Child & youth
All children, regardless of their legal status, have the right to education and to enroll in kindergartens, elementary school and secondary school in Croatia. Elementary school is mandatory for all children between the age of six and fifteen. For children who don’t speak the Croatian language, school should organize a minimum of 70 hours of preparatory Croatian language learning and should provide additional Croatian language classes once the child enrolls. Young persons that are over 15 years of age, who have not completed elementary school, can complete elementary education for adults. Young persons, until they turn 17, can enroll in regular secondary school, after completing elementary education.
If you’re an adult but didn’t complete elementary or secondary education, you can attend education programs for adults.
If you want to learn a new skill or a craft, improve skills in your current profession or get qualified, you can choose one of the adult education programs, even if you have already completed secondary education.
Education programs for adults are carried out in public or private schools for adults. Elementary school for adults is free for persons granted international protection. You will have to pay for other types of adult education.
Croatian Employment Service (HZZ) offers free adult education programs for registered unemployed persons. The vocational skills training they offer are those which are in demand on the labor market.