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Factsheet for measure HR-2022-16/2191 – measures in Croatia

Access to higher education for Ukrainian students and to employment for teachers and scientists

Sveučilišta u Hrvatskoj omogućavaju besplatan studij studentima i pomaže profesorima i znanstvenicima iz Ukrajine

Country Croatia , applies locally

    • – HR0 HRVATSKA
Time period Open ended, started on 15 April 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Access to childcare and education
Author Predrag Bejalovic (IJF) and Eurofound
Measure added 21 April 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)

Background information

Due to the war in Ukraine and the large number of refugee students who have arrived or will arrive in the Republic of Croatia in recent days, the 7 Universities and many technical schools in Croatia provide free access to higher education to students from Ukraine. Croatian language courses for Ukrainian students are also necessary.

Content of measure

The Universities in Croatia in coordination with the Ministry of Science and Education enable the free of charge study to students from Ukraine. They should send their applications to various Universities in Croatia with the necessary information (name and surname, institution they come from, program, direction and year of study), so that University services can support them. All costs of study, accommodation and meals are covered for them by responsible Universities.

The "Center for Croatian as a Second and Foreign Language" at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb as well as some other similar centers around Croatia organize Croatian language courses for Ukrainian students with temporary protection of the Republic of Croatia who are currently studying at the Universities in Croatia. These courses are also free of charge and open to students who do not have prior knowledge of the Croatian language.

Furthermore, tertiary education institutions and scientific institutions welcome professors and scientists from Ukraine.

In order to facilitate access to higher education for students, teachers and scientists refugees from Ukraine to Croatia, the Agency for Science and Higher Education, in cooperation with Croatian higher education institutions, prepared an overview of available information on enrollment conditions and continuing studies for Ukrainian students as well as information on employment opportunities and cooperation with Ukrainian higher education scientists, teachers and researchers.

Use of measure

Until now around 50 Ukrainian students decided to study in various public Universities in Croatia.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


Due to the nature of the measure, social partners were not involved.

Views and reactions

Social partners in Croatia fully support any type of aid to refugees from Ukraine.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      P - Education P85 Education

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 14 April 2022: Information for students, professors and scientists from Ukraine (Informacije za studente, nastavnike i znanstvenike iz Ukrajine (
  • 15 April 2022: Sveučilište u Zagrebu izrazilo potporu Ukrajini (University of Zagreb expresses support for Ukraine) (
  • 22 April 2022: Potpora studentima, znanstvenicima i nastavnicima iz Ukrajine (Support to students, scientists and professors from Ukraine) (


Eurofound (2022), Access to higher education for Ukrainian students and to employment for teachers and scientists, measure HR-2022-16/2191 (measures in Croatia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

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