Croatian Medical Students' International Committee - CroMSIC
| Currency (how much is a Bigmac?)
|| HRK or Kn (Kuna)
A Bigmac costs 24 Kn
| Time zone
|| CET (UTC+1) From the end of March |
to the end of October we use daylight saving time
so in that period we have CEST (UTC+2)
| Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people
|| Approximately 2,4 doctors per 1000 people
| Member of IFMSA since...
| Number of incoming students per year
|| Approximately 100 students
| Who is our NEO
|| Marko Šimunović (neo-in) |
Antea Buterin (neo-out)
| Our official website / Forum / Facebook group
CroMSIC is a full member of the International Federation of Medical Student's Associations - IFMSA since 1992. year and active in the network of 96 members from all continents.
IFMSA organization is bringing together and representing medical students from all around the world and is recognized by all international organizations (WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNAIDS, UNFPA), and works together with them.
CroMSIC operates in Local Committees in the four Medical schools in Croatia:
- Local Committee Osijek (LC Osijek)
- Local Committee Rijeka (LC Rijeka)
- Local Committee Split (LC Split)
- Local Committee Zagreb (LC Zagreb)
The main purpose of our Association is an international exchange of medical students.
Every year in Croatia receives about a hundred foreign students (this year even 120), and the same number of our students go on exchange. Exchange in Croatia is evaluated as very good.
Besides exchanges we are particularly active in area of medical education, public health and peer education, where we make great results.
About The Country
Croatia /kroʊˈeɪʃə/, officially the Republic of Croatia (Croatian: Republika Hrvatska) is a country in central and southeastern Europe, at the crossroads of the Pannonian Plain, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean Sea.
Its capital (and largest city) is Zagreb. Croatia borders Slovenia and Hungary to the north, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the southeast, and Serbia and Montenegro to the east.
Croatia has a mixture of climates. Croatia has a varied climate, with continental climate conditions in the north and Mediterranean on the Adriatic coast.
The country is not large but has a spectacular 1,778 km coastline along the Adriatic Sea and 1,185 offshore islands (66 inhabited). The largest islands in Croatia are Cres and Krk.
The Danube (Dunav), Europe's second longest river, runs through the city of Vukovar.
Dinara, the eponym of the Dinaric Alps, is the highest peak of Croatia at 1,831 meters above sea level.
Croatia has approximately 4,3 million inhabitants, and its largest cities and regional centers are Zagreb, Split, Rijeka and Osijek. Administratively, it is divided into 20 counties and the City of Zagreb as a separate unit.
Since the adoption of the 1990 Constitution, Croatia has been a democracy. Between 1990 and 2000 it had a semi-presidential system, and since 2000 it has a parliamentary system.
The Croats arrived in the early seventh century in what is Croatia today. They organized the state into two dukedoms. The first king, King Tomislav was crowned in AD 925 and Croatia was elevated into the status of a kingdom. The Kingdom of Croatia retained its sovereignty for almost two centuries, reaching its peak during the rule of Kings Peter Krešimir IV and Demetrius Zvonimir. Croatia entered a union with Hungary in 1102. In 1526, the Croatian Parliament elected Ferdinand from the House of Habsburg to the Croatian throne. In 1918, Croatia declared independence from Austria–Hungary and co-founded the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. After World War II, Croatia became a founding member of the Second Yugoslavia. On 25 June 1991, Croatia declared independence and became a sovereign state.
The climate in the inland of Croatia is moderate continental, in mountainous part of Croatia is a mountain climate, in the Croatian coastal region is a Mediterranean (with hot and humid summers and mild winters), and in the coast's hinterland it is sub-Mediterranean (with slightly colder winters and warmer summers). The climate is affected by the northern mid-latitudes of Croatia. The average temperature in the inland: January 0-2 °C, August 19 to 23 °C while the average temperature at the seaside: January 6 to 11 °C, August 21 to 27 °C.
With an average of 2,600 hours of sunshine a year, the Adriatic coast is one of the sunniest in the Mediterranean, and the average sea temperature in summer is 25 °C to 27 °C.
Our Health care system
In Croatia there are 69 hospitals and health resorts to 3 Clinical Hospital Center, 4 University Hospitals and 7 clinics, 22 general hospitals, 27 specialized hospitals, 2 spas and 3 private hospitals. The number of hospital beds in the period from 1990 - 2000. decreased approximately 24%. In year 2004 there were 24.549 hospital beds. In the hospitals 726.320 persons are treated per year.
Croatia is with 276 doctors per 100.000 people below the average for transition countries and the European Union. Lack of physician order for Croatia could be a long-term problem, which indicates the decreasing interest of young people to study medicine. In Croatian hospitals there are about 7.000 doctors, and in the four main branches of medicine, internal, surgery, gynecology and paediatrics, are missing 925 specialists. In Croatia there are 16.956 doctors in total, of whom 12.149 work in health care facilities, while others work for pharmaceutical industry or in other sectors.
According to data from Croatian Health Insurance Institute high blood pressure, diabetes, malignant disease, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, elevated blood fats and diseases of organs of movement are the most common reasons for Croatian citizens to search medical help. In 2008. year, 52.367 people died, and that more men than women. Of that number, 26.506 people died of cardiovascular diseases, and 12.853 of them from cancer. Other common causes of death are injuries and poisoning, diseases of the respiratory and digestive organs. Today, a child born in Croatia has a great chance to experience 79 years if female and 72 if male. In Croatia, there are more than 185.000 blood donors, which means that over 100 people come to four donors.
Primary education in Croatia starts at the age of six or seven and consists of eight grades. In 2007 a law was passed to increase free but not compulsory education until eighteen years of age. Compulsory education consists of eight grades (Elementary School). Secondary education is provided by gymnasiums and vocational schools.
The course of the study of medicine lasts six years. The curriculum leading to the Doctor of Medicine degree in Croatia comprises mandatory general premedical courses, as well as four major groups of professional courses in basic medical sciences, pre-clinical medicine, clinical medicine and public health.
To participate on a clinical exchange in Croatia, you must be a medical student in the clinical years (we don't accept preclinical students). This means, you must have already studied some clinical subjects.
You are accepting students in each department except Psychiatry and Alternative medicine. Sometimes we cannot place you to the department of your first choice, especially during the summer months when we have a lot of students applying to same departments, so please make sure you fill in four different departments in your electronic Application Form.
We will try place all the students to the city of their first interest, sometimes it's not possible so make sure you fill in three different cities in your electronic Application Form. Also please check the Periods & Towns section in our official Exchange Conditions, to see which cities are available during which months.
To fulfil our conditions for obtaining the SCOPE Certificate, you need to be in the hospital from Monday to Friday, usually 6 hours per day and have at least 80% attendance (e.g. you are allowed to miss five days during four weeks).
We are accepting documents only in digital form and we need following documents.
1.e-AF sent before the MM
5.Copy of passport (first and the last page)
6.Official certificate from the medical school showing that the student is a medical student coming for a one month practice without payment
6.Additional for LC Split : HBV vac., MRSA neg for paediatrics
7.Additional for LC Osijek: CV - (curriculum vitae), HBV vac., Letter of Recommendation written and signed by Dean of student's faculty
All documents should be in PDF (portable document format) and on one CD, given to NEO during MM (March Meeting) or sent by e-mail.
Every student is responsible for getting his/her own visa.
Please check visa requirements on the Ministry of foreign affairs website.
In case you need visa, you will need ORIGINAL, and OFFICIAL invitation letter, not the electronic one you can obtain trough this website.
-Please, if you need it, ask our NEO FOR IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! and he/she will send it to you or directly to embassy.
Places to see in Croatia
Plitvička jezera (Plitvice lakes)
Plitvička jezera (Plitvice lakes)
The area of Plitvice Lakes, declared a National Park in 1949, is a valley situated between high forested mountains.
Here lies a string of sixteen beautiful lakes and tarns of crystal blue-green colour, one below another. They are fed by many small streams and brooks and spill into each other in foaming cascades and thundering waterfalls.
The exceptional beauty of the lakes and waterfalls, rich plant and animal life, contrasting colors, forests and the pure mountain air attract many nature lovers from all over the world.
Due to their unique evolution and beauty, in 1979 the Plitvice Lakes were entered in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
It is a medieval city on the Croatian side of the Adriatic coastline and a treasure - trove of cultural - historical monuments that were created throughout its thousand-year existence.
In the past, it was a City-Republic, and alongside Venice one of the most famous cultural-economic centers on the Mediterranean. It’s known of being one of the most romantic cities in the world.
National Park Brijuni
The Brijuni (also known as the Brionian Islands) are a group of fourteen small islands in the Croatian part of the northern Adriatic Sea.
Famous for their scenic beauty, the islands are a holiday resort and a Croatian National Park.
official website of National park Brijuni
National Park Kornati
The Croatian Kornati archipelago is located in the northern part of Dalmatia. With 35 km in length and 140 islands, some large, some small, in a sea area of about 320 km², Kornati are the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea.
official website of National park Kornati
National Park Krka
Krka is a river in Croatia's Dalmatia region, with length circa 73 km; it is famous for its numerous waterfalls.
National Park Mljet
Mljet is the first larger island one comes upon while sailing the Croatian Adriatic from the direction from south to north. Mljet is Croatia's greenest island with its Mediterranean vegetation, clear and clean sea, gentle sandy shoreline and a wealth of underwater sea life. Mljet is considered to be one of the most beautiful of the Croatian islands too.
National Park Paklenica
Paklenica is the common name of two canyons (Velika and Mala Paklenica) with 400m high cliffs, rising from the sea to the highest peaks and stretching vertically on the direction of the mountain. On the touching point of the sea and the mountain, in vertically cut in and deep canyons of a foothill valley tracing the line of the main ridge of Velebit, there are numerous interesting and extraordinary natural phenomena. Primeval nature stirs up curiosity and animates visitors.
National Park Risnjak
National Park Risnjak is located in Gorski kotar area the most mountainous and heavily forested region of the country.
The park covers an area of 64 square kilometers including the central part of Risnjak and Snježnik massif and the source area of the river Kupa. The name of the massif comes after its most popular inhabitant, ris, the lynx. The park is located where the Alps meet the Dinaric Mountains; it combines almost all the forest types of these areas, as well as containing numerous plant and animal species.
National Park Sjeverni (North) Velebit
Northern Velebit is the youngest of the Croatian national parks, established in 1999. It comprises the most attractive and, in terms of nature, the most valuable areas of the northern part of Velebit.
A large number of attractive sights are concentrated in this predominantly mountainous park - magnificent carst forms of Hajdučki and Rožanski kukovi, unique botanical garden and Lukina cave, one of the longest in the world.
Accommodation & Boarding
Where you stay will depend on the LC and the time of the year you are coming to your exchange. Please check the pages of the different LCs for more information.
Social program depends on the LC. In summer time (July – August) we organize parties (e.g. welcome party) and excursions (e.g. Plitvicka jezera).
Local & National transportation
The highlight of Croatia's recent infrastructure developments is its rapidly growing highway network. Croatia has now over 1,200 km of highways connecting Zagreb to most other regions. The best known highways are A1, connecting Zagreb to Split and A3, passing east-west through northwest Croatia and Slavonia.
Croatia has an extensive railway network, although because of historical circumstances, some regions (notably Istria and even more so Dubrovnik) are not accessible by train without passing through neighbouring countries.
The inter-city bus network (operated by private operators) is extensively developed, with higher levels of coverage and timetables than the railways.
Croatia has three major international airports, located in Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik. Other important airports include Zadar, Rijeka (on the island of Krk), Osijek, Bol, Lošinj and Pula.
An extensive system of ferries serves Croatia's many islands and links coastal cities. Ferry services to Italy are also available.
Plugs deliver a voltage of 220 volts AC with a frequency of 50 hertz.
Croatia uses the standard European 2 point plugs.
Drugs, alcohol & smoking
In Croatia it is illegal to take any kind of recreational drugs. The legal drinking age is 18 for alcoholic drinks. Selling cigarettes to minors (persons under 18 years of age) is prohibited. Note that smoking is not allowed in public places, unless explicitly specified (e.g. some café bars and restaurants have separate areas for smokers).
Cities offered for exchange