Croatia's education response to the influx of Ukrainian students


Information per theme.

Preschool and Basic Education

The Government plans to help learners integrate into primary and secondary school by providing access to Croatian language courses without exams while simultaneously admitting them into regular classes, based on their abilities. Final grades and certificates will be issued at the end of the school year. Students who do not possess documentation on their previous schooling will be enrolled into the correct level based on their parents’ testimony. As of 28 March 2022, 470 Ukrainian students are attending school in Croatia.

The Ministry of Education also provides guidelines on creating an enabling learning environment in the classroom and broader school environment, highlighting the importance of providing psychosocial support in schools, recommendations for preparatory school activities, the need for teachers to use learning activities to enable the inclusion of refugee students and the need to sensitize the wider school body on the crisis to promote tolerance.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Zagreb is offering Ukrainian veterinary students to continue their studies in Croatia, including free tuition, free meals, counseling services, completion of clinical practice, academic and psychological counseling.

The EU issued operational guidelines for the implementation of Council implementing Decision 2022/382, establishing the existence of a mass influx of displaced persons from Ukraine within the meaning of Article 5 of Directive 2001/55/EC, and having the effect of introducing temporary protection (2022/C 126 I/01). As such, EU Member States shall grant access to their education system to persons under 18 years old enjoying the temporary protection status under the same conditions as their own nationals and EU citizens.


Government sources:

"Uključivanje Djece I Učenika Izbjeglica Iz Ukrajine U Odgojno-obrazovni Sustav Republike Hrvatske." Accessed March 22, 2022.

"Hrvatska za Ukrajinu." Accessed March 31, 2022.

"Uključivanje Djece, Raseljenih Osoba Iz Ukrajine U Rani I Predškolski Odgoj - Obavijest." Accessed March 31, 2022.


Other sources:

"List of Universities Helping Ukrainian Students” Erudera. Accessed March 31, 2022.

"470 Ukrainian Students Attending School in Croatia." N1. Last modified January 2, 2022.