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Studying in Croatia – academic information


University undergraduate programmes – first cycle (preddiplomski sveučilišni studij) normally take three years in which students are required to earn 180 ECTS credits. A minority of undergraduate university programmes in Croatia are offered as four-year programmes in which students are required to earn 240 ECTS credits. Upon completion students are awarded a diploma (svjedodžba) and the academic degree of University Bachelor (sveučilišni prvostupnik) with an indication of the field of study. Students graduating in technical sciences receive the academic degree of University Bachelor in Engineering (sveučilišni prvostupnik inženjer) with an indication of the field of study. Students holding a first cycle university degree can apply for admission to university graduate programmes or vocational specialist graduate programmes, or enter the workforce.

University graduate programmes – second cycle (diplomski sveučilišni studij) normally take two years in which students are required to earn 120 ECTS credits. A minority of graduate programmes in Croatia are offered as one-year programmes in which students are required to earn 60 ECTS credits. The total number of credits earned in the first and second cycle programmes must be at least 300. Upon completion students are awarded a diploma and the academic degree of Master of (magistar struke) with an indication of the field of study. Students graduating in technical sciences receive the academic degree of Master in Engineering (magistar inženjer) with an indication of the field of study. Students holding a second cycle university degree can continue their studies in university postgraduate programmes or enter the workforce.

Integrated undergraduate and graduate university programmes – first and second cycles (integrirani preddiplomski i diplomski sveučilišni studij) normally take five or six years in which students are required to earn 300 or 360 ECTS credits respectively. Upon completion students are awarded a diploma and the academic degree of Master of (magistar struke) with an indication of the field of study. Upon completion of integrated first and second cycle programmes in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine students receive the academic degree of Doctor (doktor struke) with an indication of the field of study (e.g. Doctor of Medicine, etc.) Students with this degree can continue their studies in university postgraduate programmes or enter the workforce.

University postgraduate programmes – third cycle (poslijediplomski sveučilišni studij) normally take three years. Upon completion students are awarded a diploma and the academic degree of Doctor of Philosophy (or Doctor scientarum), or Doctor of Fine Art (doktor znanosti or doktor umjetnosti), with an indication of the academic field or art form.

University specialist postgraduate programmes (poslijediplomski sveučilišni specijalistički studij) normally take one to two years. Upon completion students receive a diploma and the academic degree of University Specialist (sveučilišni specijalist) with an indication of the field of study.

STUDENT PROGRESS ASSESSMENT


ECTS – European Credit Transfer System 1 ECTS credit is equivalent of approx. 30 working hours. Credits are awarded only when the course has been completed and all required examinations have been successfully taken. 60 ECTS credits represent the workload of a year study, 30 ECTS credits a semester.

Student Transcript Book – “Indeks”

Upon enrolment students get their own student transcript book – in Croatian “indeks”. It contains basic information on courses taken, grades awarded and ECTS achieved. It is useful to carry it during the last four weeks of the semester when professors with their signature certify attendance at the courses. When the student passes the exam the professor will write down the grade and ECTS the student got and will sign it as well one more time.

Croatian Grading System


The Croatian national grading scale consists of five grades with numerical equivalents:

5 = excellent – izvrstan (highest grade)

4 = very good – vrlo dobar (very good)

3 = good – dobar (good)

2 = sufficient – dovoljan (minimun pass grade)

1 = fail – nedovoljan (is not written in “indeks”)