Summer School of Croatian Language and Culture, 3-21 July 2017, University of Split, Croatia

Publish Date: May 16, 2017

Deadline: Jun 09, 2017


Summer School of Croatian Language and Culture at the Faculty of Philosophy in Split offers an intensive Croatian language course for foreign students. Since the first Summer School in 2007, learning Croatian language accompanied with cultural activities in Split during summer holidays has been a ten years-old tradition.

Initially, the Summer School was intended for young people of Croatian origin, but over the years it has grown into a program for anyone who wants to learn or expand their knowledge about Croatia, and learn or improve Croatian as a foreign language. In addition to the academic language course, participants have the opportunity to visit museums, galleries, theatre plays, concerts and all the other cultural events and activities taking place in Split in July. In addition to learning the language, students learn about a variety of cultural and educational institutions, do sightseeing of Split and go on organized visits and tours. During the intensive Croatian language course, field trips are an integral part of the academic language course which is organized in the form of extra-curricular activities.


Academic Croatian language programme includes 75 teaching hours: 50 hours of compulsory language instructions, 10 hours lectures in Croatian culture and civilisation and 15 hours of field work (total: 3375 minutes).

One lesson duration is 45 minutes. Classes are taking place from Monday to Thursday (5 compulsory language and culture instructions per day) on the premises of the Faculty of Philosophy at Poljana kraljice Jelene 1 (Peristil) in Split.


From Monday to Thursday

  • 9:00 – 11:15 – classes
  • 11:15 – 12:00 – break
  • 12:00 – 13:30 – classes

Outdoor instruction on Friday is an integral part the language programme with field trips to different important cultural and historical sites.

Croatian language proficiency levels

At the Summer School of Croatian Language and Culture, Croatian language proficiency is divided into three levels: elementary, intermediate and advanced. Each student's level will be determined on the basis of their previous knowledge and the language proficiency test which is done before the arrival. The advantage of this branching level system is the visibility of progress in mastering the Croatian language, and the ability to connect to a common system (including the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, 2001). The European Commission framework - the European Language Portfolio (CEFL with the levels from A1 to C2) is used in the description of Croatian language proficiency.

Depending on the number of participants (maximum of 12 students per group) and their prior knowledge of Croatian language, classes can be organised in a number of groups of the same level of knowledge. Therefore, the number of groups does not reflect different proficiency levels. Teaching is adapted to the knowledge and the interests of participants, and the beginners are taught in a different manner than students with advanced knowledge of Croatian language (such as students of Slavic languages). Five hours of compulsory language and culture instructions per day include:

  • language exercise: developing communication skills, expanding vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, speaking.
  • grammar: teaching and practicing grammar
  • cultural activities: learning about historical and cultural development of Croatia.

Group divisions

After submitting an application and paying the tuition fee for the Summer School of Croatian Language and Culture, students will receive an e-mail questionnaire, a short Croatian language proficiency test and an essay topic. Questionnaires and tests must be completed and returned to the email address no later than Monday, 20 June 2017.

Each student's level will be determined on the basis of the proficiency test results, the short essay and an interview with a teacher on the first day of the class. The interview will be held during the first class meeting on Monday, 3 July 2017 at 9 am.

Participants' obligations

Every course participant is expected to attend classes regularly and complete homework assignments. In addition, they are required to use books and textbooks recommended by teachers which will be provided for all students by the Faculty of Philosophy.

At the end of the academic program, there is a final examination on the Croatian language. The final exam consists of written and oral examination. Written exam includes communication questions, grammar and an essay on a given topic. The oral exam consists of speaking and talking with teachers. Students must achieve a score of 60 % or higher on their written exam in order to take oral exam. Written exam will be held on Tuesday, 18 July 2017 and oral exam on Wednesday, 19 July 2017.

Students who pass the final exam will receive a diploma from the Summer School of Croatian Language and Culture, and confirmation of ECTS credits. Diploma is bilingual, in Croatian and English. Diplomas will be presented to the students at the closing ceremony on Friday, 21 July 2017 at 13:30 at the Faculty of Philosophy at Peristil (Poljana kraljice Jelene 1). Students who do not pass the final exam will only receive a certificate of attendance.

Academic tuition fee: 2100 kuna

The tuition fee includes the following: registration, orientation, academic and field lectures, course materials, study trip to Krka National Park, the opening ceremony and diploma presentation ceremony.


Accommodation is not included in the price, but Summer School can assist without compensation in a search for a suitable accommodation in Split. Note: Faculty of Philosophy in Split does not mediate in the process of obtaining visas, permits and other documents required for a temporary stay in Croatia.

Application process to Summer School of Croatian Language and Culture 2017:

1. Application form and deposit

  1. The student must fill out the application form (can be requested at and send it to the Faculty of Philosophy no later than 10 June 2017 at the following addresses: e-mail: or Filozofski fakultet u Splitu Sinjska 2 21 000 Split /za Ljetnu školu hrvatskoga jezika i kulture 2017/
  2. After receiving the application, students will receive via e-mail the Faculty of Philosophy account number for paying the deposit. Deposit must be paid no later than 14 June 2017. Faculty of Philosophy will consider student officially registered for the Summer School Program only upon receiving deposit (20% of the total tuition / that is 420 kuna).

2. Academic Tuition Fee Confirmation of payment of tuition fees for the Summer School program 2017, in the amount of 2100 kn (reduced for previously paid deposit of 420 kn) must be submitted to the Faculty of Philosophy no later than 3 July 2017, either in person at the secretary's office at Ulica Majstora Radovana 13 or via e-mail:

IMPORTANT: Who can apply?

People over 18 years old with a high school diploma can apply to Summer School Programme.

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