Living in Split
According to the national legislation, foreign nationals intending to study in Croatia must regulate their residence. A residence permit is the prerequisite for issuing a transcript of records and letter of confirmation of the international students study period at the Faculty.
Nationals of countries subject to the visa requirement also need to procure an entry visa for Croatia (Viza C). Information on countries subject to the visa requirement can be found on the web site of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. The visa application (Viza C) must be submitted to the diplomatic mission or consulate of the Republic of Croatia in the students home country. A list of missions and consulates is available on web site of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration.
There are 2 types of residence permit, up to and more than 90 days. All students, except those with accommodation in student residence up to 90 days (regulated directly by the student residence), must report their stay in Croatia to the Central Police Station within 72 hours upon entering Croatia. Address: Trg hrvatske bratske zajednice 9. Office hours: Monday-Friday, from 8.30 to 15.30 (summer time 14.30).
The letter confirming the purpose od students staying in Croatia has to be presented. This proof is issued by:
- University of Split, International Relations Office, contact person: Ms. Aleksandra Banic: email@example.com), for ERASMUS and Ms. Ana Cosic: firstname.lastname@example.org for Erasmus Mundus students,
- the relevant office in the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports for CEEPUS and bilateral exchange students,
- Faculty of Economics, International Relations Officer for institutional bilateral exchange and free-mover students.
Depending on a duration of staying, along with letter of confirmation, application documents include:
- Short term stay (up to 90 days)
If accommodation has been provided in student residence, a direct on-line registration by Student residence office will be made.
If accommodated in private accommodation, a landlord has to accompany student to the Central Police Station bringing along a proof of the apartment ownership (if older than 2 years, a copy of one of the recent bills for utilities is requested additionally). Student has to bring a valid passport.
- Temporary stay (more than 90 days)
The following documents must be presented with the application for temporary residence for the purpose of studying:
- application form:
- one colour photograph 35x45 mm;
- administrative fee in the amount of 20 HRK (can be bought at all newsstands);
- confirmation of the short term stay permit;
- valid passport and its copy;
- proof of accommodation arrangement (e.g. written proof of secured accommodation in the student residence or for students in private accommodation, an apartment lease, proof of the landlord’s apartment ownership and confirmation to be signed by the landlord at the police station);
- host institution letter confirming students enrollment and, if appropriate, through which exchange programme - issued in croatian language;
- proof of the appropriate health insurance (bilingual document) – issued by the home country competent authority, in case exists bilateral agreement on social and health security of student home country and Croatia. Nationals of countries that do not have aforementioned agreement with Croatia have to report to the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance (HZZO - Hrvatski zavod za zdravstveno osiguranje) to establish their right to health insurance under Croatian health insurance regulations. For more information, see below the Health insurance section;
- proof of the sufficient means of support during students staying in Croatia - a scholarship or proof of having access to finances in the amount of at least 1,000 HRK (135 €uro) per month. The proof of receiving a scholarship is issued by the home university granting the scholarship. Other proof shall be parent's income, personal income, pensions and not a single fund deposit in Croatia or a credit card;
The fee for temporary residence permit is 520 HRK (around 70 €uro ). International students receiving a grant from the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports are exempted from this fee. The temporary residence permit is usually granted for the duration of one year or for the duration of the academic year. Temporary residence authorisation is entered into the passport in the form of an adhesive label.
Students staying more than 90 days, upon arrival in Croatia apply for a short-term stay. After 89 days (at latest) of the short-term stay permit, all above listed documents for temporary residence application are to be presented at the police office. Documents should not be older than 6 months.
All original documents requested for temporary residence application must be officially translated into Croatian language. Approximate price of one sheet is around 20 €uro.
All students, no matter the duration of staying in Croatia, must check with the local Croatian diplomatic mission the obligatory validity of passport (in months) to be longer than the actual stay in Croatia and whether the need for an “apostille” of all original documents and certified translations exist.
During their stay in Croatia, all international students must be fully insured against illness, accidents, death and civil liability for the whole duration of the stay in Croatia. Regulated health insurance is the prerequisite for being granted temporary residence permit.
- Countries with health care agreements with Croatia
Croatia regulates the issue of health care for foreign nationals during their stay in Croatia through agreements on social security signed with the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United Kingdom.
Students from the abovementioned countries are recommended to contact their public health insurance provider prior arrival in Croatia in order to obtain the document which enables them to receive health care in Croatia.
The right to health care is realised as foreseen in the social security contract received by each student. Health care is provided to foreign nationals in the same way and under the same conditions as Croatian insurance holders: within the network of physicians and health care institutions of the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance (HZZO - Hrvatski zavod za zdravstveno osiguranje), street Obala kneza Branimira 14, office hours: Monday-Friday from 08.00 to 15.30. International students have to cover only the participation fees, if these are prescribed by national legislation.
- Countries without health care agreements with Croatia
Students from countries which do not have social security agreements with Croatia (or if students are unable to obtain the document foreseen by the social security agreement) and will stay in Croatia:
- more than 90 days, are obliged after 90 days of stay in Croatia to become insured with the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance (HZZO). Up to 90 days, a private health insurance policy issued in the home country is accepted.
- up to 90 days, may use international health insurance from their home country or choose to be insured at the private health insurance company of their choice (in Croatia or in home country).
A health insurance policy by HZZO is procured in a following way:
- after 89 days (at latest) of staying in Croatia, student starts with temporary residence application, present all necessary documents to the Central Police Station and get the identification number;
- on the basis of the identification number, HZZO office register the student in temporary evidence and issue relevant confirmation, which entitles student and binds the HZZO to medical insurance after the residence regulation;
- with this HZZO temporary confirmation, student returns to police office where the temporary residence is granted and permit issued;
- after bringing a copy of the residence confirmation to the HZZO, the HZZO issues a document based on which the student attains the right to full health care within the network of physicians and health institutions of the HZZO;
- necessary documents: a copy of the first page of the passport, a copy of the passport page with visa and a copy of the residence confirmation;
- the monthly health insurance cost is approximately 400 HRK per month (around 55 €uro), for which the appropriate Tax Department of the Ministry of Finances sends money orders to the students’ registered place of residence in Croatia.
- Exchange students funded by Ministry of Science, Education and Sports
The Ministry of Science, Education and Sports covers the health insurance expenses for all foreign nationals that are grant receivers of the Ministry, if so foreseen in the grant contract.
Erasmus students staying temporarily in Croatia are exempted from paying the fee for compulsory health insurance in Croatia. They may use international health insurance from their home country or choose to be insured at the local health insurance company of their choice.
- How to access health care services in Split
General health care services can be accessed by selecting a primary health care physician, whereas health care on other levels (e.g. hospital, specialist examinations) can be accessed by way of a reference document (uputnica) issued by the selected physician.
The student medical center is situated in street Šibenska 3, T.: 021/560-689.
Emergency service centres:
Stomatology: Doverska bb, ground floor, tel.: 021/460-977, weekdays from 19 to 7, Sunday and holidays 24 hours
General medicine: Doverska bb, ground floor, tel.: 021/468-012, Saturday from 15 to 22, Sunday and holidays from 8 to 22
Central hospital: Spinčićeva 1, tel.: 021/389-522, 24 hours
Information about Pharmacy (ljekarna) are provided under section Practical information/sub-section Services working hours.
For all additional information regarding health insurance, please contact the HZZO:
Croatian Institute for Health Insurance (HZZO - Hrvatski zavod za zdravstveno osiguranje)
street: Obala kneza Branimira 14
office hours: Monday-Friday from 8 to 15.30
web address: www.hzzo-net.hr
Average monthly living expenses in Croatia are estimated between 200 and 600 EUR, depending on the type of accommodation (student residence or privately rented housing). These amounts should be enough to cover food, accommodation, utilities, books, transportation and miscellaneous expenses. Of course, students may spend more or less than the estimated amounts, depending on their needs and lifestyle.
This information on the cost of living in Split should only be used as a guide (prices are per month):
Accommodation: 100 € (student residence), 200 - 400 € (private accommodation)*
Study material: mostly photocopies (0.03 €/copy)
Food: ERASMUS and CEEPUS students get student card X-ica: 50 €, OTHER (3 €/breakfast; 4€/lunch/dinner): 210 €
City transportation: 16 € (monthly bus ticket)
TOTAL: from 250 €
* Rents vary significantly according to location, room size, facilities etc. Other costs such as electricity, heating, water, Internet and phone connection are not included.
There are 3 options for 3 students’ categories:
- to rent a room in a Student residence (ERASMUS students)
Application for the student residence accommodation is to be made through the application form: . Deadline for winter semester is 01 June, for summer semester is 01 November.
There is a limited number of beds in double rooms available at the Student residence Hostel Spinut, so an early-booking system „first come-first serves“ is in place. Students with severe disability will be given preference.
Student residence Hostel Spinut is a newly furnished student dorm categorized with 3 stars***. Rooms are double with bathroom. It has 4 kitchenettes, TV room, study room, IT room, coffee bar/patisserie, restaurant, summer terrace and everyday 24-hour reception desk. Beddings (linen, pillows, blankets) are provided and are changeable twice a month. Towels are not provided. Residence is under video surveillance and secured overnight by security service. Being located in the very heart of the Marjan Hill it is surrounded by parks and forest park. It is open until July 15. Monthly rate per person is 100 €uro.
Address: Spinutska 37, Phone: +385 21 386 733, +385 21 386 711
2. to rent a private room or apartment (institutional bilateral, free-mover and ERASMUS students not being entitled accommodation in student residence)
The process of renting private accommodation should begin at least one month prior to arrival in Split. Students should seek private accommodation options independently. Monthly rent in private accommodation varies from 150 (bedroom, shared kitchen and bathroom) to 400 €uro (a nice studio apartment), depending on the location, room size, accommodation quality and facilities. Utilities such as electricity, heating, water, Internet and phone connection are sometimes included in the rent or students cover them separately. Rent is usually due at the beginning of each month, although some landlords ask for payment several months in advance.
Useful web portals:
If an appropriate accommodation is not found before arrival in Split, temporary accommodation can be found at some hostels and economy-rate hotels in Split. For information and booking:
3. accommodation arranged by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports (CEEPUS students and students of bilateral programmes of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports)
ERASMUS and CEEPUS students are entitled to a student identity card X-card, so-called “iksica” which enables student to have subsidised student meals. The price of a subsidized menu meal is from 4,6 to 6 HRK (0,63 - 0,82 €/meal) and the meal includes soup, main course, salad and dessert.
Students studying at EFST as part of a institutional bilateral exchange agreement or as guest students (free-movers) are not entitled to a student card.
Student meals are organized in 4 students' restaurants so-called “menza”, three of which are located at the University Campus Visoka (Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, and Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy) and one is located at Hostel Spinut. All have cafeteria and bar.
- Faculty of Economics: Monday-Friday: 07.30 - 20:00 (lunch-dinner: 12.00 - 19.30)
- Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture: Monday-Friday: 07.30 – 19.30 (lunch: 12.00 - 15.00)
- Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy and Hostel restaurant: Monday-Friday: 07.30-21.00 (lunch 12.00 - 15.00 and 18.00 - 21.00). These 2 restaurants are on weekend duty (one restaurant/weekend).
Traditional Croatian food includes different dishes - more information can be found at:
Direction Zagreb: by Highway A1 Zagreb-Split or by country road through the inland (Zagreb - Karlovac - National Park Plitvicka jezera- Knin - Sinj - Split).
Direction Rijeka: by country road travelling along the Adriatic coast (Rijeka - Zadar - Šibenik - Split).
When approaching from both directions, follow the traffic signs for ferry, train station, bus station and hospital as shown on the following map.
From Rijeka and Dubrovnik to Split by Croatian maritime company Jadrolinija .
From major Italian harbours on the Adriatic coast (Ancona, Bari, Pescara): by Jadrolinija , Blu Line Company and Snav (mid June - mid September).
Availability of this transport mean varies according to the season, with more connections being available during summer.
From the port you can walk to the bus stop at Central Market in street Zagrebačka, take a city bus number 11, 17 or 18 (direction east) and get off at the 5th bus stop. You can also take one of the many taxis (below see indication for taxis) at the bus and train station, situated in front of the port.
After arriving at Resnik Airport you can take a taxi straight to Split or use the airport bus service. Bus stops at the harbor port in Split (and then follow indications for arriving by ferry). Cost of the bus ticket is 30 HRK. Timetable:
Neighbouring international airports close to Split are: Zadar (158 km from Split) and Dubrovnik (215 km from Split) and Ancona (a ferry connection).
There are several low cost airlines that have recently begun operating flights towards Croatia.
BY BUS OR TRAIN
Bus and train stations are situated in front of the port, so please see indications for arrival by ferry.
For all information regarding rail destinations, timetables and prices for travel within Croatia, please visit the web site of the Croatian Railways Holding.
Regarding international connections, there are direct lines to Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia and Switzerland. There are indirect lines to almost all other European countries. For information on how to reach Croatia by rail from various European cities, there is the comprehensive web site of German Rail.
Bus services between major cities (inter-city lines) are frequent as are the regional services, especially in the high season. The most frequent inter-city bus line is Zagreb-Split, with buses usually running every 30 minutes. Connection with other major cities is usually available every hour or several times per day: . The largest bus terminal in Croatia is the Zagreb Bus Station, offering the best connection with other Croatian and European cities.
There are regular international bus services connecting Croatia with all neighbouring countries, as well as many other European countries. Comprehensive information on bus services between Croatia and other European countries can be found on the web site of Europe's largest regular coach network.
There is local city bus service of Promet Split d.o.o., which operates from 5.00 until midnight. The fares are 10, 12, 16 and 20 HRK, depending on the distance and can be bought on board. The fare for 2 trips is 16 HRK if bought at the Promet Split d.o.o central ticket office (street Sukoišanska) or city offices (at most bus stops). Student can pre-buy a student monthly plastic token (115 HRK). It can be issued (the first month) at the central ticket office. Student has to bring photo 30 x 50 mm, passport and certificate of study issued by the Faculty Registrar's Office (Služba za preddiplomske, diplomske i stručne studije).
A local transport map and timetable is available at: (croatian web page) chosing raspored vožnje autobusnih linija/gradski prigradski prijevoz.
Taxis are private. The cost per km is around 10 HRK (start position=20 HRK). Some taxi telephone number: +385(0)21970 (Radio taxi), +385(0)21475343 and +385(0)21473-737.
The official currency of the Republic of Croatia is the Kuna (shortened to “HRK” or “kn”) and it is subdivided into 100 Lipa (shorted to “lp”).
Coins have denominations of 1, 2, 5, 25 Kuna and 5, 10, 20, 50 Lipa. Banknotes come in eight different denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 Kuna. For a description of Kuna banknotes:
Average Kuna's exchange rates to major currencies:
1 EUR = 7.3 HRK
1 USD = 5.7 HRK
1 GBP = 8.7 HRK
The web site of the Croatian national bank provides daily update of the official exchange rate of the Kuna to major foreign currencies.
Useful telephone numbers
Croatian country code: 385
Split city code: 021
Croatian exit code: 00
Unique emergency number: 112
Fire brigade: 93
Croatian Auto Club: 987
Telephone number information: 11888
GSM Networks: T-mobile (098, 099), VIPnet/Vodafone (091) and Tele2 (095)
Services working hours
Shopping centres: Each day from 9.00 until 21.00 (summer time until 22.00)
Food shops: weekdays and Saturday from 6.00 to 20.00 or 21.00., Sunday from 06.00 to 13.00.
Pharmacies: weekdays from 8.00 to 20:00, Saturday from 8.00 to 15.00; on Sunday just 2 pharmacies on duty 24 hours situated in Ulica Josipa Pupačića 4, tel.: (021) 533-188 and in Sirobuja, supermarket SuperKonzum, Ulica kralja Držislava 22, tel.: (021) 325-504.
Water is drinkable and of a high quality in the public water supply system throughout the country.