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Study the Croatian language in Croatia this summer
By Mladen Lolic
Published on 04/18/2008
Zagreb University (left) is host to one of two programs to study the Croatian language this summer. Sponsored by the Croatian Heritage Foundation, these summer courses allow people born outside of Croatia to learn Croatian language and culture in two intensive courses.

The University School of Croatian Language and Culture
Zagreb, June 28 – July 25, 2008


Organiser: Croatian Heritage Foundation & The University of Zagreb

Location: Zagreb

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

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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:
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
bank-account number HMI/CHF:
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

University of Zagreb/bank account number:
91 000 00 702000-val-70000885
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:


Dept. of Education, Science and Sport

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



The University School of Croatian Language and Culture

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

Little Summer School of Croatian Language and Culture
Novi Vinodolski, July 21 - August 1, 2008


Organiser: Croatian Heritage Foundation

Location: Novi Vinodolski

Sponzors: Grad Zagreb, Zagrebačka županija     

Photo Gallery The Little Summer School 2005
Photo Gallery The Little Summer School 2006
Photo Gallery The Little Summer School 2007

Spend a happy holiday with us in Novi Vinodolski

Dear friends!
Did you know that the Croatians invented the necktie?
Do you know any Croatian songs?
Do you know how to make a traditional Christmas decoration or an Easter egg?
Do you know what a "Spomenak" is?

In the company of children your age and our cheerful trained teachers you will learn or improve your knowledge of Croatian language in our interesting daily workshops. And that's just the beginning! Together we'll embark on a journey through ancient Croatian history, talk to its heroes, stroll through magnificent landscapes nature blessed us with, meet interesting people, learn about the cultural legacy Croatian people have built and guarded for centuries. In our Little School we will try the land and the sea with various sporting and other competitions, and in the evenings we'll have fun dancing, singing and playing games. All this and many, many more happy moments in a safe, healthy and carefree environment supervised by experienced and reliable teachers.

The program is intended for children and teenagers of Croatian descent from around the world as well as for children of other nationalities-the present or future friends of Croatia.

This year's program is created for children aged from 9 - 14 years.

Red Cross Children's Resort in Novi Vinodolski
  • Novi Vinodolski is a coastal summer vacation spot rich with cultural history.
  • Surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, the resort building stair-steps toward the sea with its terraces, and its well-maintained beaches are just a stroll away.
  • All rooms have a sea view, and two (six-bed) rooms have a joint terrace and bathroom.
  • The resort has convenient classrooms, a recreation room with TV and VCR, a piano, library, reading room, spacious terraces and gardens.

  • Croatian language workshop (three levels, we will place participants according to their current language knowledge: beginners, intermediate, advanced)
  • Croatian cultural & natural heritage workshop
  • drama workshop
  • puppet workshop
  • journalist workshop
  • film corner    

Schedule of daily activities

7:30 wakeeee up time!!!
8:00 breakfast
9:00-10:30 morning activities
11:00 Swiming
13:00 lunch
13:30-14:30 siesta (free time)
14:30-16:00 afternoon activities
16:00 snack time
16:15-19:00 sunbathing,sporting competitions
19:00-19:30 dinner
20:00 film corner
20:30-22:30 entertainment-dancing,games…
22:30-23:00 getting ready to sleep
23:00 bedtime

Words alone cannot express the beauty and variety of what we have to offer.

So-come! We are certain that not only will you have a great time, but also make many new friends, future pen-pals from around the world. The gift of friendship is waiting for you.
And our gift to you will be the word and the image of our beautiful homeland.

  • 11 days in Children's Resort (four daily meals)
  • Expert staff
  • Educational, sporting and recreational activities
  • Learning material
  • Accident insurance for children (valid during transit and stay)
  • Round-trip transportation Zagreb-Novi Vinodolski-Zagreb

The price: 300 €

Parents/guardians can pay:

a) with a check mailed to the following address:

Croatian Heritage Foundation
(for the Little Summer School)
Trg Stjepana Radića 3
10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
tel.  +3851 61 15 116
fax. +3851 61 11 522


b) via bank payment
to the address:

Privredna banka Zagreb
za Hrvatsku maticu iseljenika (Mala škola)
Račkoga 6
10 000 Zagreb, Hrvatska
account number: 702000-val-9100000-132344-273
IBAN: HR06 2340 0091 5102 9671 7

Please send your applications with a 100 € deposit before June 18, 2008; and the rest of the payment no later than two weeks before beginning of the School.

NOTICE: If we have fewer than 25 applicants,the organizers reserve the right to cancel the program and refund the entire payment.
Departure from Zagreb for Novi Vinodolski - July 21, 2008 - afternoon
Return to Zagreb – August 1, 2008 - morning
The place and exact time of departure and return will be announced shortly before the School's beginning.

Healthcare and children insurance

  • All children must pass a medical examination before arriving in Croatia (doctor's certificate required).
  • All children must have proof of medical insurance for their stay abroad (in Croatia).
  • Parents are kindly asked to send the necessary medical documentation for children with a history of health problems.
  • Professional medical services available in Novi Vinodolski.
  • During the transit and stay participants have insurance.
  • The School and camp's staff will be looking after the children.

Information for organized groups

TIME AND PLACE OF ARRIVAL - will be arranged by the Croatian Heritage Foundation and organizers from other countries. Arrival in Zagreb is possible a day earlier. In that case the participants must pay for their accomodation in Zagreb.
GUIDES - we recommend a young, experienced and responsible person who have experience working with children and who are capable of executing part of the planned program.
RESERVATIONS - for the group's arrival and departure from Zagreb must be planned in time. The Croatian Heritage Foundation expect you to confirm the group's arrival (the number of girls, boys and guides) by June 18, 2008. We expect you to register and pay your deposits at the same time.

We suggest that the children bring along:

2 notebooks, pens, crayons, sketch books, brochures of their home towns, tennis shoes, windbreaker, rain coat/small umbrella, beach towel and personal towel, toiletries, sun cap, music or videotapes, CDs, CD-ROMs, portable musical instruments (guitar, recorder, etc.), photographs.

For further information, please contact us at:


Dept. of Education, Science and Sport

Trg S. Radića 3
10000 Zagreb
tel.:  (+385 1) 611 5116
fax.: (+385 1) 611 1522

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