Cost of Studying in Croatia 2019/2020

Cost of Studying in Croatia 2019 | Tuition Fee, Living and Visa Fee.

Cost of Studying in Croatia – So you heard about Croatia, right? Everyone that was there fell in love with Croatian culture, food, coast education, and its people.

We all love to spend our vacation and study there is some vital information you will need to know as you will be making some expenses while studying in Croatia as either an international student or a domestic student and as such this article has all you need to keep up informed on the cost of studying in Croatia.


Croatia is a Central European and Mediterranean country, bordering Slovenia in the west, Hungary in the north, Serbia in the east and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the south; the country also has a long maritime border with Italy in the Adriatic Sea. These borders total 2,028 km altogether.

Croatian education system provides education services at pre school, primary school, high school and higher education levels, as well as for adult education, so as to enable every user to develop his/her potential optimally, aiming at their personal development and entry into the labour market, including their preparedness for lifelong learning.

Education in Croatia is available to all, under equal conditions, in line with their capabilities. Compulsory education is free of charge, as stipulated by law, while private schools and colleges/polytechnics can be established in accordance with the relevant legal framework.

Universities are guaranteed autonomy and they can independently decide on their structure, organisation and operation.

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The higher education system is twofold and comprises of university and professional study programmes of different duration.

University study programs prepare students for scientific or professional careers in public and private sector. Professional study programs provide students with an appropriate level of knowledge and skills enabling them to work professionally and become directly involved in the working process.

Higher education is provided by the universities – most of them public – whose organizational autonomy and academic freedom in teaching and research is guaranteed by the Croatian Constitution.

Cost of Tuition Fee in Croatia

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.

Undergraduate Tuition Fee

The range of tuition fees for international undergraduate students varies depending on the higher education institution and field of study.

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree programmes in the humanities and social sciences can range from 6,000 Kuna (approximately 800 EUR) to 16,500 Kuna (approximately 2,200 EUR) per year, tuition fees for technical sciences are approximately 22,000 Kuna (approximately 3,000 EUR) per year and tuition fees for sciences and medical study are around 27,000 Kuna per year (approximately 3,600 EUR).

Postgraduate Tuition Fee in Croatia

Students from the EU to study in Croatia are eligible to pay the same tuition fees as the domestic students and the vast majority of postgraduate courses in English are at the public universities.

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This means that many students from other countries in the EU will find that tuition fees are very favourable compared with those charged at home. Tuition fees for Croatian and EU postgraduate students vary between around €800 to around €2,200 and up to €3,000+ for international students.

Many postgraduate students in Croatia self fund their studies and this especially true about international students

Cost of Living in Croatia

Students can go for private accommodation rent a room or apartment/flat. The cost of private accommodation varies depending on the location, no. of rooms and amenities.

Students can expect to pay around 150 EUR per month for a one-bed, bathroom and kitchen; and about 250 EUR per month for a studio apartment. Students are required to pay the rent at the start of each month.


Students can expect to spend between 400 and 700 EUR per month, including accommodation, travel, food, utilities, and other necessary expenses.

The costs of living vary depending on the accommodation type student dormitory or private accommodation, lifestyle and location, either inside or outside the city.

Cost of Transportation in Croatia

In Croatia, there are many modes of transport available to students. Students can select any mode depending on their needs and budget. Students can easily travel around the country through public transport. Public transport in Croatia is well developed and comprises of railways, buses, and trams. Also, the intercity bus network is available in Croatia.

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Getting around Croatia by buses highly economical; the average inter-city bus fare is 30 to 35Kn per hour.

Local ferries are cheap for passengers (30-40Kn is the average fare) but taking a car can get pricey. For example, a passenger going from Split to Stari Grad (Hvar) pays only €3.60 but the car is another €16.80.

Cost of Medical Insurance in Croatia

You must have valid health insurance whilst studying in Croatia. It is a prerequisite for being granted a temporary residence permit.

As a British citizen, you are entitled to a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for the duration of your course in Croatia, as long as you intend to return to the UK at the end of the course and you are not undertaking work such as part-time jobs or paid internships simultaneously with your studies.

Even with the EHIC, you will have to pay a mandatory co-payment of HRK 10 each time you visit a doctor, dentist or receiving a prescription.

Cost of Visa in Croatia

Croatia must obtain a temporary residence permit (which has a duration of one year) before they are allowed to attend classes. Also, students coming from abroad must obtain an entry visa to Croatia.

Visa applications can be submitted at the consulate or embassy in your country. Submission can be done through email or in person. Residence permit application, on the other hand, can be submitted to the nearest police station in Croatia.

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