KRIŽEVCI COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE

The institution with the longest tradition in agriculture education

 

Basic information

Križevci College of Agriculture (KCA) is an independent public higher education institution which continues tradition of the former Royal Agriculture and Forestry College that was established in 1860 in Križevci as the first agriculture and forestry college in the South East Europe.                                                             

The present-day college delivers full-time and part-time HE study courses in accordance with the Bologna process. The courses have professional  programme orientation and are structured according to a two-cycle education system. The principle of 60 : 40 in favour of exercises and practical training is respected. Another important aspect of education is development of practical skills and competences  and a commitment to quality assurance.

KCA delivers the following HE study courses:

A three-year undergraduate professional course Agriculture (Bachelor level, 180 ECTS credits)

Two-year specialist graduate professional courses: (Master level, 120 ECTS credits)

  1. Sustainable and Organic Agriculture
  2. Management in Agriculture

The Bachelor's degree course Agriculture runs over a period of six semesters. This course offers a unique opportunity to develop understanding of agriculture, from the production of crops and animals to the management skills needed to work in agricultural businesses and related industries. During the first two semesters students complete foundation courses which give them a thorough grounding in all aspects of agricultural disciplines. In Semester 3, 4 and 5 students are required to choose from three different program fields or majors: Plant Production, Zootechnique and Management in Agriculture. In Semester 6, students must complete a 12-week work placement or traineeship in different HE institutions and in agriculture-related industries in Croatia or abroad. The traineeship gives students the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills in a real-world environment. This final semester placement significantly improves their employment prospects.

Once the students achieve their qualification there is usually an opportunity to progress to a higher level qualification within the College or outside.

Job opportunities

KCA graduates are well prepared for the job market and have opportunities to work on family farms as farm owners and professional managers of agricultural production, to run cooperatives, stock companies and different family farm associations, to work  in trade and control of agricultural products, seeds, agricultural machinery, chemicals and production materials.  

The College is noted for the high quality of the resources for education. The campus extends over 12000 m² of covered space and includes  lecture rooms equipped with multimedia equipment, staff offices, laboratories, specialist studios, workshops with modern agricultural machinery and the College farm of 90 ha with units of different farm animals, a vegetable garden, a vineyard, and greenhouse. The staff is also highly qualified with most teachers maintaining their professional practice and research within their disciplines.

International cooperation

KCA has been a coordinator or project partner in many international projects (TEMPUS, INTERREG, IPA). It has recognized the importance of HE internationalization and, therefore, it carries out the following activities:

  • developing international cooperation with partner institutions in Europe and outside
  • encouraging mobility of students, teachers and non-teaching staff  under the frame of the Erasmus+ mobility programme.

The Erasmus program enables students, teaching and non-teaching staff to spend some time abroad in order to learn, teach or attend professional training.

KCA holds a new ECHE 2021 - 2027, and  has developed international cooperation with higher education institutions under the Erasmus+ mobility programme - KA1 and KA2 activities. Since 2009, the College has been eligible to participate in the Erasmus program and has realized around 400 outgoing and incoming staff and students mobilities. KCA has signed more than thirty Erasmus+Inter-Institutional Agreements with partners from different European countries.

The College maintains partnerships with many universities, polytechnics and companies in both Programme and Partner countries and  welcomes international students interested in  doing their traineeship or work placement in Croatia. KCA can offer Erasmus+ work placement or traineeship  supervised by competent tutors. An increasing number of KCA students use their regular final year traineeship semester as an opportunity to gain international work experience.

Students from European institutions of higher education, who have signed the Erasmus Bilateral Agreement with KCA, may spend one or two semesters studying at our place.

Note! The courses for foreign students are carried out in the form of consultancy with professors of the chosen modules.

Križevci College of Agriculture is ready to accept student applications from the partner institutions. For any questions you may contact Ms Renata Husinec, Erasmus Coordinator, rhusinec@vguk.hr   

How to apply

In order to apply for studying or for training purposes at our college foreign students should contact the Erasmus Coordinator and fill in Learning/Training Agreement.

The application deadline for winter semester/full academic year is May 30th and the deadline for summer semester is November 30th.

Accommodation

Križevci College of Agriculture does not offer accommodation as there is not a student dormitory. However, there are some good options that the students  can use to find accommodation in private apartments/houses. Also, the Erasmus coordinator or a member of Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and Erasmus buddies will assist foreign students  to find the appropriate accommodation.

Health Insurance

All foreign students must have health insurance during their stay in Croatia. They may use international health insurance from their home country or choose to be insured at the health insurance company of their choice.EU citizens and citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland may apply for the European Health Insurance Card (or EHIC) which will be valid during their stay in Croatia.at the health service institute in their own country, before departure for Croatia.

All non-European Union exchange students must have valid Health Insurance that is in accordance with the requirements of visa application.

KCA Academic Calendar

1st semester classes (winter): early October – late January

2nd semester classes (summer): early March – mid June

Examination period: February, late June, early July, September

KCA in particular welcomes incoming and outgoing staff mobility. The exchange of teaching and non-teaching staff ensures multifold positive outcomes, for instance, the Erasmus+ program can serve as a basis for upgrading the existing study courses and developing new ones.

Križevci College of Agriculture ensures equal opportunities to participants from all backgrounds, paying particular attention to the inclusion of those with fewer opportunities. It does not allow any discrimination based on sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Križevci, a pleasant place for life and study

Križevci is one of the oldest towns of the continental Croatia, about 50 km far from Zagreb, the capital city, with diverse culture, and countryside close at hand. Sport playgrounds and halls are also there, two open pools, youth clubs and popular caffes. The town is also renowned for its public gardens which are a part of protected park architecture. With no large industrial plants and polluters, Križevci offers an ideal natural environment for the life and education of youth.

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