List of Croaticum scholarship recipients for 2017 – 2018

By Alejandra Pavisich

Today, July 21st, 2017 the State Office for Croats abroad, published the list of the partial scholarship recipients who have been accepted to study Croatian in Croatia through a a partial scholarship for the Croatian classes done in Croatia and full scholarship for the students who will learn Croatian through the internet because the program pays for the online course and the student can learn in his/her home country. For the Fall of 2017 and the Spring 2018 semesters, 215 scholarships have been awarded, including 154 scholarships in Croatia and 10 online learning courses.

This year 3 students from the United States and 5 students from Australia were selected for the 2017-2018 partial scholarships.

It is of special pride as a Bolivian Croatian that this year has reached the highest number of Bolivian students who have been benefited by the scholarship with a total of 14 Croatian Bolivian students receiving the scholarship, 13 for the course in Croatia and 1 for the online course/for e scholarships and 1 for the internet teaching scholarship.

The courses will take place at the Faculty of Philosophy of Zagreb (Croaticum), in the Faculty of Philosophy of Split (Croatia) and in the Faculty of Philosophy of Rijeka (Croatian School of Rijeka).

For further details on the approved partial scholarship, candidates selected under this decision will be notified by email and scholarship contracts will be concluded immediately prior to the start of the Croatian Language Course for the winter or summer semesters.

The program promotes the return of Croatian emigrants and their descendants to the Republic of Croatia through the preservation, and promotion of the Croatian language, and the education about the Croatian culture that creates favorable conditions to facilitate the integration of Croatians born abroad, into the economic and social life of the Republic of Croatia.

With this objective, since the last academic year, it is possible to obtain scholarships for the third and/or the fourth semesters of Croatian language classes. In addition to learning the language, this is also an opportunity to get acquainted with the cultural and natural heritage of Croatia, its people, which will surely be an additional reason for a permanent return of Croatian descendants to their Croatian homeland.

All “Croaticum” classes include extracurricular activities that are constantly being organized, where students actively participate in learning the language and culture in a practical way. Tours are organized around the city where the Croatian language is taught or trips to other places around the city or in remote areas where the students learn about Croatian history and cultural heritage. Each semester, the Office of Croats abroad and the Croatian universities where the classes take place also organizes shorter experiences, which include day trips to individual national parks and Croatian cities. Graduates of higher Croatian language courses receive invitations to attend theater and film performances, and first time Croatian language students are offered Croatian film projections with English translations. Each semester the students attend cultural presentations performed by several Croatian cultural workers.

Please visit the links below:

Link to official Croaticum scholarship announcement by the State Office for Croats Abroad for the 2017-2018 period

Link to official list of Croaticum scholarship recipients for 2017 – 2018

Lista de becarios 2017- 2018

If you want to learn more about the Croaticum program or other scholarship opportunities please join our Facebook group called “Croatian scholarships to study Croatian in Croatia”


2017 ACAP Conference – Bridging the gap: Opportunities and Connections for Learning the Croatian Language

By Alejandra Pavisich. Photo: Branka Slavica HRT. Video: Association of Croatian American Professionals

Dear readers, I want to share with you the video of my participation at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Association of American Croatian Professionals (ACAP) 2017, held in Chicago, United States on May 12, where one of the topics was focused on the education opportunities to learn the Croatian language in the United States and also in Croatia.

The panel in which I participated was called: “Bridging the gap: Opportunities and Connections for learning the Croatian language.” My participation focused on the success story of the high participation of the  Croatian South American community (90%) in the annual public call for the partial scholarships granted by the State Office for Croats Abroad that consistently has the highest number of participants in the Croatian language courses in Croatia and online. During my intervention (minute -18:29 to – 12:42 in the video link below) I mentioned that we have 4 factors for that high rate of participation of the South American diaspora:

1) Word of Mouth. This is how a lot of people find out in their Croatian communities in Latin America about this annual public call, through friends or relatives who have participated in the program.

2) Dissemination of the partial scholarship program through social media (Facebook, WhatsApp) and mass media. The scholarship information is widely distributed in about 40 Facebook pages and groups of the different Croatian communities accross Latin America, where there are also radio programs broadcasted by the Croatian communities in Argentina and Chile where most of the Croatian community is concentrated in South America.

3) The active use of the Facebook group for partial scholarships, which already has over 760 members. In this group both applicants and alumni communicate, inform and advise on the steps to be followed for the application, and then the trip to Croatia. The applicants can ask any question regarding the scholarship.

4) The need to learn Croatian to take and pass the Croatian citizenship test. Due to a change of Croatian citizenship law made in 2012, it has become a requirement for descendants of Croatians to learn the Croatian language and pass the Croatian citizenship test studying 100 questions from which 15 are selected randomly. In addition to passing the test, the applicants also need to fill out the application in Croatian, submit a brief resume in Croatian and have a brief interview in Croatian.

The panel brought together a variety of participants who contributed with their experience and knowledge to understand the challenges and opportunities that Croatian Americans have in learning the Croatian language, not just in Croatia but through Croatian language classes in the United States.

Video link: Panel on opportunities and connections to learn the Croatian language. Click link to watch the video.