This little Balkan country has a lot to offer, including its vibrant mix of central European and Mediterranean culture, pristine coastline, and cosmopolitan cities. With nearly 1800 km of mostly rocky coastline and more than a thousand islands, Croatia offers one of the best preserved stretches of the Mediterranean coast. And yet there is much diversity in this little European country, with mountain ranges continuing just south of the Alps, idyllic hills in the north and a fertile plain in the east. The capital city of Zagreb is a prime example of the Central European identity, with its lovely parks and an architecture bearing the Austro-Hungarian signature. Historical monuments from the Roman and Venetian times can be admired along the coast, mainly in Istria and Dalmatia. As for its 4.5 million people, one can clearly recognize that proud Slavic spirit amidst so many different influences, emerging every now and then when Croatian sportsmen, whether it’s handball or water polo, football or tennis, celebrate new successes.
Your time in Croatia can expand your horizons and expose you to new ideas, languages, and people. The Croatian people are outgoing and sociable and love to share their culture with others. Your year in Croatia will be one you’ll never forget!