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Study the Croatian language in Croatia this summer
By Mladen Lolic | Published  04/18/2008 | Education | Unrated
The University School of Croatian Language and Culture
Zagreb, June 28 – July 25, 2008

THE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF CROATIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE


Organiser: Croatian Heritage Foundation & The University of Zagreb

Location: Zagreb

Photo Gallery The University School 2005
Photo Gallery The University School 2006

UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB
The University of Zagreb is the oldest university in Croatia. It is one of Europe`s most outstanding universities, well known for its academic expertise and tradition. It was established on September 23, 1669 by Leopold I, the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, who declared that the status of University, with all accompanying privileges, be granted to the Jesuit Academy in  the free and royal city of Zagreb. Today the University of Zagreb includes 29 faculties, three art academies and the University Centre for Croatian Studies.

The University School of Croatian Language and Culture is offered to persons of Croatian background, as well as to any students who want to learn (more) about the Croatian language and culture. In addition to the academic program, students visit museums, galleries, theater productions, concerts, see the sights of Zagreb, they meet famous artists and public personalities, take study trips, etc. The cultural program is organised by the Croatian Heritage Foundation and it is relevant to lessons and classwork.

ACADEMIC PROGRAM

The academic program comprises of 110 hours. This includes 95 hours of obligatory classes and 15 hours of facultative classes (each session lasts 45 min.). Classes are scheduled Mondays to Fridays, five hours per day. Language classes include grammar lessons and language excercises, i.e. Croatian grammar is learned and practised, vocabulary expanded, communicative skills developed and all other language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) improved.

Additional classes (1-2 hours) may be organised in the afternoon. The classes are adjusted to the needs and interests of the participants who choose them according to their teachers' suggestions.

The program is held in the centre of Zagreb, not far from the main city square.
 
5 academic hours a day/each session 45 min.
25 academic hours a week (M-F) /4 weeks
110 academic hours/exams included
- additional lectures possible

Please be aware that our School's study trips to Croatian Hinterland and the National Park Plitvice Lakes also include Croatian language and culture teaching and learning. As such they make a part of the regular teaching units.

Levels
The Croatian course is offered at three levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced). Each level contains three sublevels (i.e. intermediate 1, 2 and 3, advanced 1, 2 and 3),  except for the beginners level which consists of four sublevels (beginners 1a, 1b, 2 and 3). Since classes are held in small groups (maximum of 12 students per group), the number of the groups depends of the total number of students and their knowledge of Croatian.
Note: Depending on the number of participants and their knowledge, it is possible to organise classes in more groups of the same sublevel. Hence, the number of groups does not necessarily have to be equal to the number of levels.
 
Classification of students
When the application is processed and the deposit paid, participants receive a questionaire and a short Croatian test via e-mail. Filled-out questionaires and tests should be returned no later than May 20, 2008.

Depending on the test results, a short essay and an interview with the teachers, the appropriate level for each student is determined. Students write an essay and have the interview at their first meeting, on Saturday, June 28, 2008.
 
Students' obligations
Students are expected to fulfill all classroom tasks (regular attendance, writing homework, working on project tasks) and get books and manuals according to their teachers’ recommendations.

The final exam consists of two parts - written and oral. The written part is scheduled for Thursday, July 24, 2008, and the oral one for Friday, July 25, 2008. Students who pass the exam receive a diploma from the University School of Croatian Language and Culture. They also receive a grade report based on achievement. Students who do not pass all exams are not eligible to receive the diploma. However, as  other students, they receive a certificate of attendance.

Diploma will be delivered in a ceremonial event scheduled for the evening on Friday, July 25, 2008.

CULTURAL PROGRAM  
All academic lectures and study visits on Croatian culture & history make a part of the program organised by the Croatian Heritage Foundation.

  1. Croatian Culture & History in the European & Global Context
  2. Guided study visits to museums, art galleries, cultural institutions, concerts, theatre & theatre performances and meetings with outstanding Croatian artists
  3. Study trips to Croatian Hinterland and Plitvice Lakes (both cover teaching & learning of Croatian language and culture - obligatory for all students)        
Participants who want to receive a grade on Croatian culture, sit for the exam. Successful students have their grades included in the certificate of the University of Zagreb.

EXPENSES & ACCOMODATION

1. Academic Fees:   720 €
 
2. HMI/CHF Culture Program:  250 €

Included: registration, orientation, study trips to HRVATSKO ZAGORJE (lunches included) & PLITVICE LAKES (lunches not included), tickets & academic guidance (museums, galleries, theatre performances, concerts, ethno-show), academic lectures/field trips/Croatian Culture and History in European and Global Context, introduction to various cultural and scientific institutions, farewell dinner

3. Accommodation at the student campus “Cvjetno naselje”

Rooms with 2 single beds – 4 € per day per person
 
Every room includes a bathroom which is shared with another room, that is, every bathroom is for 4 people. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is available in the student cafeteria within the student campus. The student campus “Cvjetno naselje” is also where lectures/classes will be held. The student campus is seven tram stops from the center of town (The main square).
 
Attention: The total cost of your stay at the campus should be covered in cash upon arrival. Payment should be made in Croatian currency (kuna) according to the exchange rate valid on the day that the payment is due. It is to be handed to the responsible campus dept.

REGISTRATION
 
1. All applications should be received by the Croatian Heritage Foundation no later than May 20, 2008, along with a 250 deposit (bank-cheque) which will be partially refunded in case of cancellation before June 13, 2008. The cheque, covering registration and the cultural study program, is to be addressed to:

Hrvatska matica iseljenika/Croatian Heritage Foundation, Trg S. Radića 3, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia, Fax: ++ 385 1 61 11 522, E-mail: lada@matis.hr
 
If it is more convenient, you can  send your deposit via bank.  In that case, please forward it to the following bank:

Privredna banka Zagreb
Račkoga 6 (za Hrvatsku maticu iseljenika)
10000 Zagreb
Croatia
bank-account number HMI/CHF:
702000-VAL-9100000-132344-273
SWIFT CODE: PBZGHR2X
IBAN: HR06 2340 0091 5102 9671 7

2. Academic Fees (720 €) should be covered by cheque addressed to the University of Zagreb and sent directly to the University of Zagreb, Trg m. Tita 14, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia. This bank-cheque is to be received by the University of Zagreb no later than two weeks before your coming to Zagreb. If it is more convenient, you can send it via bank. In that case, your payment should be forwarded to the following bank:
 
Privredna banka Zagreb
Račkoga 6 (za Rektorat Sveučilišta u Zagrebu)
10000 Zagreb
Croatia

University of Zagreb/bank account number:
91 000 00 702000-val-70000885
SWIFT CODE: PBZGHR2X
IBAN: HR34 2340 0091 5102 9718 3

3. Accommodation at the student campus “Cvjetno naselje”
Attention: Payment in full is to be paid immediately upon arrival at the student campus in cash in Croatian currency (kuna) using the exchange rate valid on the day of payment.

Attention: Students 17 years age and older can apply. If less than 20 students register, organisers reserve the right to cancellation of the program in which case the total payment  is refunded.


Important dates
 
All applications & deposits are to be received by the CHF (HMI) no later than May 20, 2008
Questionnaires and tests are to be received by the University of Zagreb no later than May 20, 2008
Other important dates:
First meeting of all participants & officers in charge (orientation & testing of students) - June 28, 2008
Official opening of the school at University of Zagreb - June 30, 2008
Croatian Culture & History exam –
Written exam (Croatian language) - July 24, 2008
Oral exam (Croatian language) + distribution of diplomas - July 25, 2008
 
For further information, please contact:

HRVATSKA MATICA ISELJENIKA
CROATIAN HERITAGE FOUNDATION

Dept. of Education, Science and Sport
E-mail: lada@matis.hr

Trg S. Radića 3
10000 Zagreb
CROATIA
tel.:  (+385 1) 611-5116
fax.: (+385 1) 611-1522
www.matis.hr

or

THE UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB

The University School of Croatian Language and Culture
E-mail: croatianlang@unizg.hr

Trg maršala Tita 14
10000 Zagreb
CROATIA
tel:  (+385 1) 469 81 03
fax: (+385 1) 483 06 02 ili (+385 1) 469 81 32
www.unizg.hr

Comments
  • Comment #1 (Posted by A.Mashang Emmanuel)

    Dear Sir,
    Thanks for organising such an important summer course for potential young university studens.I am the proprietor of a language center in my country Cameroon, where student take on languages in preparation for their university education.I therefor dont know if it can be possible for you to accept students from my center for this program.
    Waitng to hear from you soonest.
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by Caroline)

    Thank you for the email regarding learning Croatian in Zagreb.
    Judy has been learning the language already. She had ordered some books and tapes which cost her about 150.00.
    Judy is a fast learner. I do not know if she will have time to go to this school in Zagreb this year. But it is good to know about the school.
    Thank you for your concern and help. It would not be a bad idea for me to go to this school also some time in the future, since I never really learned the Croatian language to Croatian standards. I did not grow up in Croatia or go to school there. I never really learned the proper grammar either.


     
  • Comment #3 (Posted by Caroline)

    Thank you for the email regarding learning Croatian in Zagreb.
    Judy has been learning the language already. She had ordered some books and tapes which cost her about 150.00.
    Judy is a fast learner. I do not know if she will have time to go to this school in Zagreb this year. But it is good to know about the school.
    Thank you for your concern and help. It would not be a bad idea for me to go to this school also some time in the future, since I never really learned the Croatian language to Croatian standards. I did not grow up in Croatia or go to school there. I never really learned the proper grammar either.


     
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