Croatia is a former Yugoslav republic on the Adriatic Sea. Part of Croatia is a barren, rocky region lying in the Dinaric Alps. The Zagorje region north of the capital, Zagreb, is a land of rolling hills, and the fertile agricultural region of the Pannonian Plain is bordered by the Drava, Danube, and Sava Rivers in the east. Over one-third of Croatia is forested. Croatia today has a very high Human Development Index. The International Monetary Fund classified Croatia as an emerging and developing economy, and the World Bank identified it as a high income economy.

Individuals hoping to experience a unique culture and a diverse population may wish to study in Croatia. The country, officially called the Republic of Croatia, is located in Central Europe. With a land mass of over 21,851 miles, this country sits in both the Balkans and the Mediterranean. More than 4.28 million people call this country home. The country is also a member of the European Union, which makes it easy for transportation throughout the area. Croatia has 20 counties. Its capital, which is also the largest city, is Zagreb.

The climate present in Croatia tends to range based on the actual location. However, it has a rainy winter season as well as a warm to hot summer. The mean temperature ranges between 27 degrees F at its lowest to 65 degrees F in the summer months. Those who visit the higher elevation areas, including the snowy hills and mountains will see significantly lower temperatures. Additionally, the country gets about 140 inches of rain each year, making it a wet climate most of the time.

Varieties of factors affect the overall quality of life present in Croatia. People here are very religious, with Roman Catholics being the largest population of individuals present. However, the country is growing and changing in terms its economy. Though it still has a strong industrial and agricultural sector, the country's economy has grown to be significantly more prominent. Nevertheless, this is a country with numerous traditions and ways of life.

Cost of Living
For international students planning to live here, it is important to consider the cost of living. Overall, for a student, this will be between €500 and €1000 per month, sometimes lower or higher. Most students live in dorms, but they may need to rent housing depending on the school selected. Additionally, there are fees for books, transportation, and expenses the student may have. Depending on the type of lifestyle the student plans to have, it may be necessary to have more funds on hand.