Croatia offers a variety of fully/partially funded scholarships without IELTS in 2024 for an academic batch of 2024. Currently, Croatian scholarships applications for the 2024-2025 batch are being accepted by all Croatian Universities. IELTS is never a mandatory requirement for admissions in Croatian Universities when admissions in English taught programs are requested. Universities in Croatia also accepts TOEFL, DET, Cambridge English CAEL, and other tests as English language proficiency requirement.
If you are on a budget and want to get a degree from Europe, you should look into Croatia. The universities in Croatia are imparting education in the same manner as some of the other more famous universities of Europe. On the plus side, living and studying in Croatia comes with a lower price tag.
So, now you can fulfill your dream of studying in Europe without breaking your bank account. The degree programs offered by the Croatian universities are in the fields of medicine, engineering, business, arts, etc. and their degrees are recognized inside and outside of Croatia.
Top Universities of Croatia:
Studying in Croatia can be a hell of an experience as it offers cultural diversity with world-class education. Some of the best universities in Croatia are the Zagreb School of Economics and Management, the University of Dubrovnik, the University of Zagreb, the University of Rijeka, and the University of Split.
In this article, we have covered what you need to know about living and studying in Croatia along with some of the best Croatian scholarships that the country has to offer.
Language of Instruction in Croatian Universities:
Croatian higher education institutions teach in a number of languages like German, Croatian, English, Hungarian and Italian. Students should look carefully into the language requirements of the university that they are applying to. Students who wish to study in English have to prove their language proficiency through test scores of IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
IELTS Alternative Tests Accepted by Croatian Universities:
To apply for admission to an English-taught degree program at any Croatian University, applicants will be required to provide proof of English language proficiency. But that does not necessarily mean IELTS is required to apply for a scholarship/admission in Croatia. Candidates can provide any IELTS alternative test as well for proving their English language proficiency.
Living Expenses for Students in Croatia:
Living in Croatia is fairly cheaper than in many other European countries. Students will need about 400 to 700 EUR per month to pay for their living expenses. The type of accommodation, the neighborhood, the city that one chooses to live in, and one’s lifestyle are the factors that decide how much a person will need for living comfortably in any country.
Working and Studying simultaneously on Croatian Study VISA:
Students have to get approval from the Students Service Centre in order to work alongside studying in Croatia. They can get temporary or part-time work which usually pays 3.3 EUR per hour.
Funding Package Offered by Croatian Scholarships
The winners of any Croatian scholarship can expect the following listed funding benefits from their local universities during their studies in Croatia:
- Discounted or totally free of cost education in Croatia
- A residence facility may be provided by Croatian University
- Life/health insurance of student may be covered
- Disbursement of monthly/fixed living allowance (Stipend)
- Utilities, literature, and experimental work expense may be covered
- Free Croatian Study VISA and conditional airfare disbursement in a few cases
Scholarships Offered in Croatia in 2024:
Studying in Croatia is cheaper as compared to other European countries. The educational institutions offer many scholarships as well which you can apply to, to save even more money. Some of these European scholarships are listed below:
#1 Zagreb School of Management and Economics Scholarships:
If you want to study, business or management, your best bet in Croatia is the Zagreb School of Management and Economics. There are 28 scholarships reserved for bachelor’s students and 12 scholarships for MBA candidates. Students from, USA, South America, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia are eligible to apply.
Undergraduate awards are of two types, the first one offers, 2000 EUR per academic year and the second one offers 1,000 EUR per year. The graduate award is also divided into the same two categories. Students can get the scholarship for more than one year if they manage to keep a CGPA of 3.5 or more.
#2 Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Program:
This Erasmus Mundus scholarship program lets the recipients study in multiple European countries during the course of their degree program including Croatia. Students with an undergraduate degree can apply for this scholarship program. It is a fully-funded scholarship program and is pretty generous.
Erasmus Mundus provides support in terms of tuition, accommodation, health insurance, administrative charges, installation charges, living expenses, etc. Students from inside and outside of the EU and EEA can apply, though non-EU students are more benefited from this European scholarship.
#3 The Central European Exchange Program:
The Central European Exchange Program for University Studies or CEEPUS is a notorious exchange program in Central Europe. The program offers funding to both teachers and students to study and conduct research. The scholarship provides accommodation support, medical insurance, administrative expenses support, and a monthly stipend to help the recipients cover their living expenses. The amount of stipend varies from country to country.
Some of the countries associated with this scholarship program are Croatia, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Hungary, Australia, and Slovenia.
The period of the scholarship or exchange program is 3 to 10 months. During this time, the exchange students do not have to pay tuition fees.
#4 Research Scholarships in Croatia:
Ministry of Science, Education, and Sports of Croatia is offering research scholarships to deserving candidates. Under this scholarship program, students from selected countries will be able to conduct joint research, which means the research will be conducted partly in Croatia and partly in the recipients’ home countries. At this time, around 200 research projects are underway.
The fields in which most researches are being performed are technical science, natural science, medicine, and biotechnical science. The period of funding is up to two years. Students from countries like India, the USA, Hungary, Slovenia, France, Germany, and Austria are eligible to apply.
#5 Bilateral Programs’ Scholarships:
This Croatian Bilateral Scholarship Program offers educational support in the form of exchanging students and supporting research projects. It offers around 400 European Scholarships per annum. Students, teachers, professors, and researchers can apply for this European scholarship. There are many different categories of this scholarship. Some of these European scholarships are discussed below:
- One semester’s tuition funding will be provided to those students who are studying the Croatian language in some foreign country.
- Educational expense support to students studying in undergraduate and graduate programs in Croatia.
- Funding to doctoral students for up to three years (one year being the minimum period of the scholarship)
- Research support to post-doctoral candidates for up to 10 months.
- Support to students in the form of funding their research-related visits abroad. The visits can be up to ten months.
- Free summer programs for deserving students.