3. Croatian Language Course
4. ESN Zadar
5. Student Residence Permit
6. Health Care
7. Students With Disabilities
After arriving, the exchange students must register at the International Relations Office where they will get the Exchange student’s record sheet, an X-card (if the exchange programme provides it) and an AAI account with a password for Internet access.
The exchange student’s record sheet contains the student’s personal information, a list of the courses that will be attended and, after passing the exams, grades.
The X-card is a student identity card issued by the Croatian Ministry of Education and Science (MZO – Ministarstvo znanosti i obrazovanja). By presenting this identification card the student can enjoy discount prices in student bars and restaurants. MZO provides X-cards for Erasmus+ KA103 and CEEPUS incoming students.
An AAI account is the account of the AAI@EduHr system which provides free wireless Internet access in the Student Dormitory and University facilities. If the student’s home country is connected to the pan-european roaming system Eduroam or eduGAIN, the student can use the identity account s/he got in her/his home university. Otherwise, the student will get an AAI account upon arrival at the University.
All the information about courses can be found here or by contacting the respective Erasmus+ coordinators at their Departments.
Croatian Language Course
Foreign students have the opportunity to attend a free Croatian language course during the semester (2 hours per week, 2 ECTS). The contact person for the information and registration for the course is Ms. Nataša Burčul (e-mail: email@example.com, phone: 385(0)23 200 633).
We strongly recommend that all incoming students use the mentor service Buddy System UNIZD organised by the student organisation ESN Zadar. The Buddy System UNIZD helps incoming students with their arrival and during their stay in Zadar. More information on the ESN Zadar and Buddy System UNIZD can be found here.
Student Residence Permit
According to the law regarding foreigners, foreign nationals intending to study in Croatia must regulate their temporary residence for the purpose of studying if their stay in Croatia is longer than 90 days. International students are not allowed to attend classes at the University of Zadar until they have procured a residence permit.
Visa requirements: Nationals of countries subject to the visa requirement also need to procure an entry visa for Croatia (Viza C). Information on countries subject to the visa requirement can be found on the web site of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. An application for a visa (Viza C) must be submitted to the diplomatic mission or consulate of the Republic of Croatia in the foreign national’s home country. The visa application can be submitted either in person or via e-mail. A list of missions and consulates is available on the web site of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
Where to submit residence permit application:
International students can submit the residence permit application in two ways:
- to the diplomatic mission or consulate of the Republic of Croatia in their home country or
- to the Central Police Station in Zadar (Address: Put Murvice 1, 23 000 Zadar) immediately upon their arrival in Croatia if they submit proof of taking part in an exchange programme approved by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports in Croatia (Erasmus+, Erasmus Mundus, CEEPUS, bilateral exchange, etc.) – recommended!
When to submit residence permit application: Students submitting an application to the diplomatic mission or consulate of the Republic of Croatia in their home country should do so prior to their scheduled arrival in Croatia. The usual procedure can take three months or longer (including time needed for all the necessary documents to be translated into Croatian). There is also a fast-track option for handling the application and students can request this at the diplomatic mission or consulate, in which case they pay a higher fee. Students submitting the application to the Central Police Station in Zadar should do so immediately upon entering Croatia.
Along with the application form for the residence permit, an international student must submit the following documents:
Application documents for EU nationals:
- Form 1b which you will get in the Police station
- Copy of the valid ID or passport (first page with the photography)
- Exact address of the apartment/flat in which you are staying
- Copy of the EHIC - European Health Insurance Card
- Confirmation of enrolment
- Proof of finances: a scholarship or proof of having access to finances in the amount of at least 1,000 Kuna per month during 12 months. The proof of receiving a scholarship is issued by the legal entity granting the scholarship and the proof of finances is issued by a bank in the form of a bank statement
Application documents for non EU nationals:
- Form 1a which you will get in the Police station
- Copy of passport (first page with photo)
- Confirmation of enrolment
- One photo (30 x 35 mm)
- Proof of private health insurance
- Exact address of the apartment/flat in which you are staying
- Proof of finances: a scholarship or proof of having access to finances in the amount of at least 1,000 Kuna per month during the mobility period
- 240 kn for the application fee
- 20 kn stamp duty: can be bought at all newsstands
Application fee: The application fee for the first temporary residence permit for the purpose of studying is 500 Kuna (around 70 EUR). International students receiving a grant from the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports and Erasmus+ students are exempted from this fee.
Duration of residence permit: The temporary residence permit is usually granted for the duration of one year or for the duration of the academic year. Temporary residence authorisation is entered into the passport in the form of an adhesive label.
For more information the student should visit the web page of the Croatian Ministry of the Interior.
During their stay in Croatia, all international students with temporary residence must have health insurance. Regulated health insurance is the prerequisite for being granted a temporary residence permit. Access to health care is provided to students from European Union countries during their temporary stay in Croatia through the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which is issued by their national health insurance providers. In the event of unforeseen illness, injury or accident, the EHIC enables access to health care that cannot be postponed until the holder’s planned return to the home country. The costs are covered by the national health care provider in the holder’s country of permanent residence, and the holder is obligated to cover only the participation fees in Croatia, if they are mandatory for Croatian insurance holders as well.
Countries with health care agreements with Croatia: Croatia regulates the issue of health care for foreign nationals during their stay in Croatia through agreements on social security signed with the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United Kingdom. Students from the aforementioned countries are recommended to contact their public health insurance provider before arriving in Croatia in order to obtain the document which enables them to receive health care in Croatia. The right to health care is realised as foreseen in the social security contract received by each student. Health care is provided to foreign nationals in the same way and under the same conditions as to Croatian insurance holders: within the network of physicians and health care institutions of the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance (HZZO - Hrvatski zavod za zdravstveno osiguranje). International students have to only cover the participation fees, if these are prescribed by Croatian laws.
Countries without health care agreements with Croatia: Students from countries which do not have social security agreements with Croatia (or if students are unable to obtain the document foreseen by the social security agreement) are obliged upon entry into Croatia to become insured with the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance (HZZO). In order to register with the HZZO, students should report to the HZZO’s appropriate branch office. Students need to present their student identification number, which is issued to each student at the central police station upon applying for temporary residence. The HZZO will then temporarily register the student and issue a certificate. This certificate must then be presented at the central police station before students can be granted temporary residence. Once temporary residence has been granted, the HZZO issues a document based on which the student attains the right to full health care within the network of physicians and health institutions of the HZZO. The health insurance cost is approximately 400 Kuna per month (around 55 EUR), for which the appropriate Tax Department of the Ministry of Finances sends money orders to the students’ registered places of residence in Croatia.
Visiting students funded by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports: The Ministry of Science, Education and Sports covers the health insurance expenses for all foreign nationals that are grant receivers of the Ministry, if so foreseen in the grant contract.
Erasmus+ students: Erasmus+ students staying temporarily in Croatia are exempted from paying the fee for compulsory health insurance in Croatia. They may use international health insurance from their home country or choose to be insured at the health insurance company of their choice.
How to access health care services in Zadar: General health care services can be accessed by selecting a primary health care physician, whereas health care on other levels (e.g. hospital, specialist examinations) can be accessed by a reference document (uputnica) issued by the selected physician.
The University of Zadar has now its own clinic centre but the student can choose any general physician. In very urgent cases the student can call the emergency service (phone: 194) or go directly to the emergency service clinic (Address: Ivana Mažuranića 28a, 23 000 Zadar).
Pharmacies are called Ljekarna and during the week they are open all day long from 8 AM till 20 PM, while on Sundays and holidays one of the pharmacies in the center of the city is open 24 hours (you can find out which one here).
For all additional information regarding health insurance, please contact the HZZO:
Croatian Institute for Health Insurance (HZZO):
Margaretska 3, 10 000 Zagreb
Phone: 385 1 4806 333
Fax: 385 1 4812 606
Web address: www.hzzo-net.hr
Office of the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance (HZZO) in Zadar:
Šimuna Kožičića-Benje 2, 23 000 Zadar
Phone: 385 23 208 900
Fax: 385 251 314
Students With Disabilities
Although the University of Zadar has infrastructure to host students and staff with disabilities (accommodation, classroom access, etc.), depending on the nature of the disability, we strongly advise to provide as much information ahead of time as possible in order to inform the student/staff of the feasibility of the mobility. More information can be found here. If you have any questions or problems please contact the International Relations Office!