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 and provides an archive facility for the Croatian Studies Foundation (CSF).

The Centre is engaged in academic research and publication activities and supports and organises conferences and symposia. It publishes the Croatian Studies Review, which is published in English making the Centre’s research to available to both Croatian and non-Croatian speaking readers.

Over the past five years, the average number of student enrollments per year has exceeded 100, which demonstrates the growing level of interest in learning the Croatian language.

Croatian Ambassador H.E. Betty Pavelich with students at MQU (2020)
Christmas workshop (2018) with Dr Sanda Lucija Udier, visiting lecturer

Recent Activities

The Centre has independently and in conjunction with institutions in Croatia, published over 20 books, as part of university project with the cooperation of the Croatian community in Australia.

The Centre has organised seven international conferences in 1988, 1993, 1997, 2003, 2009, 2014 and in September 2019 as part of the 35th Anniversary of Croatian Studies at Macquarie University.

The employees of the Centre have participated in a number of projects together with the Foundation and the wider Croatian community and in a number of conferences, summer schools and other seminars in Croatia and Australia.

Study Programs

There are several options available to students who wish to learn/study Croatian language at Macquarie University. Except for the so-called non-award option, all other options are eligible for HECS and are subsidised by the government. Since all units and courses are offered both on campus and fully online, courses are accessible to almost anyone. On campus tutorials are mostly held in the evenings and in the afternoons and all tutorials are live streamed and recorded. 

  1. Diploma in Croatian

(HECS funded – our most popular program)

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. Students completing a Diploma of Languages (Croatian) enhance their other academic and professional skills and prepare for the multilingual global environment through increasing proficiency in the Croatian language. Students will gain an understanding of Croatian society and culture, learn about cultural differences, analyse the relationship between language and culture, and recognise the importance of cross-cultural communication. The Macquarie University Diploma of Languages (Croatian) has a distinctive cross-cultural approach and includes opportunities for innovative modes of learning, including online delivery and residential units in Croatia (University of Split and University of Zagreb). Current student contribution amount per 10 credit point unit/per language unit: only$493 per language unit (Two semesters per year for 13 weeks each / 4 hours per week).

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

3. Part of a Degree at any tertiary institution in Australia for cross-institution students (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.

Just a regular Saturday session (held once every term for all external 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