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(E) Why study medicine at the University of Zagreb Medical School?
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  06/14/2006 | Education | Unrated
(E) Why study medicine at the University of Zagreb Medical School?

Why study medicine at the University of Zagreb Medical School?

People choose to study medicine for a variety of reasons. Some of them have safe and rewarding medical doctors' careers in mind, while others plan to concentrate oÂn particularly interesting areas of medical research. Whatever the aspiration, however, they are all driven by the same goal: how to help those who are sick and in need of help. Many students find it very difficult to enroll at a prestigious medical school in their home country or in places such as the US or the UK. Moreover, oÂnly a few of them can afford to study at an expensive institution of higher education.

The quality of medical studies at the University of Zagreb Medical School has been attracting students from around the world for decades. Since the period between the two World Wars, when the first foreign students started their education at the Medical School, more than 700 have earned their medical degrees here, coming from and returning back to practice in all parts of the world: US, Canada, Australia, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Germany, Greece, the former Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Poland, Cyprus, India, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Sudan, Israel, Jordan, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Nigeria, and many more. This tradition in foreign students' medical education, as well as the global trend toward the internationalization of medicine, inspired us to start a new program entirely in English.

Apart from the benefits of a big, cosmopolitan, yet reasonably priced and very relaxed city, studying medicine in English at the University of Zagreb Medical School, with its numerous teaching, research and clinical facilities, and a completely restructured and up-to-date curriculum, will certainly prove to be a good investment in every student's education and future career opportunities.

Some of our advantages are
The development of a broad knowledge base through a unique mixture of traditional teaching and innovative approaches to medical education.

The early integration of basic sciences, clinical disciplines and the psycho-social aspects of medicine.

The integration of evidence-based medicine (EBM) skills into the curriculum. A long tradition and excellence in public health in Croatia provides a superb background for the teaching of evidence-based medicine.

The development of life-long learning skills. Students learn early oÂn that they are responsible for the acquisition and maintenance of their knowledge and skills.

An emphasis oÂn primary health care principles. The curriculum focuses oÂn general primary care as its basis, emphasizing prevention and general concepts of primary health care.

Opportunities for individual career development. The curriculum exposes students to multiple facets of medicine, allowing them to make career choices suited to them and the needs of the system in which they will work.

An international outlook and multi-cultural dimension. The internationalization of medical education is designed to highlight the international dimension of the University of Zagreb Medical School. It also creates an opportunity for its students to assess their professional competence and performance throughout the world.

The early integration of public health and health management courses (which at other medical schools are usually studied at the postgraduate level). There are also integrated modules and problem-based learning.

Studying at the University of Zagreb medical school in Croatia, may therefore be a reasonable alternative. Your studies will certainly be less expensive, but you will nevertheless receive top-quality teaching and training. These will give you a sound knowledge base to build upon while providing a unique opportunity for the development of your personal career choices. Finally, the pleasant atmosphere of a friendly and culturally diverse city will make your studies even more enjoyable.


The Admission procedure comprises:
1) Evaluation of secondary school grades (overall average over the continuum of all 4 years of the secondary school education comprising all the grades and the final exam, together with the specific evaluation of grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics).
2) Entrance exam in biology, chemistry and physics will take place oÂn July 15, 2006 at 9.00 am in "Nova Vijenica" hall, Medical School University of Zagreb, Åalata 3b. All applications must be submitted by September 8, 2006.
3) Candidates that have completed medical college and passed internationally recognized exams (MCAT), or those who have earned a BA/BSc degree in natural or health sciences with good credits in Biology, Physics, Chemistry (at least two of them) may be exempted from the entrance examination.
4) Applicants from the UK with A levels in Chemistry, Biology and Physics (one may be missing) and grades A, B may not have to sit for the exam.
5) Applicants from the US are strongly advised to take SAT II Subject Tests from the required subjects, in addition to their SAT I or ACT results oÂn the basis of which they may also be exempted from the written examination.
6) Candidates who are not native speakers of English, nor have graduated from an English-speaking secondary school or college are advised to take an internationally accepted English language proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS).
7) The Board of admission may consider late applications submitted in July or August, depending upon the quality of the current applicant pool and the number of vacancies available.
8) Tuition fee is 7,000 Euro per academic year, payable upon enrollment before the beginning of the academic year. If payed in two installments, before the beginning of each semester, the tuition fee is 2x3,600 Euro (7,000 Euro if payed at oÂnce).

Croatian citizens are also eligible to apply provided that their knowledge of English is proficient. They are strongly advised to take standardized English Tests for foreign learners (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge of Oxford Certificates, available at certain foreign languages schools in Croatia).


In Zagreb it is not difficult to rent a small, fully equipped flat for about 200 Euro/month.
For all the additional information contact our student office ( ).

Here are the addresses of some of the hostels :

Omladinski Hostel
Petrinjska 77, Zagreb 10000
tel: (01) 48 41 261
fax: (01) 48 41 269

Ravnice Youth Hostel
Ravnice I 38b, Ravnice, Zagreb
tram: 4, 7, 11, 12
tel/fax: (01) 233 23 25

Additional information can be found here

General Information:

Address: University Of Zagreb
Medical School

Salata 3
10000 Zagreb Croatia
Dean's office: (+385) 01 45 66 909
Fax: (+385) 01 45 66 724
Medical Studies
in English
(+385) 01 45 90 268
Central Medical Library (+385) 01 45 66 918

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