Boasting of beautiful beaches and clear waters, Croatia, is fast emerging as a hotspot for tourists internationally. It is also welcoming international students to come and pursue higher studies. International students who wish to study in Croatia must apply for temporary residence permit if their stay in Croatia is for a period of more than 90 days. It is advisable to check the language in which the course is taught as most courses at undergraduate and graduate level are taught in Croatian and many postgraduate courses are taught in English, German, etc.

REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENT RESIDENT PERMIT / VISA –

  • International students aspiring to pursue higher education in Croatia must get an entry visa- Visa C. Visit the official website of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs for more details on the visa.
  • Applicants must fill in the visa application form (Vida C) and submit it with the required documents to the Croatian embassy or consulate in their country of residence. Applicants can submit the application online or in person.
  • Letter of acceptance from a higher education institution in Croatia written in Croatian language.
  • Applicant must produce the proof of sufficient funds to support him/herself which is, a scholarship or proof of having access to finances in the amount of at least 1,000 Kuna per month during the stay of 12 months. The proof of receiving a scholarship should be issued by the legal entity granting the scholarship and the proof of finances should be issued by a bank in the form of a bank statement.
  • Health Insurance Proof –
  1. European Insurance Card (EHIC)
  2. If there is a signed bilateral agreement between applicant’s home country and Croatia applicant must ask for bilingual form to be filled in and stamped by their health insurance company. The form should then be presented at the Croatian Health Insurance Fund, which in turn, will issue a health insurance document valid in Croatia.
  3. applicants from countries that do not have aforementioned agreement with Croatia have to report to the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance ( HZZO – Hrvatski zavod za zdravstveno osiguranje) to establish their right to health insurance under Croatian health insurance regulation.

REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENT RESIDENT PERMIT / VISA –

  • International students aspiring to pursue higher education in Croatia must get an entry visa- Visa C. Visit the official website of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs for more details on the visa.
  • Applicants must fill in the visa application form (Vida C) and submit it with the required documents to the Croatian embassy or consulate in their country of residence. Applicants can submit the application online or in person.
  • Letter of acceptance from a higher education institution in Croatia written in Croatian language.
  • Applicant must produce the proof of sufficient funds to support him/herself which is, a scholarship or proof of having access to finances in the amount of at least 1,000 Kuna per month during the stay of 12 months. The proof of receiving a scholarship should be issued by the legal entity granting the scholarship and the proof of finances should be issued by a bank in the form of a bank statement.
  • Health Insurance Proof –
  1. European Insurance Card (EHIC)
  2. If there is a signed bilateral agreement between applicant’s home country and Croatia applicant must ask for bilingual form to be filled in and stamped by their health insurance company. The form should then be presented at the Croatian Health Insurance Fund, which in turn, will issue a health insurance document valid in Croatia.
  3. applicants from countries that do not have aforementioned agreement with Croatia have to report to the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance ( HZZO – Hrvatski zavod za zdravstveno osiguranje) to establish their right to health insurance under Croatian health insurance regulation.
  • Proof of secured housing during the stay (e.g. written proof of secured accommodation in the student dormitory or an apartment lease and proof of the landlord’s apartment ownership for students in private accommodation).Please be informed that within 48 hours of your arrival in Croatia, applicant will have to register his/her address at the Foreigners Office at the local Police Administration Office. If he/she is staying at a hotel or student dormitory, their address will be automatically registered.
  • One color photograph 35×45 mm
  • A valid passport and photocopy of the passport (non-EU citizens) or identity card (EU citizens)

VISA APPLICATION FEE –

The application fee for the temporary residence permit for studying is 500 Kuna. International students receiving a grant from the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports and the Agency for Mobility and EU Programs are exempted from this fee but they should pay for the cost of the issuance of the residence card which is of 240,00 Kuna and the duty stamp fee of 20,00 Kuna.

VISA PROCESSING TIME –

The complete procedure can take three months or longer (which includes time needed for all the necessary documents to be translated into Croatian). There is also a fast-track option for processing the application and students can request for the same at the diplomatic mission or consulate, for which, they pay a higher fee.