There are two types of institutions of higher education functioning in Croatia. Polytechnic schools provide higher education in vocational training while universities impart the highest level of education. The highest education is composed of Bachelors degree completed in 3 years, Masters completed in two, and Doctorate in three years. Classes completed in Croatia have comparable value in all of Europe, making transfer to other countries easy.
Croatia became signatory to the Bologna declaration in 2001 thus, assuring educational quality and maintaining standards. It also makes it easy for European students to transfer between countries. The Bologna system also integrates certain facets of the American higher education system which allows for easier comparison of credits.
Studying in Croatia offers many benefits and has become rather popular over the last few years. Croatia has approximately 120 institutions scattered throughout the country. Zagreb is the oldest and largest university with an enrolment of more than 50,000/- students. Croatian universities offer a wide range of subjects not only for the local population but English speakers as well. The added benefit of studying in Croatia is that one can easily travel and see other nearby European locations like Austria, Italy, or Hungary.
Entry requirements are the same whether one wishes to attend a polytechnic or a university. Both require twelve years of schooling that is equivalent to the local general diploma. All documents required by institutes have to be translated into English. Foreign students have to take a two-semester, Croatian language test and sit the final.