Dear ERASMUS Student,
Congratulations on having been selected as an exchange student for the Polytechnic of Rijeka!
We would like to provide you with some additional information about the academic calendar, courses, application procedure, admission, visa, residence permit, healthinsurance and accommodation.
- VELERI ACADEMIC CALENDAR
1st semester (winter): early October – late January
2nd semester (summer): early March – late June
Examination period: February, late June, early July
- COURSES SELECTION
Momentarily all the courses are held in Croatian language, so foreign students are advised to use an option of private consultations with professor of the chosen subjects.
- APPLICATION PROCEDURE
In order to apply for admission at the Polytechnic of Rijeka you need to fill in the Application Form (online) with all relevant documents (scan).
Note that your home coordinator needs to sign and seal the Erasmus Student Application form (the part referring to the sending institution), confirming your student status at your university, your nomination for the exchange programme and your sufficient knowledge of English.
The VELERI departments decide upon the feasibility of proposed study programmes and bring a final decision whether Erasmus students will be accepted.
After the deadlines, the VELERI International Relations Office will be sending an Acceptance Letter and information on living and studying in Rijeka to all students who submitted complete applications and were formally accepted by VELERI department.
You will not need a visa for travelling within the EU if you are a citizen of an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.
Nationals of countries subject to the visa requirement need to procure an entry visa for Croatia. Detailed information on visas (contacts, procedures) can be found at the website of Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs: . The visa application must be submitted to the diplomatic mission or consulate of the Republic of Croatia in the foreign national's home country, well before arrival to Croatia. .
- RESIDENCE PERMIT
Hotels and student dormitories register their foreign guests with the Primorsko-Goranska County Police Administration. Foreign citizens (except from EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland citizens) staying at an apartment should register their address or change of address in person at the Primorsko-Goranska County Police Administration within forty-eight hours upon arrival (weekends excluded).
EU citizens and citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland need to apply for a residence permit in person at the Primorsko-Goranska County Police Administration within 3 months upon arrival to the Republic of Croatia.
Please check the instructions in the Polytechnic of Rijeka International Office, in order to prepare all required documents before coming to Croatia!
All information related to short-term and temporary stay in Croatia can be found at the following address:
Ministry of Interior
Primorsko-Goranska County Police Administration
Department for Foreigners
Trg žrtava fašizma 3, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia
Tel: (0)51 430 333
- HEALTH INSURANCE
All foreign students must have health insurance during their stay in Croatia. The best option is to enrol in an insurance plan in the home country that covers one's stay in Croatia. They may use international health insurance from their home country or choose to be insured at the health insurance company of their choice.
EU citizens and citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland may apply for the European Health Insurance Card (or EHIC) at the health service institute in their own country, before departure for Croatia.
The European Health Insurance Card is issued free of charge and allows anyone who is insured by or covered by a statutory social security scheme of the EU to receive medical treatment in another member state for free or at a reduced cost, if that treatment becomes necessary during their visit. It will cover you for treatment that is needed to allow you to continue your stay until your planned return. The EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare. Therefore, it is advisable to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy.
Polytechnic of Rijeka does not guarantee accommodation. However, there are some options that you can use to find your own accommodation:
- Accommodation in Student Dormitories of the University of Rijeka
Student Dormitories "Ivan Goran Kovačić"
Čandekova 4; 51000 Rijeka, Croatia
Tel: ++385 (0)51 672 422; 671 187
Fax: ++385 (0)51 672 422
All rooms have free Internet access. Life in Student Dormitories is organised on the basis of students' needs and requests, including very good standard of living, nutrition, cultural and sports events. The rooms are given to students on "first come first serve" basis.
- Private accommodation
Hostel Dharma (www.dharmahostels.com; firstname.lastname@example.org) offers double room accommodation with breakfast for 1.500 Kuna (200 EUR) per month.
Prenočište Kantrida (www.stm.hr; email@example.com) offers double and triple room accommodation for 1.260,00 Kuna (170 EUR) per month.
Hostel Link (www.linkhostel.com/hostel/; firstname.lastname@example.org) offers double and triple room accommodation with breakfast.
After your arrival to Rijeka, visit the International Relations Office. You will get the list of agencies that organise student accommodation in private apartments. Also, members of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN Rijeka) and your Erasmus buddies will assist you with finding the appropriate accommodation.
AFTER YOUR ARRIVAL
After your arrival you should visit the International Relations Office of the Polytechnic of Rijeka, where you will get further instructions and a student identity card (X-card).
Erasmus students at the Polytechnic of Rijeka are entitled to hold a student identity card (X-card) during their stay in Rijeka. It enables them to eat is students' cafeterias and restaurants at a reduced price. It proves a student status and may also be used to get a discount for some tickets and services.
In order to obtain the X-card you have to apply for the personal identification number (OIB in Croatian) at the Tax Department (Riva 10, Rijeka). You need to fill in the form which you will receive there and bring the original and a copy of your passport. You will receive your OIB number the same day.
The Welcome Day will be organised by the International Relations Office. You will be informed about the exact dates and the Welcome Days program well in advance via e-mail, after registration at the Polytechnic of Rijeka.
We look forward to welcoming you in Rijeka!
Opening hours for international students:
Monday-Friday 8.30 AM – 10.30 AM and 2.00 PM – 3.00 PM
Marijana Jakopič Ganić, Erasmus Coordinator