Overview of Croatia and Zagreb - Zagreb School of Economics and Management

Overview of Croatia and Zagreb

Croatia will make you fall in love with its coast and sea, the delicious cuisine and  its cultural and natural heritage. 

Among many natural wonders like Plitvice lakes, Croatia is full of Unesco world heritage sites, one of the most famous is Dubrovnik on the Adriatic coast, one of the world’s most magnificent walled cities. Dubrovnik’s Old Town has been a popular filming location in recent years. The Game of Thrones and the Star Wars: Episode VIII film, Robin Hood were filmed there.

With 1,244 islands, islets and crags to be exact, and every one of them surrounded by crystal clear waters, it’s time to come aboard!  Whether you’re into climbing up mountains, descending rivers, scuba diving, swimming, hiking or biking, it’s time to push yourself to the limit! And where better to do so than in a stunning natural environment unlike one you’ve ever experienced before? Are you up for the challenge?

With the population of 4 million, Croatia is conisdered a relatively small country, however it is a great sporting nation. In 2018 Croatia became one of the smallest countries in the world to won the 2nd place in the football World cup 2018. It’s also famous for its tennis players Marin Čilić, Goran Ivanišević who won the Wimbledon.

Croatia is considered the home of many inventions which have transformed the everyday life such as tie, the ballpoint pen, parachute, torpedo, the light bulb. Nikola Tesla is one of the most famous Croatian inventor.

When it comes to music festivals Croatia is the place to be. Summer vibes are even more complete when you put the sun and the crystal clear sea in the mix with some fine tunes. Spread all over the coast, as well as the continental part of the country, each festival offers a wide range of genres set in breathtaking festival locations.

Source: Adapted from Croatian National Tourist Board



Welcome to Zagreb, the capital city of the Republic of Croatia. Zagreb is an old Central European city. For centuries it has been a focal point of culture and science, and now of commerce and industry as well. It lies on the intersection of important routes between the Adriatic coast and Central Europe.

When the Croatian people achieved their independence in 1991, Zagreb became a capital – a political and administrative centre for the Republic of Croatia. Zagreb is also the hub of the business, academic, cultural, artistic and sporting worlds in Croatia. Many famed scientists, artists and athletes come from the city, or work in it. Zagreb can offer its visitors the Baroque atmosphere of the Upper Town, picturesque open-air markets, diverse shopping facilities, an abundant selection of crafts and a choice vernacular cuisine. Zagreb is a city of green parks and walks, with many places to visit in the beautiful surroundings. The city will enter into the third millennium with a population of one million. In spite of the rapid development of the economy and transportation, it has retained its charm, and a relaxed feeling that makes it a genuinely human city.


Useful information

Congratulations on your admission to ZSEM! The staff at ZSEM International Office takes great pride in welcoming you to our campus. Our role is to ease your adjustment to the academic community and to support you in your endeavors while you successfully complete your program of study.

Before departure: Please check that you have packed all the necessary documents such as: admission letter, international health insurance certificate, address of the school and the name of contact person (if given, also the contact number)

Arrival to Zagreb

Transportation from Zagreb Pleso Airport to the city center is available by the Airport bus at the price of 30 kuna (approximately 4,5 Euro) per ride. Additional information

Legalize your stay

Students arriving to Croatia must register the address they are staying at within 2 days after the arrival. To do this, students usually go together to the police station either with the landlord or a person from ZSEM’s international office.

Public Transportation

Comprehensive information about public transportation in the Zagreb is available at ZET.  The Zagrebacki elektricni tramvaj (ZET) (English: Zagreb Electric Tram) is the major transportation authority responsible for public transport in Zagreb. Its divisions are the extensive bus system, 19 tram lines (15 daytime lines and 4 nighttime lines), and a funicular line.

Bus and tram tickets are bought at newsstands at price of 8.00 Kn or from the driver at a price of 10.00 Kn (it is not always possible to buy tickets from the driver).

Exchange students are eligible to receive a public transportation student pass (valid for trams and busses). The application for the pass costs 30 kuna (approximately 4,5 Euro), while a monthly all-you-can-ride ticket, which is available for around 85 kuna (approximately 11 Euro) per month.

Inquire in the International Office on how to purchase this ticket (pass). The office staff will give advice on how to purchase the ticket (pass).


Bicycle theft is common! Always lock your bike with a heavy-duty “U” shaped lock (recommended brands: Citadel, Kryptonite). Bicycles are subject to the rules and regulations of the Croatia Vehicle Code; obey stop signs and red lights, and signal properly when making turns, or you may be ticketed by the police. Be smart–ride defensively, wear a helmet and be aware that most drivers are “blind” to cyclists.

Trains and Long Distance Buses

  • Zagreb Bus Station is a main place for all long distance buses (if you decide to visit the coast or go to some other city).
  • Hrvatske Željeznice offeres public railway transport.

Taxis are the most expensive form of transportation, but can be reasonable and convenient if there is a small group.

Since recently, Zagreb has Uber service available.


General information 


The climate of Croatia varies from Mediterranean along the Adriatic coast to continental, inland. The coastal areas have hot, dry summers and rainy winters yet the inland areas are cold in winter and warm in summer. The coast benefits from refreshing winds in the summer and the mountain ranges shield them from bitter winds in the winter. Sea temperatures never fall below 10 degrees celsius in the winter and in August it can be as high as 26 degrees celsius, due to warm currents flowing north up the Adriatic coast. In spring and early summer a sea breeze keeps the temperature down along the coast. This breeze that usually starts around 9 am is perfect for sailing. The islands benefit from up to 2.715 hours of sunshine a year, the sunniest being Hvar.

Winter temperatures range from -1 to 3°C in Zagreb, -5 to 0 °C in the mountain region and 5 to 10 °C in the coastal region. Summer temperatures range from 22 to 26 °C in the continental region, 15 to 20 °C in the mountain region and 26 to 30 °C in the coastal region.


Kuna (1 Kuna = 100 Lipa). There are 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Lipa coins, 1, 2, 5 and 25 Kuna coins and 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 Kuna banknotes. Foreign currencies can be exchanged in all banks, exchange offices, post offices and at most tourist agencies, hotels and camping grounds. Banking hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays banks are open until 1 p.m.

Credit cards: Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard/Mastercard, Visa, Sport Card International). Cash dispensing machines are available in many areas around the city.

Electricity: Voltage of city power grid – 220V, frequency 50HZ

Water:  Tap water is drinkable throughout Croatia.

Telephone code: Croatia is +385.

Time zone: GMT plus one hour in winter and GMT plus two in summer.

Important telephone numbers:


  • Emergency 112     Ambulance 194     Fire-service 193       Police 192
  • Assistance on the roads 1987; 1987 (If you are calling from outside of Croatia or using a mobile phone dial +3851 1987)
  • General information 981
  • Information about local and district telephone numbers 988
  • Information about International telephone numbers 902