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Temporary Stay Permit

Students are required to check whether their nationalities require a Visa in order to come to Croatia. They can check that information here. If they do, students must contact the nearest Croatian Embassy or Consulate to obtain the information on the application process for Temporary Stay Permit. In that case, this process must start and be finished before coming to Croatia. The process usually takes a couple of months or more. ZSEM will support the application by issuing necessary documents, such as the acceptance letter, but the responsibility for obtaining the Temporary Stay Permit is on each student individually.

If their nationality doesn’t imply having a Visa, they can start the process of obtaining the Temporary Stay Permit in Croatia as soon as they arrive, at the Ministry of the Interior (address: Petrinjska ulica 30). This process has to be started within 15 days of students’ arrival. We will demand the confirmation of the started process otherwise student won’t be able to attend classes.

This means if you are of a nationality that does not require a visa to enter Croatia then you can wait to get a temporary stay permit once you are in Croatia.

For nationalities that do require a visa to enter Croatia you will need to apply for your temporary stay permit before you come to Croatia.

The difference between each process is that for students with nationalities that do not require a visa to enter into the country are permitted to wait to do their temporary stay permit once they are in the country. For students with nationalities that require a visa to enter the country they will need to obtain their temporary stay permit before they enter into the Croatia. 

Look here to see if your country is eligible. 

At the Ministry of Interior, students will have to bring the following documents:

1)  Fill out the Temporary Stay Permit form which you can download here

2)  Letter of Acceptance (as a proof of the dates of your stay – we will prepare also one copy in Croatian for the Embassy or Ministry)

3)  For students who receive any kind of financial support (including Erasmus), the letter which confirms that student is entitled to the support and the exact amount of the support

4) Travel insurance

5)  Copy of a passport

6)  The proof from the bank that student has enough funds to cover his/her stay (i.e. at least 1000 HRK per month – approximately 135 EUR)

7)  1 photo in color of a student

8)  20 HRK (approximately 3 EUR) for stamp fees

9)  It is almost 500 HRK (approximately 70 EUR) for the Temporary Stay Permit for the students that aren’t coming from EU countries (for the students coming from EU countries, the fee is waived)

10)  240 HRK (approximately 32 EUR) for all students to make the residence card

If you need assistance or translation of a court interpreter for English, Italian or Croatian, you can contact this number: +385 91 508 0039 or send an e-mail to   or    

Student Insurance

The health and safety of international students and scholars at ZSEM is our primary concern.  Not only does ZSEM academic rigor cause stress, but a new, unfamiliar environment can compound the pressure that you may already be experiencing. 

International Insurance

It is quite important to engage an International health insurance that covers any eventual situation during the coming and returning travel and the staying in Croatia valid for the period of staying. If you want to engage your insurance with an agent located in Croatia you can contact:


KVARNER Vienna Insurance Group  

Ms. Marija Bilogrevic 

Slovenska 24 

HR- 10000 Zagreb 

Mobile: + 385 98 942 4521 

Tel: + 385 91 159 3868



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