The University school of Croatian language and culture

June 30 - July 27, 2018, Zagreb

 Croatian Heritage Foundation and University of Zagreb
Venues: Zagreb

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The University School of Croatian Language and Culture is intended for young people of Croatian origin and any other participants who want to learn about Croatia, acquire or expand their knowledge of it and learn or improve Croatian as a foreign language (J2). It consists of academic language instruction organized by the University of Zagreb and a culture programme organised by the Croatian Heritage Foundation.

The University School may be attended by teachers of Croatian as a foreign language who wish to improve in the area of mastering a foreign language by participating in classes and attending classes designed specifically for them.


The University of Zagreb – the University of Zagreb is the oldest university in Croatia and one of the oldest in Europe. Its history begins on 23 September 1669, when the Roman Emperor and Hungarian-Croatian King Leopold I granted the then Jesuit Academy in the free royal city of Zagreb the status and privileges of a university institution. Today the University of Zagreb has 29 faculties, three art academies and a University Centre for Croatian Studies. 

The Croatian Heritage Foundation – the Croatian Heritage Foundation (CHF) was established in 1951 as the central national institution whose mission is to preserve the identity, language and culture of Croatians abroad through special cultural, educational, publishing, news, sports, humanitarian and other programmes.




The academic programme includes 120 hours of school instruction: 105 hours of compulsory instruction and field classes and 15 hours of additional instruction (each school hour lasts 45 minutes). 

                                                                        5-6 hours a day (Monday to Friday)
                                                              25-30 hours a week (including additional instruction)
                                                                  120 hours (including examinations) over 4 weeks



1.1. Language instruction

Compulsory instruction - Students have five hours of compulsory language instruction each day, five days a week – Monday to Friday. Language instruction consists of specific grammar classes and proofreading classes in which one learns and practices grammar, expands their vocabulary, develops communication skills; and classes that are focused on specific language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. 
Additional instruction - After the fifth classroom hour there are additional classes (1 hour each day). The content of this class is adapted to the needs and interests of the participants (targeted practice of select areas of the Croatian language): students can opt for these classes based on their own wishes and the teacher's recommendation. 
Outdoor instruction is an integral part the instruction with field trips organised to the Hrvatsko Zagorje region and Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Student obligations - Participants are expected to fulfill all classroom tasks (regular attendance, homework, completing project tasks) and to procure books and textbooks based on teacher recommendations.

1.2. Croatian language proficiency levels

At the University School of Croatian Language and Culture Croatian language proficiency is divided into three levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Each level is divided into three stages (beginner P1, P2, P3, intermediate: S1, S2, S3, advanced: N1, N2, N3), and there are sublevels, which provide for differentiation based on the types of language proficiency (P1.a, P1.b). The advantage of this branching level system is the visibility of progress in mastering the Croatian language, and the ability to connect to a common system (including the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, 2001). Students are advised to use the European Language Portfolio (with levels A1-C2). Instruction is adapted to knowledge and the interests of participants and real beginners are taught in a different manner than students with linguistic interests (such as students of Slavic languages).
Since classes are held in small groups (maximum of 12 students per group), the total number of groups depends on the total number of participants and their prior knowledge.

Important: The number of groups does not mean that there are as many different instructional levels, because depending on the number of participants and their knowledge instruction may be organised in a number of instruction groups of the same level of knowledge.

Group divisions - After submitting an application and paying the tuition for the University School students will receive an e-mail questionnaire, a short Croatian language classification test and an essay topic. Completed questionnaires and tests should be returned no later than  14 June 2018. Complete beginners should write in English that they do not speak Croatian.
Each student's level will be determined on the basis of the classification test, the short essay and an interview with a teacher. The interview will be held during the first meeting on Saturday, 30 June 2018 in the afternoon.



The Croatian culture and history programme is an integral part of the School organised by the Croatian Heritage Foundation.


The programme includes:

Lectures - There will be several academic and field lectures on Croatian culture and other elements of the Croatian identity, history in particular.
Expert guided visits and tours – The following are organised under expert guidance: sightseeing in the Zagreb city core, visits to various museums, galleries, art exhibitions, cultural and scientific institutions, and visits to theatre plays and concerts.
Study trips - Trips to the Croatian Zagorje region and Plitvice Lakes National Park are undertaken with expert guidance. Outdoor instruction for all participants is organised in the frame of field trips.


Weekly language quizzes - Every week participants take written Croatian language quizzes allowing teachers to monitor their progress. Weekly quizzes also serve to get participants used to taking tests and to make the final exam less stressful.
Croatian culture exam – Participants who wish to have the Croatia Culture subject listed on the University of Zagreb certificate will take the relevant Croatian Culture examination on Thursday, 19 July.
Final Exam - At the end of the academic program there is a final examination on the Croatian language. The final exam consists of two parts: written and oral.
Written Exam – The written exam consists of communication questions, grammar questions and an essay on a given topic. The written exam will be held on Thursday, 26 July.
Oral Exam - Speaking and listening proficiency will be tested on Friday, 27 July 2018, and the oral part includes a prepared speech and discussion with a panel of examiners.



Upon completing the School participants will receive various documents. They are all bilingual, in Croatian and English. The presentation ceremony will be held on the evening of Friday, 27 July 2018
University School Diploma - Students who pass the tests and examinations will receive a diploma from the University School of Croatian Language and Culture, signed by the Rector and the Head of the School.
Certificate with a transcript of grades - The certificates cite the grades received in the subject Croatian Language for each individual area of study: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The number of instruction hours completed is also cited.
Certificated issued to participants who have passed the Croatian Culture examination state that they attended 30 hours of Croatian Culture instruction, where they can, but need not have the grade that they received cited.
Confirmation of achieved ECTS credits - Participants who pass both parts of the Croatian Language exam receive confirmation of 8 ECTS credits if they require this confirmation for further study. Participants receive 1 ECTS credit if they pass the Croatian Culture exam.
Certificate of Attendance - Participants who do not pass both parts of the Croatian Language exam will only receive a certificate of attendance.



Those wishing to attend need to fill out an application form and submit it to the Croatian Heritage Foundation at the latest by 25 May 2018 (address: Hrvatska matica iseljenika, Trg S. Radića 3, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia, fax. ++ 385 1 61 11 522, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Important: The application is binding only upon receipt by the Croatian Heritage Foundation of payment of 250 euro for the Culture Programme, at the latest by 25 May 2018



As the University School is organised by two distinct and separate institutions: the University of Zagreb and the Croatian Heritage Foundation, the individual payments must be made separately. 

Croatian Heritage Foundation (CHF) – Culture Programme: 250 € 

Included: registration, reception at the Croatian Heritage Foundation, tourist materials on Zagreb and Croatia, academic and field lectures on Croatian culture and history, expert guided visits to various museums, galleries, art exhibitions, culture and science institutions, theatre performances and concerts, study trips to the Hrvatsko Zagorje region (lunch) and Plitvice Lakes National Park (lunch cost borne by the participants), a gala dinner.

6.2. University of Zagreb (U of Zagreb) – Academic tuition: 720 €

Included: classification examination (written before the beginning of classes, oral part on day one), mandatory textbooks tutorials for classes (grammar and lexical material), mandatory language instruction (classroom and field), opening at the Rectorate of the University of Zagreb, additional language classes, weekly and final exams, diplomas and certificates, diploma presentation ceremony.

6.3. Payment of tuition

Tuition for the Culture Programme (250 ) and Academic Programme (720 ) must be made at the latest by 1 June 2018

Tuition for the Culture Programme - When we receive the application, the participant will receive a bill from the Croatian Heritage Foundation for payment of the tuition for the Culture Programme. The participant is officially registered at the School when the Croatian Heritage Foundation receives payment of the full amount of the tuition for the Culture Programme of 250 €. Participants shall pay all related bank fees.

Academic tuition – Send the academic tuition (720 €) through a bank to the following address (please note that participants shall pay all related bank fees). Your payment should include the following information:

Account holder: University of Zagreb, Trg Republike Hrvatske 14, 10000 Zagreb
IBAN of the recipient: HR9823400091100010475 (for domestic payments in Croatian currency kunas)
IBAN of the recipient: HR3423400091510297183 (for foreign payments in euro)
Reference number: 191
Purpose of payment: University School of Croatian language
User: applicant's name, surname, address and VAT number (ID No., Passport No.)


Important: In the event that the School is included in the compulsory VAT system participants shall be required to pay the additional Value Added Tax.



Accommodation can be reserved at the student dormitory in double rooms. Each double room shares a washroom with another double room, i.e. four people share one washroom.

The exact conditions of summer accommodation and the price of a bed per person in a double room will be known in April of 2018. The student dormitory is operated by the University of Zagreb's Student Centre (Studentski centar, SC), an independent organisation whose management sets deadlines and prices for accommodation (independently of the School). The School organisers can only assist students seeking accommodation at the dormitory in making a reservation.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are not included in the price of student dormitory accommodation.

Please note! The total cost of accommodation at the student dormitory must be paid immediately upon arrival at the dormitory, payable in cash in Croatian kuna (HRK).

Other accommodation – Along with hotels, Zagreb also offers hostels and private accommodation.

Attendees are required to organise their own accommodation in these facilities (see the web site and others).


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are not included in the cost of accommodation.

Meals can be obtained at the student cafeteria in the student complex that includes the dormitory, but the cafeteria is in operation only through to the 15th of July before closing for the summer break. There are other offers available near the dormitory.

There are a number of options for obtaining meals in the centre of town, where classes will be held (see the web site and others).



Age – The School admits persons above the age of 17.
Cancellation of the programme – If less than 20 students apply, the organizers reserve the right to cancel the programme; payments made are refunded in full.
Tuition refund - Tuition is partially refunded if a student cancels participation in the School at the latest by 1 June 2018



25 May 2018 - Deadline for application submission
  1 June 2018 - Deadline for tuition payment

14 June 2018
 - Deadline for placement test submission
30 June 2018 - First meeting, interview with teachers and heads of programme at the Croatian Heritage Foundation 
  2 July 2018 - School opening ceremony at the Rectorate of the University of Zagreb

19 July 2018
- Croatian Culture exam 
26 July 2018 - Final written exam (Croatian language)
27 July 2018 - Final oral exam (Croatian language) and presentation of diplomas


For all other information and application forms please contact us at:


Department of Education, Science and Sports
Lada Kanajet Šimić, prof., Head of Department
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Trg Stjepana Radića 3, HR-10000 Zagreb, CROATIA
tel: (+385 1) 61 15 116 fax: (+385 1) 61 11 522


Sveučilišna škola hrvatskoga jezika i kulture
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Trg Republike Hrvatske 14, HR-10000 Zagreb, CROATIA
tel: (+385 1) 469 81 03 fax: (+385 1) 483 06 02 ili (+385 1) 469 81 32 


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