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Overview & Tuition Fees

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Zagreb is counted among the leading medical schools in Croatia, founded in 1918. It has educated international students for decades across various disciplines, all the way back to WW2. The General Medicine course here bestows upon its graduates the degree  “MUDr” – “Medicinae Universae Doctor” (M.D.) – Doctor of General Medicine. The course lasts for six years.

To apply, students must submit:

-Completed application form
-Originals or notary copies of secondary school leaving certificates and transcript of records – in English or sworn translation to Croatian language
– application fee paid to bank account, amount: 200€
– English language certificate confirming studies at C1 level

As well as various other administrative documents.

The tuition fee is 12,000 EUR per year.

University of Zagreb School of Medicine Interview & Exam Format

The university does not interview. However, it does conduct an entrance examination.

The exam is available from January to the beginning of July. Admission is performed through evaluating both secondary school grades and the written exam, which covers biology, chemistry, and physics. The exam is conducted online.

However, students with any of the following results may be exempted:
1. a pre-medical college or internationally recognized exams (MCAT – with minimal score 125 for each section)
2. a BA/Bsc degree in natural sciences with good credits in Biology, Physics, Chemistry
3. SAT Subject Tests in Biology, Physics, and Chemistry, with the minimal score of 600 in each subject
4. Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

Otherwise, candidates must pass the entrance exam in Biology, Physics, and Chemistry, all of which are at the secondary school level. There are 120 questions in total, with 40 questions from each subject. You must score 15/40 in each, and 61 points at a minimum overall.

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The eukaryotic cell contains:

    • plasmids
    • nucleoids
    • nucleosomes
    • nucleomes
    • the cell wall

Ribosomes are:

    • found on the endoplasmic grid
    • assembled on the smooth endoplasmic reticulum
    • found in lysosomes
    • composed of micro and macro subunits
    • composed of large and small subunits

Transformation of the recipient bacterium occurs via:

    • transformation of the donor bacterium
    • RNA molecule passed through the pilus from the donor bacterium
    • DNA from the donor bacterium
    • bacteriophage
    • phage or bacteriophage

Erythrocytes put in the 0.1% NaCl will:

    • shrink
    • lyse
    • ccumulate NaCl from the solution
    • become spheric
    • keep their biconcave shape

Which among listed are viruses?

    • HIV and salmonella
    • HPV and streptococcus
    • polio and gonorrhoea
    • HPV and herpes
    • smallpox and vibrio

What is NOT built accordingly to the Singer Nicholson „fluid mosaic“ model:

    • vesicles
    • nuclear envelope
    • mitochondrial membrane
    • endosomes
    • viral capsid

Which human cell contains a diploid chromosome set?

    • first polar body
    • oogonium
    • oocyte II
    • ovum
    • sperm

Active part of the nucleus is:

    • nucleosome
    • chromosome
    • centriole
    • euchromatin
    • nucleolus

Spermatozoon differentiates directly from the:

    • spermatogonium
    • spermatid
    • spermatocyte I
    • spermatocyte II
    • primordial germ cell

A 22XY zygote:

    • will develop into a monkey male
    • will develop into a mouse male
    • will develop into a human male
    • will develop into a rat male
    • all is true

Within the inner cell mass the _______ and _____ are the first to differentiate:

    • ectoderm, mesoderm
    • mesoderm, yolk sac
    • epiblast, hypoblast
    • placenta, epiblast
    • amnion, chorion

The ultrastructure of cells is best visualized by the _________ microscope:

    • transmission electron
    • polarization
    • fluorescent
    • light
    • phase-contrast

An ovum with an additional chromosome 21 and a haploid sperm will form a _________zygote.

    • trisomic
    • diploid
    • nulisomic
    • triploid
    • nonviable

Somatic cell nuclear transfer can be used for ______.

    • any cloning
    • cloning of prokaryotes
    • DNA cloning
    • mammalian cloning
    • cloning of viruses

How does Escherichia coli genomic DNA differ from an eukaryotic chromosome?

    • It has a single centromere.
    • It has telomeres.
    • It is circular.
    • It does not undergo supercoiling.
    • It is not double stranded.

Insulin is produced by:

    • transcription
    • translation
    • replication
    • transformation
    • transduction


 Which of the following will NOT give homogenous mixture when mixed with water?

  • olive oil
  • table sugar
  • vinegar
  • ethyl alcohol
  • table salt

 What is the mass of one mole of an element represented by the electron configuration 1s22s22p63s23p64s1?

  • 0 g
  • 3 g
  • 1 g
  • 1 g
  • 5·10–23 g

 If 0.5 moles of calcium carbonate are thermally decomposed to calcium oxide and carbon(IV) oxide, calculate the volume of carbon(IV) oxide produced under standard temperature and pressure?

  • 2 L
  • 0 L
  • 4 L
  • 8 L
  • 6 L

Find the correct statement regarding the periodic properties of the main group elements.

  • Ionization energy increases going from sodium towards caesium within a group.
  • Atomic radius decreases going from sodium towards fluorine within a second period.
  • Electronegativity increases going from oxygen towards tellurium within a group.
  • Ionization energy decreases going from magnesium towards chlorine within third period.
  • Electron affinity increases going from nitrogen towards bismuth within a group.

The exothermic process O2(g) → O2(aq) will be spontaneous when:

  • ΔH – TΔS < 0
  • ΔH = TΔS
  • ΔG < TΔS
  • ΔG > 0
  • ΔS > TΔH

What of the listed is NOT phase change?

  • C6H6(l) → C6H6(g)
  • I2(s) → I2(g)
  • NaBr(s) → Na+(aq) + Br(aq)
  • KI(s) → KI(l)
  • C5H5N(l) → C5H5N(s)


A certain element has a half-life of one month. What percentage of this element will decay after two months?

  • 75%
  • 25%
  • 50%
  • 55%
  • 35%

Mass defect of a nucleus 8O16 is 2.4·10-28 kg. What is the binding energy per nucleon for this nucleus? (c = 3·108 m/s, u = 1.66·10-27 kg)

  • 25 MeV
  • 2·10-12 J
  • 2 MeV
  • 4 MeV
  • 7·10-12 J

Radioactive element ZXA decays with one γ decay. Which one of these sentences is correct?

  • Its atomic number will change for 1.
  • Its atomic number won’t change.
  • Its atomic number will change for -1.
  • Its mass number will change for 1
  • Its mass number will change for -1.
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