Application process - Zagreb School of Economics and Management

Application process

  1. The International Office of your home university should nominate you: name, last name, the semester of exchange, e-mail, date of birth, study level, etc.
  2. We are going to contact you to submit the application. We will guide you through our offer of courses, provide you the syllabi you need for making your choice (and for your academic advisor to sign the Learning Agreement), answer some other questions you may have, etc.
  3. You need to send us all the required documentation by e-mail until the deadline written in the Info Sheet. You will receive a confirmation by e-mail once the documents have been received.
  4. After we receive and process all the required documentation, we will prepare your Letter of Acceptance and send it by e-mail to you and to your coordinator. (In case you need a Visa/Residence permit or you require a hard copy, mention it and we will send the Letter of Acceptance as soon we can)
  5. We will be in touch until we see each other on the Orientation Day – your first day at ZSEM!


Please submit the following documents to the International Office:

  • The application form  – must be typed (not handwritten) and be signed by you and by your coordinator/university.
  • A photocopy of your passport or ID if you are a member of the European Union (it should be valid until the end of your exchange).
  • An International Health Insurance card valid in Croatia (a private one or, if you are from the EU, EU Health card).
  • A recent Transcript of Records from your institution.
  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Send a scanned version of one ID photo by e-mail with the other documents.

Send the documents by e-mail to [email protected]


For the Fall semester (September – January), the deadline is the 30th of April.
For the Spring semester (February – June), the deadline is the 30th of October.

Course Selection And Learning Agreement

  • You will be contacted with the final class schedule. The list of courses on the website is only informative. It is possible that the courses you select will overlap.
  • We will send you a link with an application to register your courses after we receive the final schedule.
  • EU students need to use this link to submit their Online Learning Agreement. If you are having issues with your OLA, you can use this Learning Agreement. It needs to be signed by yourself, the outgoing coordinator at your university, and the incoming coordinator at ZSEM.
  • Non-EU students should fill out this Learning Agreement.

Additional Documents

Below you can find everything you need to know about the registration of your accommodation once you arrive in Zagreb, the Temporary Stay Permit, the OIB number, and the Health Insurance.

Your landlord should go with you to the police station to register your stay at their apartment. He needs to sign two forms there: Prijava and Potvrda (Form 8a).

If the landlord can’t come with you they should write a Landlord’s statement that he/she accepts your stay at his home, the proof that he/she is the owner of the property and a copy oh his/her ID card. You need to bring that to the Police, together with the contract that you signed with your landlord and the contract should be signed by a notary (lawyer).

Third, and the easiest option, is for your landlord to register your stay via the website, however, not all renters are able to register via this website, but many are. Please, check with your landlord if they are able to register you this way.

It’s very important to do this first step. Without this, you can’t proceed to apply for your 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.

Look here to see if your country is eligible.

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

  1. Filled out a Temporary Stay Permit form. Here you can find forms for EU members and Non-EU members.
  2. Letter of Acceptance (as a proof of the dates of your stay – we will prepare also one copy in Croatian)
  3. Health insurance + copy
  4. Passport (or ID for EU students) + copies of the documents
  5. Bank certificate that states that student has enough funds to cover his/her stay (i.e. at least 1000 HRK per month – approximately 150 EUR)
  6. 1 photo in color of a student
  7. 20 HRK (approximately 3 EUR) for stamp fees (only for non-EU students)
  8. 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)
  9. 240 HRK (approximately 32 EUR) to make the Croatian ID card (only for non-EU students)

Students are required to obtain an OIB number once they arrive in Croatia. An OIB number is a unique identification number assigned to every inhabitant in Croatia regardless of whether they are in Croatia for a short or longer period of time.

The OIB number is important for:

  • Opening a bank account in Croatia
  • For getting your student X-card (only for EU-students)
  • For getting your Public Transport Pass (ZET card)
  • For signing any contract in Croatia (job, etc.)
  • For signing up to city libraries

To get your OIB number you should go to the Main Tax Office in Avenija Dubrovnik 32 (working hours – from 8 – 15h).

EU-students will also get their OIB from the police once they get their Temporary Stay Permit, however, since this can take a long time, we recommend both EU and non-EU students to go get their OIB from the Main Tax Office (you will get your OIB there in 10 minutes). It’s very important though that you bring the paper with your OIB to the police once you come to pick up your Temporary Stay Permit.

You need to bring a copy of your passport/ID with yourself to the Main Tax Office.


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.

It is very important to obtain International Health Insurance that covers any eventual situation during the coming, returning and staying in Croatia. Your insurance card must be valid for the period of staying and the date of expiry must be clearly visible on the document. EU students must have a valid European Health Insurance card.

What students say about ZSEM?

Kenyu Kunii

I’m having a great time, thanks to other exchange students, professors, and workers at ZSEM. I can’t thank them enough. I am sure this experience will help me in the future. Thanks again!

Sid Eshuis

I like best that it's a small school and also the teaching style - during lectures and seminars we work on real case studies. There's not too much theory and everything is very practice oriented, which is very different from my university back home.

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