Find out more about us and what exactly we do


The Croatian Studies Centre (CSC) was established within the School of Modern Languages at Sydney’s Macquarie University in 1994. The Centre offers learning programs of the Croatian language, culture and history at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Centre also has a comprehensive library of Croatian publications and books that provide an archive facility for the Croatian Studies Foundation (CSF).

The Centre is engaged in academic research and publication activities, along with the organisation of various conferences and symposia. It publishes the scholarly journal Croatian Studies Review annually, which is published in English, making the Centre’s research available to both Croatian and non-Croatian speaking readers.

Croatian Studies Centre
The conference in 2024 gathered Croatian academics from across the globe

Recent Activities

The Centre has independently and in conjunction with institutions in Croatia, published over 20 books, as part of our project to cooperate and more deeply engage with the Croatian community in Australia.

The Centre has organised eight international conferences in 1988, 1993, 1997, 2003, 2009, 2014, 2019 and most recently in 2024, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Croatian Studies in Australia.

The employees of the Centre work closely with the Croatian Studies Foundation engaging in projects such as public lectures, book presentations, film screenings, scholarly conferences, summer schools and other seminars in both Croatia and Australia.

Croatian Studies Centre Open Day 2023

Study Programs

There are several study programs available to students who wish to learn Croatian at Macquarie University. Apart from the so-called non-award option, all other options are eligible for HECS and are subsidised by the government. All units and courses are offered both on campus and online, allowing greater accessibility to students. On campus tutorials are delivered in a hybrid mode and are mostly held in the afternoon and evenings.


Diploma in Croatian (HECS funded, currently unavailable)

The Diploma of Languages (Croatian) is a concurrent degree available to students enrolled in or already holding a Bachelor degree, and can only be taken on a part-time basis. The Diploma is currently unavailable for the foreseeable future; however, the CSC and the CSF are dedicated to the idea of reinstating the Diploma program and will promptly inform the public about any possible changes in the future.

1.       Part of a Macquarie University BA Degree majoring in Croatian (HECS funded)

A specialisation in Croatian under a bachelor’s program is a popular option among students. Students can choose to major in Croatian.

BA of International Studies with a specialisation in Croatian

This option set of a BA degree majoring in Croatian is most commonly done with a BA in International studies. This option offers increased proficiency in the Croatian language in tandem with knowledge on Croatian society and culture. Concurrent with this language specialisation in Croatian, students develop advanced knowledge in cross-cultural studies, exploring the relationship between language and culture, and analysing trends in global diversity, mobility and foreign policy, equipping them with transferable intercultural skills that are highly valued in today’s globalised job market. The BA of International Studies’ distinct cross-cultural approach involves in-person and online delivery, including opportunities to study abroad in Croatia for a semester to complete language proficiency and cultural immersion acquired throughout the degree. These semester abroad opportunities include The University of Zagreb and the University of Split.

2.       Minor in Croatian Studies

Minor in Croatia Studies is a popular option among the students majoring in law, business or education.

3.       Part of a Degree at any tertiary institution in Australia for cross-institution study (HECS funded)

4.       A Single Unit


This is a non-award program that is open to everyone. The cost of the program is approximately $2,400 per language unit.

Proficiency Testing Centre


The Croatian Studies Centre at Macquarie University is the only accredited testing centre for the Croatian language outside Croatia. Croatian proficiency tests follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (A1-C2) and are to be taken in person. To apply for the test, visit Croaticum (University of Zagreb). For more information about the tests held in Sydney, email

Every year one Croatian Studies student is awarded The Narona – Vidović Family Prize for outstanding achievements in Croatian Studies units.

Anthony Pagano (in the middle), the recipient of the Narona-Vidovic Family Prize for 2023 with Dr Jasna Novak Milic, Anthony Gurlica, Tony Vidovic and Liana Pagano.
Just a regular Saturday session (held once every term for all external students)
Dr Jasna Novak Milić with a few of the students

Applications for undergraduate Macquarie University courses are processed through UAC (apply online at in September). You should also consult the “Admission and Enrolment” section of the MQU website.

Start your journey into the heart of Croatia’s culture and language by applying now. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

For more information contact:

Croatian Studies Centre

Dr Jasna Novak Milic, Director & Lecturer
Phone: +61 2 9850 7040
Croatian Studies Centre
Faculty of Arts Macquarie University SYDNEY NSW 2109