University of Rijeka

Opatija, Croatia
Empfohlene Studiengänge: TM, HM, WMM, IBIS

About the University

Founded in 1973, the University of Rijeka has matured into a modern European university and center of excellence whose impact extends beyond the region. With a total of 11 faculties and 4 departments, University of Rijeka is a research, science, and education-oriented university that supports social and economic development in community, the City of Rijeka, and the wider region. The Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management is situated in Opatija (20 km from Rijeka) and represent the only faculty in Croatia with a full focus on the education and scientific development in the field of tourism, hospitality industry and sustainable development, which makes it an important factor for the development of the Croatian tourism industry.

Cooperation with other higher education institutions in Croatia and other countries, as well as cooperation with institutions and companies in the private and public sector and civil society are of high importance for maintaining good quality of education and research.

For its students and staff, the faculty provides internal and external mobility through Erasmus and Ceepus networks: Education Without Frontiers and Amadeus.

About the Location

Rijeka serves as Croatia's main seaport and is the country’s third largest city with 128 000 inhabitants. It was selected as a European Capital of Culture for 2020 with the motto, “Rijeka 2020 Port of Diversity.” Due to its strategic position on the Adriatic Sea, the city was historically contested between Italy, Hungary and Croatia.

Since its transition into a market economy, the structure of Rijeka's economy underwent a significant transformation. From an economy largely based on heavy industry, it became a knowledge-based economy that embraces new technologies. Tourism and related services are also important contributors of the local economy.

Rijeka is one of the most advanced cities in Croatia in regard to digitalisation. Its digital transition has emphasised openness and communication with its citizens. The city is already moving forward with adopting e-governance, e-services, open data sets, quality visualisation tools and participative budgeting.

Rijeka aims to continue on its path towards building a smarter and more sustainable city by strengthening its knowledge-based society with the help of new technologies. Five most important activities of the Rijeka economy, namely the manufacturing, construction, trade, transport and warehousing industries and professional, scientific and technical activities (that participate with 85% in total income) realised growth and increased the number of employees. The city has many historical monuments such a Trsat Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Governor`s Palace etc. and the most beuatiful promenade called Korzo.

Important  Information for Studying at this Partner University

Language(s) of Instruction: Courses for incoming exchange students are offered in English.

Semester Dates: Winter Semester: October until mid February / Summer Semester: March until late June / Full semester calendar available at

Course Offerings:

Costs: There are no additional tuition costs. Additional costs that must be considered are accommodations, meals, and cost of living.

* Please note that the campus for tourism is about 20 minutes away from Rijeka. The Business Faculty is directly in Rijeka.

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Student Life

Student Housing: For Erasmus students there are two dormitory in Rijeka; single rooms and single apartments in the Student Dormitory Trsat and double rooms in the Student Dormitory Ivan Goran Kovačić. More information can be found in useful brochures prepared for Erasmus students: Opatija has no domotory options, but there are some alternative places to stay such a Hotel Lovran, Hostel Link, Hotel Excelsior. When looking other possible accommodation use this villages names as a "place" to find the accommodation near the Faculty: Ika (village where the faculty is situated), Ičići (village near the faculty), Lovran (20 minutes by walk from the center to the faculty or 10 minutes with the bus number 32), Opatija (20 minutes with the bus number 32) and Rijeka (20 kilometers or 55 minutes with the bus number 32 to the faculty).

Student Support: To help exchange students adjust to the exchange experience, Faculty provides Buddy programs e.g. a person (student) who assist student to get know the surrounding area, facilities (bus and train station, hospitals etc). At the beginning of the semester the University and the Faculty organize a welcome day for all incoming students.

Students with Disabilities: In order to ensure equal opportunities and study conditions for all students which allow for a quality and equally accessible education, the University has established the University Office for Students with Disabilities within the University Counseling Center. The Office is intended for all students who, due to an illness, disorder or disability, regardless of the established percentage of disability, experience permanent, temporary or episodic difficulties in carrying out their daily academic activities.

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