About the University of Split

The University of Split is a public university located in Split, Croatia. It was established in 1974 and has 11 Faculties, one Academy, and four University Departments. There are approximately 20.000 students enrolled. The University of Split has partnerships with over 100 universities worldwide (for example Kristianstad University, Sweden, Rotterdam University, Netherlands, the University of Trieste, Italy, University of Western Sydney, Australia, Nigata University, Japan or Michigan University or Pennsylvania University in the USA) and offers exchange programs for both students and faculty and over 600 partnerships within Erasmus program. The university also hosts numerous international conferences and workshops, providing opportunities for scholars and researchers to share their work and collaborate on new projects. It is ranked 1001–1200th according to World University Rankings 2023, 401–600th according to Impact Rankings 2022, and 301–350th in Young University Rankings 2022. The university is ranked among the World Directory of Medical Schools which makes completed medical studies useful abroad. University runs on European Credit Transfer Points harmonized by Bologna Process. USSM students are eligible to write the U.S. (USMLE) and Canadian (MCC) medical licensing exams, and Canadian students are eligible to receive student financing from the Government of Canada (in Ontario, see OSAP).

The degree from the University of Split is recognized automatically in all countries of the European Union and many countries worldwide. If you look for general article regarding studying medicine or dentistry in Croatia, you might like a comprehensive article about medical schools in Croatia.

About the School of medicine

The school of medicine exists since 26.03.1997 and offers a study program in General medicine in the English language. The school of medicine of the University of Split has a first-class infrastructure for teaching and research and an excellent living environment for students at the heart of the Mediterranean. It has a basic medical science building with 10 laboratories and 40 teaching departments, a building for teaching and administration with offices, seminar halls, an amphitheater, a future School’s outpatient center, and a Pathology and Anatomy Complex. The school is also performing research projects at a high level, for example, they established The Croatian Centre for Global Health (CCGH) and Center for Evidence-based Medicine (established in 2018).

Students come from various countries, such as Germany, United Kingdom, USA or Norway.

The majority of international students studying within the program General medicine come from Germany, Norway, Sweden, Canada, or the US. The school has close cooperation with REGIOMED-Kliniken in Germany, the Medical College of Wisconsin and Penn State University in the USA.

Accommodation for international students

The School of medicine in Split does not provide dormitories for students. Students should arrange accommodation on their own – the faculty recommends to sign contract for the whole duration of the academic year.

Recognition of degree from the School of Medicine

The degree is recognized in the whole European Union and many countries of the world.

About the study program of General medicine

The program has a length of 6 years with 366 ECTS. The tuition fees are 12.000€ per year of studies. Students have 5.500 hours of education during their studies. The academic year starts in 1st week of October. Education is not divided into semesters and classes are held in blocks for each subject. The English program runs since 2011/2012.
The education is conducted in small groups of students from 21 countries. There are 70 seats offered for international students, 40 of which is assigned to students from Germany studying for 3 years in Split and 3 years at clinics in Germany (RegioMed clinics). The remaining 30 seats are offered to international students from all over the world. The program started in 2011, with a capacity of 60 students (currently the limit is 70).

The first examination period begins a few days (counting weekends and holidays) after the end of each course. The second examination period is held between 16th and 31st of July, and the third and the fourth are held in September. The fourth examination period is always held in front of an examination committee. You can see the subjects list during studies below:

The application process for the program of General medicine

The Faculty does not have a standard entrance exam procedure and students are admitted based on the submission of documents and oral interviews with the faculty. Nostrification is required only after admission to the faculty. Students need to submit the following documents: application form, ID/passport, academic documents, CV with photo, an application fee of 100€, proof of knowledge of English language (Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)), unless prior education was in English language or English is the mother tongue).

Applicants can also submit additional documents for supporting of their application: Results of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) exam, previous university studies transcript of records, SAT reasoning score or recommendation letters.

Students that will get acceptance letters should start with other formalities, especially recognition of foreign qualification from Education and Teacher Training Agency (nostrification). Sworn translation of academic documents is required. Students will obtain the official status of enrolled student after the payment of tuition fees. Tuition fees are non-refundable.

Transfers for the School of medicine in Split

Two major conditions for the transfer are the compatibility of the programs (transfers are possible only from human medicine programs) and the right to enroll into higher year at the current university. The number of available slots is very limited and it is based on the number of students who failed to enroll into a higher year of education at the UUSM. Information about the number of free slots is available in September, after all exam terms.  The faculty has good experience with transfer from universities in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia. The transfer year depends on the submitted documents.

About the city of Split

The City of Split is an international locality popular for summer holidays. It has around 180.000 inhabitants and is listed on the World Heritage UNESCO list since 1979. Split is an important Croatian cultural, tourist and sports center, international port and the second-largest university center in Croatia. The official currency is the euro since the 1st of January 2023. The official language is Croatian, but plenty of locals speak English as well.

Split is a charming coastal city located in the central part of Croatia, along the Adriatic Sea. It is the second-largest city in the country and is renowned for its rich history, beautiful architecture, and stunning natural scenery. The city was founded more than 1,700 years ago, around the Diocletian Palace, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous landmarks in Croatia. The palace was built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century AD, and it served as his retirement residence. Today, it is an impressive complex of buildings that includes temples, courtyards, and the Cathedral of Saint Domnius. Aside from the Diocletian Palace, Split has many other attractions to offer. The city is surrounded by beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and stunning mountains. Visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, swimming, and sunbathing. The nearby islands of Hvar, Brač, and Vis are also popular tourist destinations, and visitors can take a ferry to explore these stunning places. In the heart of the city, the charming old town is filled with narrow streets, historic buildings, and lively squares. The city’s vibrant atmosphere is fueled by the many cafes, restaurants, and bars that offer delicious Croatian cuisine and refreshing drinks. Split also has a rich cultural scene, with numerous museums, galleries, and theaters that showcase the city’s art and history. The Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments, the Ethnographic Museum, and the City Museum of Split are just a few of the cultural institutions that are worth a visit. Overall, Split is a wonderful destination that offers something for everyone. Whether you are interested in history, art, nature, or simply soaking up the sun, this charming Croatian city is definitely worth a visit.