Studying in Zagreb – academic information
The University of Zagreb (1669) is the oldest and biggest university in South-Eastern Europe. As a comprehensive public Central European university, University of Zagreb offers education and research and in all scientific fields (arts, biomedicine, biotechnology, engineering, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences) and a broad spectrum of courses at all study levels, from undergraduate to postgraduate. With 29 Faculties, 3 Art Academies and the University Centre for Croatian Studies it is the flagship educational institution in the country, a place where more than 7900 teachers and 72480 students develop knowledge and acquire skills.
The University excels not only in teaching, but also in research, contributing with over 50 percent to the annual research output in Croatia and 80 percent of scientific productivity of all Croatian universities. The central strategic issue of the future development of the University of Zagreb is for it to be a research oriented institution with teaching of high quality. Accordingly, the focus will be on master and doctoral programs, encompassing all fields of science and art, boosting transdiciplinarity and interdisciplinarity as well as translational research, nurturing the culture of innovation and transfer of knowledge. This should result in better intersectorial harmonization on local and regional levels.
University of Zagreb is in the process of building a new Campus “Borongaj” which is the biggest investment in Croatian education in the last 150 years, and when it is built (finished) it will be used by more than 20 000 students. The Campus was officially opened on October 12th 2007 and for now it hosts 4 university units: Centre for Croatian Studies, Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Traffic Engineering and Faculty of Economics and Business (only vocational study programmes in economics and business). Five other faculties are also planning to relocate to the Campus in the next few years. Besides the (re)construction of university buildings, Campus will be a home to a sports centre, student residence hall and a number of institutes.
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”)
List of faculties(colleges) at the University of Zagreb
Faculty of Agriculture
Faculty of Architecture
Fra Andrije Kačića Miošića 26
Catholic Faculty of Theology
Faculty of Civil Engineering
Fra Andrije Kačića Miošića 26
Faculty of Economics and Business
Trg J.F. Kennedyja 6
Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences
Borongajska cesta 83f
10 000 Zagreb
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology
Faculty of Forestry
Faculty of Geodesy
Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering
Hallerova aleja 7
Faculty of Graphic Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Ivana Lučića 3
Faculty of Kinesiology
Horvaćanski zavoj 15
Faculty of Law
Trg maršala Tita 14
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture
Ivana Lučića 5
Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering
Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry
Ante Kovačića 1
Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jordanovac 110, P.O. BOX 169
Faculty of Political Science
Lepušićeva ul. 6
Faculty of Science
School of Dental Medicine
School of Medicine
Faculty of Teacher Education
Savska cesta 77
Faculty of Textile Technology
Prilaz baruna Filipovića 30
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine