Health & Education

Did you know that Zagreb has one of the oldest public healthcare systems in the world? Family healthcare services are of the highest quality and very affordable. The city has 18 public hospitals, 10 of which are specialized polyclinics and 8 university hospitals and centres. In addition, private hospitals offering cardiology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, gynaecology and dentistry are also great value and you never have to wait to see someone or be treated. A large majority of our medical professionals speak English and our system is patient-oriented with private doctors and lab personnel making home visits. The total number of doctors on national level is 14,427.

Clinical care medical centres also serve as Centres of Excellence carrying out advanced surgery and research. Croatia is a world leader in cancer screening and diagnosis and in organ transplants.

There are 10 mineral spring spas in the surroundings of Zagreb. Make sure you visit at least one of them! For spa personnel, patient care is more than a job; it is a vocation passed down from generation to generation, dating back to 1859!

HALMED, the Croatian Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices is actively participating in the EMA's work and has strong ties with the research community in Zagreb.

18 public hospitals
Andrija Štampar (1888 -1958): The father of public health care
The first president of the World Health Assembly and one of the World Health Organization’s founders, Andrija Štampar was a pioneer in the area of public health in Europe. As a doctor, he was devoted to finding cures for malaria, tuberculosis and syphilis. As a public servant, he built hospitals and clinics and popularized his vision of public health care as the right of every citizen. As a professor of the Zagreb Faculty of Medicine, he educated generations of young doctors, ensuring the endurance of his vision. As an expert at the League of Nations, he served as a consultant on public health and disease prevention to the US and a number of European governments. Endowed with excellent organizational skills, Andrija Štampar laid the cornerstone of the Croatian public health service, and carried out systematic reforms in the areas of women’s and children’s health, sexual health and disease prevention through improved hygiene and health habits.
The city offers a wide range of nursery, primary and secondary schools in French, German and English
Educational system

The people of Zagreb are proud of their educational system which is both free of charge and renowned for its quality. Students regularly shine in international maths and IT competitions and start learning languages early. The city offers a wide range of nursery, primary and secondary schools in French, German and English which teach according to various national curricula (Croatian, German, French, British and American), or internationally certified programmes like the IB Diploma, Middle Years and Primary Years or the Cambridge Secondary and Advanced qualifications. Schools are spacious and well equipped, but the “jewel in the crown” is the teaching staff who is driven and devoted to its students.

Cultural institutes, like the Goethe-Institut, the Alliance Française, the British Council, the Istituto Di Cultura-Zagabria, the Centro de Lingua Portuguesa/Camões Zagreb, the Instituto Español and the Balassi Institute participate actively in the cultural life of our city. If you are interested in learning Croatian, language schools are also an excellent place to meet fellow expats.

Biomedical sciences taught in English
Students from 29 countries
The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zagreb is the first educational institution in the biomedical area in Europe to receive a “Certificate for Quality in Programme Internationalisation” from the European Consortium for Accreditation in Higher Education. The Medical Studies programme is taught in English and is attended by students from 29 countries.