will receive the schedule by e-mail no later than 8 pm on Friday before the start of the programme for which you are applying.

Croatian language placement test

In Croaticum’s Croatian language and culture programmes classes are organized in groups. The 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.     

When to enrol and take the Croatian language placement test

A student can enrol earliest one month in advance. Information on Croaticum office hours is available here.

Croatian language placement test for the enrolment in the Semester Course of the Croatian Language and Culture can be taken on any work day at 10 am during the two weeks before the start of the programme. Testing takes about 2 hours.

Croatian language placement test for the enrolment in the  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 can be taken online during the two weeks before the start of the programme. Testing takes about 2 hours.