Croatia, officially Republic of Croatia is a country located at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe. Its coast lies entirely on the Adriatic Sea. It borders Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the northeast, Serbia to the east, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro to the southeast, and shares a maritime border with Italy to the west.

Member of the Schengen area and European Union, Croatia is considered to be one of the safest countries in the world according to Global Peace Index 2023 produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) ranking 14th out of 163 included/observed countries. A recent Numbeo survey places Croatia as the safest country in Europe (followed by its neighbour Slovenia and Island) for how safe one feels walking alone in the streets at night.

Best known for its beautiful Adriatic Sea coastline, sunny islands and world-renowned athletes, Croatia is a land of innovators like Nikola Tesla, Ruđer Bošković and home to inventions which transformed human existence, several of which are used in everyday life, such as: alternating electrical current, electrical transformers, power lines, parachute, ball-point pen (Penkala pen), tie. Croatian landscape is recognized by Hollywood as well: Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Mama Mia, Captain America and many other cinematic marvels were shot in Croatia.

As a study destination, Croatia follows the Bologna Process and offers students bachelor, master and doctorate opportunities across the country. The long educational tradition derives from public universities offering university studies focusing on the academics and science, while the private university sector as Algebra mostly offers professional studies which equip students with applicable knowledge and skills sought after the relevant industry labour market.

Remember: there is always something to do, explore and enjoy in Croatia!

Quick facts:

  • Population (2021): 3,888,529
  • EU member state since 07/2013
  • NATO member state since 04/2009
  • Schengen member state from 01/2023
  • Official language: Croatian
  • Time zone: UTC+1/CET/GMT+1 (winter); UTC+1/CET/GMT+2 (summer)
  • Currency: euro (EUR)