Do I have to take Croatia’s state matriculation exam?
All candidates that wish to enroll to the Zagreb School of Economics and Management MUST take the state matriculation exam. All candidates must have passed the Croatian language, mathematics and foreign language tests at the B level.
The following candidates ARE EXEMPT from taking the state matriculation exam when enrolling at ZSEM:
Can I enroll at ZSEM in July, after the results of the state matriculation exam have been published?
The Zagreb School of Economics and Management allows enrollment for all candidates that have passed our entrance exam and fulfilled other conditions (such as the state matriculation exam). After the results for the state matriculation exam have been published in July, you’re free to take our entrance exam in the same month (it’s usually around the middle of July).
Why do you have an entrance exam if the state matriculation exam is obligatory for enrollment?
The Zagreb School of Economics and Management holds an entrance exam for several reasons:
How can I enroll before taking the state matriculation test?
Planning which university you’re going to enroll in before completing high school is a standard practice all over the world, as it’s a crucial step that requires extensive preparation. ZSEM firmly believes that candidates that take our entrance exam are almost 100% sure about their school of choice. After completing the entrance exam successfully, every candidate that has complied with the conditions for enrollment will receive a call for enrollment. If you haven’t completed high school by the time you receive this call, you must submit any additional documentation by the 1st of September (including results of the state matriculation exam).
Which programs/courses/specializations do you have?
At the Zagreb School of Economics and Management, we believe that it’s unfair to ask students to choose what they’ll be doing for the rest of their lives when they’ve just started their higher education. For this very reason, many students will change universities, or drop out altogether.
At ZSEM, our four-year Undergraduate Program in Economics and Management (240 ECTS) has just one program: Economics and Management. However, this doesn’t mean that you won’t specialize your skills in the time you’ll spend at ZSEM. On the contrary, this means that, when the times comes to choose a specialization on your forth year at ZSEM, you’ll know exactly what you want to do, as in the preceding three years you will have received an overview of all the aspects of economics and business administration.
As part of our program, you will take courses from the areas of marketing, economics, management, finance, accounting, and even social responsible behavior, social psychology, and an Introduction to Philosophy. Besides these courses, throughout your education, you’ll choose elective courses according to your own preferences, and which will define your specialization.
After completing our four-year undergraduate program, as part of our Graduate MBA Program, you’ll be able to choose modules of courses according to which you’ll be able to specialize in the following areas:
Do you offer scholarships?
The Zagreb School of Economics and Management is the largest individual contributor to the Ivana Hodak Foundation, which offers disadvantaged children an opportunity to receive higher education. Every year, the Zagreb School of Economics and Management offer three scholarships through this foundation. For more information, please visit the web pages of the Ivana Hodak Foundation.
Do I, as a ZSEM student, have right to seek dorm accommodation/student meal plans/services of Zagreb’s Student Center?
Students of the Zagreb School of Economics and Management have the right to seek dorm accommodation during their time in Zagreb, access to student restaurants, use of the services of the Student Center, and other student rights. As soon as you’ve enrolled at ZSEM, you’ll receive a student ID, popularly known as the X-Card (iksica). Thanks to this card, you will be able to access subsidized student restaurants in Zagreb, and other services of Zagreb’s Student Center. Along with all other students in Zagreb, you have the right to request accommodation in Zagreb’s student dorms, but be advised that dorm space is limited, and that you will have to apply through tenders issued by the Student Center.
Can you help me find accommodation in Zagreb?
Can I go on international exchange immediately after employment?
In order to successfully apply for international exchange, you must be enrolled in your second year at ZSEM, and have a grade point average of at least 3.5. You can spend at most one year on international exchange.
Will you find me a job?
At the Zagreb School of Economics and Management, one of your goals is to assist you in finding employment, however, be advised that finding a job depends on several different factors and conditions, and it depends mostly on a student’s individual motivation and effort. What ZSEM does offer is everyday assistance through our Career Center, which is willing to prepare each and every one of our students for success in the business world. As ZSEM students, you will have the opportunity to attend workshops which will teach you how to prepare your resume, how to approach a job interview, where to look for employment, and how to recognize what kind of career is right for you. Every year, we host Croatia’s best career fair, Student Future Day, where you’ll have the opportunity to introduce yourself and talk directly to your future employers.
So, where you will work, for whom, and when is your decision and responsibility, but when you do decide to apply for an open position, we’ll see to it that you’re perfectly prepared for the selection process.
And don’t worry: 75% of our graduates find employment within four months of graduation from ZSEM.
If I pay the entrance exam fee, am I guaranteed to pass?
Unfortunately, in Croatia, many people still have negative stereotypes about private institutions of higher education. One of these stereotypes is: “If I pay the tuition/fees, I’m guaranteed to pass/graduate!” However, we assure you that this couldn’t be further from the truth, and we’ve assumed an active role in fighting these prejudices.
Namely, the Zagreb School of Economics and Management charges a fee of 150 HRK (150 EUR for applicants to our English Economics and Management Undergraduate Program) for the following reasons: