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How to Enroll Your Children in School in Croatia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: If you're a newcomer in Croatia and enrolling your children in school in Croatia, here's how:

Enrolling your child in a public school in Croatia as an expat can seem like a daunting task, but with the right preparation and understanding of the process, it can be made simpler. The Croatian education system is well-structured and offers a high standard of education. However, the enrollment process involves several steps and requires certain documents. These include your child's birth certificate, proof of residence, and health insurance. It's also important to note that the language of instruction in Croatian public schools is Croatian, so additional language support may be needed for non-Croatian speaking children.

  1. Firstly, you need to decide on the school you want your child to attend. This can be based on the school's proximity to your home or its academic reputation. You can find a list of public schools on the Croatian Ministry of Education's website.
  2. Once you have chosen a school, contact them to inquire about the enrollment process. Some schools may have specific requirements or procedures for expat students.
  3. Prepare the necessary documents. This typically includes your child's birth certificate, proof of residence (such as a utility bill or rental agreement), and proof of health insurance. If your documents are not in Croatian, they may need to be translated and notarized.
  4. Submit the enrollment application along with the required documents to the school. The application should include your child's personal information, previous education history, and any special needs or requirements they may have.
  5. Once your application is accepted, you will need to pay a small enrollment fee. The fee varies from school to school but is generally quite affordable.
  6. After the enrollment is confirmed, you will receive information about the school schedule, uniform (if applicable), and any necessary school supplies.
  7. If your child does not speak Croatian, you may need to arrange for additional language support. Some schools offer Croatian as a Second Language programs, or you may need to hire a private tutor.
  8. Finally, attend the school's orientation or open day. This is a great opportunity for both you and your child to familiarize yourselves with the school environment, meet the teachers, and ask any remaining questions.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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