Biggest Croatian language schools in Croatia

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UPDATED: 28.11.2023.

Learning the Croatian language is a true challenge. If you don’t have a private teacher, enrolling in one of the many intensive courses is a good option. If it includes group lessons, your knowledge could improve even faster.

In this post, we’ve listed the biggest Croatian institutions and programs that offer Croatian language lessons, including available programs, types of lessons, approximate prices, language levels, and contact information. Some offer more than one program, and some are available both online and in person.

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Biggest Croatian language schools you can enroll in Croatia

Dubrovnik

#1 Queen Mary

Dubrovnik language school Queen Mary is a school for foreign languages that offers Croatian language courses as well. The school offers accommodation to their students within the Villa Gloriet where courses take place. For students with accommodation, this program may also include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Programs: 2-week Croatian language courses
Lessons: In person (in groups)
Language levels: A1-C1
Approximate prices: the pricelist is available here
How to enroll: Apply via this application form

Address: Volantina 1, 20 000 Dubrovnik – view map
Phone: +385 (0)95 746 2979
Email: info@dubrovnik-language-school.com

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Closest airport: Dubrovnik airport
Public transport: Dubrovnik public transport

Osijek

#1 Hrvatski jezik, povijest i kultura za strance (FFOS)

Hrvatski jezik, povijest i kultura za strance (Croatian language, history, and culture for foreigners) is a program of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Osijek.

Programs: Organized and performed in 6 levels
Lessons: In person or online
Language levels: Beginner to advanced
Approximate prices: Information on registration and pricing is available here
How to enroll: Apply via email

Address: Lorenza Jägera 9, 31 000 Osijek – view map
Phone: +385 (0)31 494 673
Email: hzs@ffos.hr

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Public transport: Osijek public transport

Rijeka

#1 Riječka kroatistička škola (FFRI)

Riječka kroatistička škola (The Rijeka School of Croatian Studies) operates under the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Rijeka. It offers beginner, intensive, individual, and online programs for the Croatian language.

Programs: 5 different programs, plus online program
Lessons: In person (in groups)
Language levels: Beginner and individual needs
Approximate prices: Information on pricing is available here
How to enroll: Apply via email or web forms available for each program separately

Address: Sveučilišna aleja 4, 51 000 Rijeka – view map
Phone: +385 (0)51 265 660
Email: rks@ffri.hr

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Closest airport: Rijeka-Krk airport
Public transport: Rijeka public transport

Split

#1 Centar za hrvatske studije u svijetu (FFST)

Centar za hrvatske studije u svijetu (Center for Croatian Studies Abroad) of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split organizes Croatian language and culture courses. Courses include summer and winter Croatian language courses, which are free of charge for Erasmus students.

Programs: Summer and winter programs
Lessons: In person (in groups)
Language levels: All levels
Approximate prices: Information on pricing is available here
How to enroll: Apply via email

Address: Poljička cesta 35, 21 000 Split – view map
Phone: +385 (0)21 329 284
Email: jnovak@ffst.hr

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Closest airport: Split airport
Public transport: Split public transport

Zadar

#1 University of Zadar – Zoranićeva arkadija

Zoranićeva arkadija (Zoranić’s arcady) is a summer school at the University of Zadar, Department of Croatian Studies. The university is located in the city’s center with a sea view. The program includes an excursion that is an opportunity to explore Zadar and meet other participants.

Programs: 1 Croatian language, literature, and culture course (summer school)
Lessons: In person (in groups)
Language levels: Beginner
Approximate prices: Contact
How to enroll: Apply via this application form

Address: Obala Petra Krešimira IV. 2, 23 000 Zadar – view map
Phone: +385 (0)23 200 504
Email: mabasic@unizd.hr

Website

Closest airport: Zadar airport
Public transport: Public transport in Zadar

Zagreb

#1 Cro to go

Cro to go is an educational center founded by Mihaela Naletilić Šego, who has more than 10 years of experience in teaching the Croatian language. Their principles are based on learning while having fun, active communication, and adjusting the process of learning to each individual.

Programs: 4 different Croatian language courses
Lessons: In person or video chat (individual or in pair)
Language levels: Beginning, medium, intensive
Approximate prices: Information on pricing is available here
How to enroll: Via phone or email

Address: Ulica Ivana Trnskog 4, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone:+385 (0)91 7997 344

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Closest airport: Zagreb airport
Public transport: Zagreb public transport

#2 Croatian language academy

Croatian language academy is a language center under the ownership of a school of foreign languages called Institut Sputnik. It is relatively new but employs only the best teachers with a lot of experience.

Programs: 4 different Croatian language courses
Lessons: In person or video chat (individual or in small groups)
Language levels: A1-C1
Approximate prices: Information on pricing is available here
How to enroll: Via web form, phone, or in person

Address: Trg Francuske Republike 14, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 (0)1 376 40 34; +385 (0)91 971 44 94

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Closest airport: Zagreb airport
Public transport: Zagreb public transport

#3 Croaticum (FFZG)

Croaticum is the Centre for Croatian as a Second and Foreign Language. It is under the Croatian Language and Literature Department of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. Founded in 1962, Croaticum is the oldest recognizable institution for learning the Croatian language in Croatia.

Programs: 8 different Croatian language courses
Lessons: In person or video chat (individual or in groups)
Language levels: A1-C1
Approximate prices: Information on pricing is available here
How to enroll: Apply via this application form instructions are available here

Address: Ivana Lučića 3, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 (0)1 4092 068
Email: croaticum@ffzg.hr

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Closest airport: Zagreb airport
Public transport: Zagreb public transport

#4 HiT-1 E-learning course of Croatian as a second and foreign language

HiT-1 is an online Croatian language course for beginners with basic knowledge and people without any knowledge of the Croatian language. It is held by the University of Zagreb, the Croatian Heritage Foundation, and the University Computing Centre. The duration of the program is 12 weeks.

Programs: Spring and autumn online courses
Lessons: Video chat and e-learning platform
Language levels: Beginner
Approximate prices: Information on pricing is available here
How to enroll: Via application form that is available by emailing them

Phone: +385 (0)1 61 15 116
Email: ecroatian@gmail.com

Website

Closest airport: Zagreb airport
Public transport: Zagreb public transport

#5 Individual e-learning course of Croatian language Hej

Hej is an individual e-learning class of the University of Zagreb intended for persons with knowledge higher than beginner knowledge. The online class includes 10 lessons. The schedule is arranged in agreement with the teacher.

Programs: Individual online course
Lessons: Video chat
Language levels: Higher than A1
Approximate prices: Contact the school directly
How to enroll: Via email with the subject E-tečaj hrvatskoga jezika

Phone: +385 (0)1 61 15 116
Email: ecroatian@gmail.com

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Closest airport: Zagreb airport
Public transport: Zagreb public transport

#6 Krečionica

Krečionica is a Croatian language school that puts all the focus on creativity. In addition to courses, it created its own learning materials called Crocards. These are illustrated cards that make the process of learning the Croatian language easier. Crocards are ideal for beginners.

Programs: 9 different Croatian language courses
Lessons: In person or video chat (individual or in groups)
Language levels: Beginner, medium
Approximate prices: Information on pricing is available here
How to enroll: Via web form

Address: Ilica 71, Britanski trg, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 (0)91 910 3966
Email: krecionica@gmail.com

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Closest airport: Zagreb airport
Public transport: Zagreb public transport

#7 Sveučilišna škola hrvatskog jezika i kulture

Hrvatska matica iseljenika (Croatian heritage foundation) and the University of Zagreb organize a summer school program to learn Croatian culture and language. The school is ongoing during the summer. Students have the option to live in student housing.

Programs: 1 Croatian language and culture course
Lessons: In person (in groups)
Language levels: A1-C2
Approximate prices: Information on pricing is available here
How to enroll: Contact lada@matis.hr to get the application form

Address: Trg Stjepana Radića 3, 10 000 Zagreb – view map

Phone: +385 (0)1 6115 116
Email: lada@matis.hr; croatianlang@unizg.hr

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Closest airport: Zagreb airport
Public transport: Zagreb public transport

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Please note: Information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal or financial advice in any form. Croatian laws and bureaucratic rules often change, and each personal case is individual, so different rules may apply. For legal advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. For financial advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian tax advisor or accountant.

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