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Short program

International Summer School

Learn from the best. Create a better world.

About the program

ZSEM’s 3-week International Summer School program offers a variety of bachelor and master courses in English taught by renowned lecturers and researchers. Courses are credited for 6 ECTS/ 3 US credits. Our summer program hosts students from all over the world who are interested in spending three weeks learning and experiencing academic excellence in beautiful Croatia. Apart from the in-class academic program, ZSEM’s International Summer School offers a variety of educational and fun field trips as a part of an additional and free Croatian studies course. A rich social program is also provided through the extensive ZSEM summer buddy program.

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Important notice | COVID-19

Online courses and refunds info

In regard to the COVID-19 situation: We are hopeful that the whole situation will clear out soon. However, we are aware that the rest of the world is still pretty much under its influence. Therefore if the travel restrictions continue to apply in June, the summer school program courses will be held online. Please note the following: If ZSEM cancels the summer school program, you shall receive 100% of your payment back. If you decide to withdraw from the program yourself then you shall receive 90% of your payment back.


weeks program


international students


earn up to 16 ECTS

ZSEM International Summer School

Courses & Tuiton fees

  • Courses

    Students can take up to two courses. Students should not choose two courses running at the same time. In case a student decides to take two courses and the additional course, a student can earn 16 ECTS credits in total.

    Each course is worth 6 ECTS (3 US credits).

    1. Applied Creativity & Innovation, Mon-Fri, 4pm-7m
    2. Behavioural Economics, Mon-Fri, 10 am-1 pm
    3. Marketing practice through Big Data, Mon-Fri, 4 pm-7 pm
    4. CAPSTONE – Measuring & Maximizing Corporate Value, Mon-Fri, 4 pm-7 pm
    5. Design Thinking, Mon-Fri, 10 am-1 pm
    6. Financial Management, Mon-Fri, 10am-1pm
    7. International Management, Mon-Fri, 10am-1pm
    8. Managerial Accounting, Mon-Fri, 4 pm-7 pm

    Additional free course: Croatian studies, Wed, 2 pm-4 pm

    Croatian studies course is worth 4 ECTS.

  • Agenda
    • Monday, June 20, Welcome dinner
    • Saturday, June 25 – Tuesday, June 29, 4-day excursion to the coastal city of  Zadar* where students will visit successful companies and one of the largest tuna production factories in Croatia
    • Saturday, June 25 – Visiting the national park Plitvice lakes– one of 7 natural world wonders
    • Sunday, June 26 – free day
    • Monday, June 27– Full-day boat excursion to Kornati islands (lunch and drinks included) and visit to the Pelagos NET tuna farm
    • Tuesday, June 28,  Croatian Studies  (leaving back to Zagreb at 7 pm)
    • Friday, July 1 – free day
    • Friday, July 8, 10 am Graduating ceremony & breakfast
  • Tuition fees

    Early-bird, Regular fee

    1 course: 999 EUR, 1.449 EUR*

    2 courses: 1.400, 1950 EUR*

    Early-bird deadline: April 30, 2022

    Payment Deadline: June 1, 2022

    *Students from ZSEM partner universities have up to 50% discount and should contact us at summerschool@zsem.hr for further information. The list of our partner universities can be checked here.

    For bank payments from abroad, please use:

    Account name: Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Vukasovićeva ulica 1, Zagreb 10000, CROATIA

    Payment purpose: SUMMER SCHOOL 2021 TUITION FEE- student’s_name

    Privredna Banka Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, acc.no: 2500-021438;


    IBAN: HR 15 2340 0091 1100 7368 2

    For online payments, please follow this link.

    Important note: online payments are ONLY accepted in kuna (HRK/KN) currency. Please use the official exchange rate valid on the day of the payment. [Order / reservation number: Summer School 2021 tuition fee]

    Upon the payment, please be sure to e-mail the payment confirmation to summerschool@zsem.hr.

    For bank payments in Kunas (HRK) please use the account at Privredna Banka Zagreb, acc no: 2340009-1110073682

  • What's included in the tuition fee?

    The tuition fee includes:

    • 1 or 2 courses from the summer COURSE LIST (6 ECTS/3 US credits)
    • 1 Course Croatian studies (4 ECTS/2 US credits) with visits to cultural and business institution
    • 4-day excursion to the coastal city of  Zadar
    • *3 nights of accommodation in Zadar are included in the tuition fee. Students are staying in a newly built modern hostel. Neat & clean:)
    • Boat excursion and tickets for 2 national parks: Plitvice lakes & Kornati islands
    • Company visits
    • Moodle e-learning access
    • All study materials

    The tuition fee does not include:

    • Accommodation in Zagreb
    • Administrative fees for visa processing and health insurance
    • Travel expenses


  • Students

    Who can apply?

    Everyone who is interested and is currently and enrolled student; there are no formal conditions (besides motivation). The International Summer School is targeted towards undergraduate and graduate students. The International Summer School courses are conceived for those who need to deepen and widen their knowledge. The majority of the participants in the past were undergraduate students and young graduates (from academia and research institutions both public and private).

    Can master level students attend?

    Of course they can, in fact there are several courses offered for master level students. Although some courses have been conceived to answer the needs of undergraduate students, graduate students motivated to follow the courses can apply as well. Please feel free to contact our coordinators for any advice regarding the courses.

    I am 18 years old and just finishing high school. Am I eligible to participate in ZSEM International Summer School?

    We do not usually offer summer program for high-school graduates, but for more information on the other programs that ZSEM offers please contact our coordinators directly.

    Do I need a visa to come study at ZSEM International Summer School?

    For details whether or not you’re required to obtain a visa to enter Croatia, please refer to the web page of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    All costs incurred upon application and issuance of the visa is student responsibility.

    I want to do an internship in Zagreb. Can I apply for it?

    No, ZSEM International Summer School is purely an academic program, and it does not offer internships. If your intention is to do an internship during your summer in Zagreb, you will need to contact ZSEM’s International Office and Mr. Aguayo at jaguayo@zsem.hr or visit the website at http://international-office.zsem.hr.

    Please keep in mind that due to legal issues, Croatian companies can not offer any financial support for internships.

  • Courses

    What courses are offered during the Summer School Program?

    From our homepage click on Courses or click here! ZSEM holds a right not to offer courses for if there are less than 15 applicants when the application deadline finishes.

    Does ZSEM International Summer School offer language courses? 

    Although all of our courses are taught in English, they are not language courses. We are, however, offering a course that will cover Croatian culture (Croatian Studies), that all participants get as an additional course.

    How many courses may I take during the 3-Week program?

    Students are advised to take one course from the list because apart from that course students have Croatian studies course which includes field trips and company visits. An additional course from the course list can be taken, but students need to be aware that the amount of work necessary to complete all the courses will be significantly higher.  Each individual course is 3 hours, 5 days per week, while Croatian studies is 3 hours once a week but includes field activities such as visits to companies, museums, and similar institutions.

    How many courses may I take during 9-Day program?

    Our short 9-Day program offers only one course: Summer Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

    Can I earn ECTS credits from the Summer School?

    Yes, every course in 3-Week program is worth 6 ECTS credits, while Croatian studies bring 3 ECTS credits. However, we always advise to check at your home institution to find out whether they will confirm credits earned at the Summer School. (Upon completion of the program, we deliver a Certificate, i.e. we certify your presence and the grade obtained through exams and/or projects). We can also provide grade transcripts and similar official documentation if needed on your home institution. 9-Day program is credited for 4 ECTS.

    Do grades and credits count toward graduation?

    For ZSEM students, credit hours and grades count the same as in fall or spring terms. For visiting students, transfer of grades or credit is determined by your home institution.

    How long is each session?

    Summer courses are compressed into three-week sessions. Classes meet Monday through Friday for 3-hour periods unless otherwise specified.

    How much studying will I have to do?

    The ZSEM International Summer School is intended for mature and highly-motivated students who are prepared to do academic work. Students may expect to do 1-3 hours of study most days, not including the classes.

    Will I receive a certificate at the end of the ZSEM International Summer School session?

    Yes, after the session has ended we will award each student who has successfully completed their course a course diploma with the grade percentage and grade written on it. Upon the students’ request, we can also provide a grade transcript.

    How many students are there in each course, and where are they from?

    The course sizes vary, but there are normally between 15 and 25 students per course. We usually have students from all over Europe, the US and Mexico as well as Asia and Australia.

  • Application

    Can I apply via e-mail?

    No. Please apply using the online application form available here

    When is the application deadline?

    The application deadline is June 1 for 3-Week program and July 1st for 9-Day program. However, the earlier you apply the better, as students are accepted on a first come, first served basis. If you would like ZSEM International Summer School to arrange your accommodation in the off-campus student dormitory, you should apply no later than the end of April.

    What happens if I send the form more than once?

    We will only take into account the last form you have sent.

    I have a problem with the online application. What do I do? 

    Technical problems, like our server not working (problems, maintenance periods), disturbances on the Internet or in your local network, happen. Waiting some time usually makes the problem go away. If you experience other internet related problems (web browsing, e-mail) the problem might be local or even specific to the computer. If nothing helps, drop us a note.

    Fees and Payment

    How much does it cost?

    The price for International Summer School  can be found under tuition fees.

    Does the International Summer School offer any grants or subsidies?

    No, the International Summer School is financed exclusively by participant’s fee and has no resources of its own.

    My university has an exchange agreement with ZSEM. Do I still have to pay the International Summer School course fee?

    For this matter, please contact the International Relations office at your home university, or ZSEM International Summer School Coordinators directly.

    How can I pay?

    Here are the bank account numbers you can use to make the payment.

    If I should have to cancel my participation, will the fees I have already paid be refunded?

    If you have paid the fee prior to the June 1 deadline, ZSEM International Summer School will refund your money after deducting 10 % charge and banking fees.

    What other expenses will I have besides tuition?

    Additional costs include, but are not limited to accommodation, transportation, and food. The accommodation costs vary from 270 EUR to 350-400 EUR (per person, including overheads). Students wishing to be in private apartments need to apply by the latest by May 1. Food and other costs can vary depending on lifestyle; meals in student cafeterias cost approximately 4-5 EUR.

    How can I handle money?

    The best way to handle money is to take both a credit card and a bank debit card with ATM capabilities. There are numerous ATM machines in Zagreb from which you can withdraw cash. All cards should be checked before leaving home.

  • Accomodation

    Where can I stay?

    Accommodation is available at youth hostels, hotels or private apartments. No accommodation facilities are available on the campus. In case you need advice or assistance with accommodation, please let us know- we will be happy to help.

    Accommodation in Zagreb is NOT INCLUDED in the fee. Accommodation IS ONLY INCLUDED in Zadar during the 3-day field trip.

    Private Accommodation

    The school will be happy to assist you in the process of finding a flat by providing helpful links to various rental agencies that offer short term apartment rental.  Prices of private accommodation in Zagreb vary depending on the city area, size, and amenities that apartments include.

    PLEASE NOTE: If you should choose this option ZSEM holds no responsibility in finding and/or arranging private accommodation.

    ZSEM cooperates with two agencies that could help you in finding yourself accommodation. Feel free to send your inquiry through them or any other accommodation provider.

  • Regulations

    What are the rules and regulations governing my participation?

    Students are expected to conduct themselves at all times in such a manner as to represent their home country and to facilitate the success of the International Summer School. Rules include but are not limited to the following: Students must be in class on time. The possession or use of alcohol and other drugs is strictly forbidden and will result in immediate dismissal from the International Summer School. Smoking is forbidden on School grounds. Students must dress appropriately for classes and excursions. Independent travel outside of ZSEM must be approved by the International Summer School Coordinators in advance.

    Where can I find out more about Croatia and the Zagreb School of Economics and Management?

    On the official ZSEM site www.zsem.hr as well as on this web page you can find useful information about Zagreb, Croatia, as well as School regulations.

  • Transporation

    Will someone come and meet me at the airport? 

    Upon your arrival in Zagreb Airport, you will be requested to take an airport bus to the Central Bus Station (Autobusni Kolodvor). We will email all our students instructions on how to get from the airport to the city center. The International Summer School Coordinators and their designees will make sure that all the students know how to find the accommodation, what to do on the first day, etc.

    How can I manage transportation?

    The best way to manage transportation in Zagreb is to buy a prepaid card for all means of public transportation (trams and buses). That is the easiest and cheapest way. Prepaid tickets can be purchased on various places around the city. Summer school coordinators will be happy to assist you with that information.

  • Visa

    If students require a visa to enter Croatia, they are required to pay the total tuition fee in order to acquire the necessary documentation. In case their visa is denied for any reason ZSEM will return the payment after charging 10% of administrative costs. Postage costs are also incurred by applicants.

  • Health insurance

    All international students are required to have health & travel insurance from their home country prior to their arrival in Croatia. This type of insurance has to be valid in case any health services will need to be used while staying in Croatia. For students coming from the EU countries their EU health insurance card is valid under the stated terms&conditions.

    Any questions and support that students may need prior to arriving and during their stay can be directed to the International Summer School coordinator at summerschool@zsem.hr

International Summer School