Croatia boasts spectacular coastlines and islands, majestic mountains, warm people, and a historically rich culture. Located in the center of Europe, Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, making it one of Europe’s youngest nations. Croatia is also the newest member of the European Union, having joined in July 2013. The capital, Zagreb, has all the characteristics of a historic and modern central European city. Zagreb is a university center — home to some 40 graduate and undergraduate institutions and over 80,000 students. Zagreb University opened in the latter half of the 17th century and is one of the oldest universities in Europe. The cities of Split, Zadar, Osijek, Dubrovnik, Koprivnica, Varazdin, Pula, and Rijeka also have universities. There is also the American College of Management and Technology (ACMT) in Dubrovnik and Zagreb, which is linked to the Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as a growing number of private universities focusing on business and tourism. For more information on universities, study programs and student life in Croatia, please visit http://www.studyincroatia.hr.
Fulbright grantees in Croatia select from a variety of programming that includes an in-country orientation program, invitations to Embassy events, and opportunities to participate in educational programs and activities around Croatia. There are five American Corners in public and university libraries in Croatia – in Zagreb, Zadar, Osijek, Vukovar, and Rijeka. The Embassy encourages and facilitates Fulbright grantees' participation in American Corner programs. Croatian alumni of exchange programs and institutions are eligible to compete for small grants through the Embassy's Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs), and Fulbright grantees often work with host institutions and partners to propose follow-on projects.
Croatia is rich in cultural programs, culinary events, and outdoor activities. Most major cities boast summertime cultural and food festivals and winter advent holiday markets. Zagreb won the award for the best advent market in Europe for the past three years. Rijeka is a 2020 European Capital of Culture and will offer a series of cultural events and activities. The Adriatic Coast is famous for its Mediterranean landscapes and climate. Istria, the peninsula just south of Trieste in Italy, offers many lovely weekend getaways only a 2-3 hour drive from Zagreb. Dalmatia is Croatia's most famous vacation area. Historical relics abound in towns like Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik. The walled city of Dubrovnik in southern Dalmatia is often called the Pearl of the Adriatic and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Northern Dalmatia boasts a number of gorgeous coastal cities such as Zadar and Šibenik. A warm current flowing north along the coast keeps the climate mild. The ocean temperature is warm enough for swimming until the end of September and beginning again in May. From Zagreb it is easy to explore and enjoy other European countries, with Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, and Germany just a short drive away.
The academic year runs from October until June with semesters running from October until January and March until June. Research grants are for 3-5 months; teaching and teaching/research grants are for 1-2 semesters during the academic year. Preference is given to one-semester grants. English is sufficient for teaching; research grants require language fluency commensurate with the requirements of the proposed project.
Our Fulbright alumni are eager to share their experiences in Croatia. Dr. Carmen Luca Sugawara produced a short video about her experience (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rv10N8ptUd8) while Dr. Danica Hubbard shares her reflections in this article: https://www.cies.org/article/%E2%80%9Chello-my-name-dah-knee-zah%E2%80%9D
You can get more of a taste of marvelous Croatia in these short video clips: