Course catalogue


General information



The University of Applied Health Sciences was established in Zagreb in 1966 by the decision of the Association of Croatian Health Institutions under the name of the Advanced School of Nursing and Health Technicians. At that time, it was the only higher education institution in Croatia that carried out education of hospital and visiting nurses, radiologic technologists, environmental health engineers and laboratory technicians.

Today, the University carries out the undergraduate professional study programs and specialist graduate professional study programs in the field of biomedicine and health. In accordance with the Bologna process, all undergraduate study programs last three years (six semesters and upon completing the program students acquire 180 ECTS credits), whereas the specialist graduate study programs last two years (four semesters, and upon completion of studies, students acquire an additional 120 credits). Upon completion of the first and second level of the program, students acquire a total of 300 ECTS credits.

The University of Applied Health Sciences organizes theoretical and practical courses on its own premises (Mlinarska 38 and Ksaver 209 and 196a), while practical clinical teaching is conducted on the teaching sites of the University of Applied Health Sciences. The practical teaching sites are different health care institutions in the City of Zagreb (clinical hospital centres, clinical and general hospitals, public health institutes, health centres, specialised hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, etc.).




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Mlinarska cesta 38, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia

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Professor Krešimir Rotim, MD, PhD

Acting Vice Dean for Publishing

Aleksandar Racz, PhD

Acting Vice Dean for Teaching

Activities and Students

Snježana Čukljek, PhD


Acting Vice Dean for Students

Ozren Rađenović, PhD

Acting Vice Dean for Acting Vice Dean for Interinstitutional Cooperation and Development

Tomislav Madžar, PhD






Winter semester: early October – late January

Examination period: February

Christmas holidays: December 23 – January 6

Summer semester: late February – late June

Summer examination period: June, July

Summer holidays: mid July – late August

Examination period: late August – late September




List of programmes offered

The University of Applied Health Sciences is a public higher education institution which offers 6 undegraduate and 6 graduate professional study programs:



  • Professional Study Program in Nursing
  • Professional Study Program in Physiotherapy
  • Professional Study Program in Environmental Haelth Engineering
  • Professional Study Program in Occupational Therapy
  • Professional Study Program in Laboratory Medical Diagnostics
  • Professional Study Program in Radiological Technology



  • Specialist Graduate Professional Study in Clinical Nursing
  • Specialist Graduate Professional Study in Public Health
  • Specialist Graduate Professional Study in Psychiatric Nursing
  • Specialist Graduate Professional Study in Management in Nursing
  • Specialist Graduate Professional Study in Physiotherapy
  • Specialist Graduate Professional Study of Environmental Health Engineering



Admission requirements


The admission requirements into the undegraduate studies include a fully completed four-year secondary school program and an entrance exam.


In order to apply for enrolment into the first year of specialist studies students have to graduate from a three-year professional study program and gain no less than 180 ECTS credits.



Registration procedures


Enrolment into the first year of all studies is carried out following the University announcment of admissions.The application for enrollment can be carried out in two ways:


Application through National Information and Application System for Higher Education

According to the Agency for Science and Higher Education regulations candidates can apply to the first year of professional studies after having passed their State Matura exam and through National Information and Application System for Higher Education ( link


Application directly to a higher education institution


For applicants who are not applying through National Information and Application System for Higher Education apply directly to the University following the University’s application procedure. link


Language Policy

The University offers courses only in the Croatian language. In cases of incoming mobility (through programs such as the Erasmus+), the University organizes instruction and guidance in the English language. The recommended level of instruction for students is at least B1 and B2for teachers.


ECTS credit allocation

1 ECTS credit is equivalent of approximately 30 working hours. Credits are awarded only when the course has been completed and all required examinations have been successfully taken. 60 ECTS credits represent the workload of a year study, 30 ECTS credits a semester.

Student workload includes the students’ attendance of lectures, seminars, exercises and consultations, preparations for written and oral exam, the duration of written and oral exams, preparation, writing and defending the final paper.


Examination regulations, assessment and grading

Exams can be oralo r written exams or both, or depending on the nature of the course, they can be practical. This is stipulated by the curriculum and the Regulations on Grading.


The success of the student is for each course expressed by the s ECTS grading scale from 0 to 100% and by the final numeric grade in accordance with the Law on scientific activity and higher education (grades from 1 to 5). A pass grade in percentage ranges from 50 to 100%, and in numeric grades from 2 (sufficient) to 5





The Croatian national grading scale consists of five grades with numerical equivalents:

5 = excellent – izvrstan (highest grade)

4 = very good – vrlo dobar

3 = good – dobar

2 = sufficient – dovoljan (minimun pass grade)

1 = fail – nedovoljan


Croatian grading system and mapping from ECTS grades

5 = excellent – izvrstan (highest grade) – A

4 = very good – vrlo dobar – B

3 = good – dobar – C

2 = sufficient – dovoljan (minimun pass grade) – D, E

1 = insufficient- nedovoljan – F


Recognition of prior learning


Office for Academic Recognition of Foreign Higher Education Qualifications at the University of Applied Health Sciences carries out academic recognition of foreign higher education qualifications and recognition of periods of study at foreign higher education institutions for the purpose of continuing education at the University. The recognition procedure is initiated by a candidate’s request for recognition accompanied by the required documentation.

Requests are sent to the Office for administrative procedure and the Office checks if the request is accompanied by all the necessary documentation. If a request is incomplete or unclear, the candidate is asked to amend the request. After the candidate amends the request the Office forwards it to the Committee for Academic Recognition which gives their written opinion on the request for academic recognition and then the Expert Committee gives its final decision on the recognition.

Resources and services

Student Affairs Office

Tel. +385 1 5495 820

Fax. +385 1 5495 900

E-mail: tajnistvo@zvu.hrMlinarska cesta 38, Zagreb



Student Office for Exams


Tel: +385 1 5495 840

Fax: +385 1 5495 849





Student dormitories


Upon enrollment the students can apply for accommodation in Student dormitory. University of Applied Health Sciences does not guarantee accommodation but will offer assistance in finding suitable accommodation.


Private accommodation

International students can organize accommodation on their own, i.e. look for private rental accommodation. Rents vary greatly depending on the location, room size, facility etc. Overhead expenses are sometimes included in the price, and sometimes are paid by the consumer. Payment is usually expected at the beginning of the month, while some landlords request payment for several months in advance.


Living expenses

Average monthly living expenses in Croatia are estimated to be between 400 and 600 EUR depending on the type of accommodation, student needs and lifestyle. These amounts should be enough to cover food, accommodation, utilities, books, transportation and miscellaneous expenses.



All Croatian higher education students recieve a Student X-Card student card which can be used for government subsidized meals at student cafeterias.

It also serves as a Student Identification Document which contains your student number JMBAG (Cro. Jedinstveni Matični Broj Akademskog Građana, engl. Academic Citizen Unique ID Number).


Scolarships and awards


The University gives recognitions and awards to the best students for the success achieved at an individual year of study.

The University also awards scolarships to students of weaker socioeconomic status and to the most vulnerable students of undergraduate professional studies.

Thescolarships, recognition and awards are given according to the Regulations for Awarding students.


Health Insurance


Regulated health insurance is the prerequisite for being granted temporary residence i Croatia. All EU/EAA students need to bring their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in order to qualify for the services provided by the Croatian Health Service. The EHIC card must be requested from your home country’s health service before you leave. This card will entitle you to free medical assistance, i.e. day hospital care, hospital treatment and prescriptions. All non-EU/EAA exchange students are required to register for Croatian health insurance upon arrival. Accident insurance Erasmus students are recommended to be supplied with insurance coverage against accidents and liability during their whole stay in Croatia. The policy should also cover any accidents that may occur during educational activities. Insurance cover may be taken out with a private insurance company. In either case, you should produce evidence of this insurance when enrolling. For more information go to:


Students With Disabilities

Students with disabilities can contact the International Office and discuss their special needs and requirements in order to get adequate support during their study at the University.



Learning Facilities


Learning facilities at the premises of the University include lecture halls, seminar rooms, learning workshops, a laboratory, a computer lab, a library. The teaching process i salso organized at various teaching bases such as – clinics, hospitas,health centres, homes for the lederly,etc.


Croatian language course


Croatian language courses are not organized at the University of Applied Health

Sciences. Foreign students can apply to a Croatian language course organized in Croaticum – Center for Croatian as a Second and Foreign Language at the Zagreb University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

More information at




International mobility


The University of Applied Health Sciences takes part in the Erasmus+ mobility scheme.

For more information:


Student Assembly


The Student Assembly is a student election representative body that protects the interests of students, participates in the work and decision-making in the bodies of the University and represents its students in higher education.

Each student becomes a member of the Student Union upon enrollment.