About our
language school

Školica is a language school dedicated to the Croatian language.

We’re a team of 8 teachers (and 2 managers), passionate about teaching Croatian, and for 12 years that’s what we’ve been doing!

During that time we’ve taught over 1500 students, from all over the world, at all levels, from absolute beginner to near fluency.

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Meet the Školica team

Click on any of our teachers below to find out more about them!
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Maja
Maja
Maja2Maja has been teaching for Školica since 2018, and is based in the Croatian capital, Zagreb. She teaches groups and individuals in both English and German.

She earned a MA in Philosophy and Croatian Language and Literature from the University of Zagreb and is currently enrolled in postgraduate studies in the field of Drama Pedagogy.
Her passion is theatre and she believes that drama can open up new ways of communicating one’s views. Consequently she's forever keen to find new ways of apply drama methodology when teaching Croatian as a second language.
Her hidden talent is playing the piano, having attended music school for several years. She likes to watch movies, theatre shows and good series.
Anđela
Anđela
Kolica 35 Anela 3 1Anđela joined the Školica team in 2019 and is based in Slavonski Brod, to the east of Croatia. She teaches group and individual lessons in English.

Anđela has an MA in Croatian language and literature and Hungarian language and literature from the University of Osijek. She speaks four languages (Croatian, English, Hungarian and some German) and in the past has worked as a Croatian, Hungarian and English teacher.
She loves to work with foreigners because it gives her the chance to meet different and interesting people. Taking an individual approach to every student suits her personality and she likes to adjust her approach to each student's needs.
Anđela likes to travel, learn languages and meet new people, she's a big movie fan and loves to watch all sorts of movies.
Katarina
Katarina
Kolica 38 Katarina 3Katarina has been with Školica since March 2019 and is based near Osijek in Slavonia county. She teaches individual lessons in German.

She has an MA in German language and literature (translation studies) and Croatian language and literature (educational studies), and has also completed the Pedagogical, Psychological, Didactic and Teaching Methodology Training Programme.
For Katarina life just happens, and this applies too to her becoming a teacher: after discovering a passion for teaching she has been doing so ever since. She loves teaching Croatian because she finds it interesting to see how foreigners learn Croatian.
In her free time she learns languages, takes long walks and watches comedies and series.
Barbara
Barbara
Kolica 43 Barbara 4 1Barbara has been with Školica since November 2018 and is based near Čakovec in Međimurje county. She teaches individual and group lessons, primarily in German, and also works as our learning coordinator for German-language students.

She has an MA in German and Polish language and literature. She speaks fluent German, English and Polish and sees herself working with languages forever!
Among her diverse interests: she has been signed up as a volunteer fire fighter since she was a little girl, she after passing several exams is officially a first-class firewoman. She has danced in folklore groups, sung in a choir and been active with many local activities.
When she isn’t fighting fires, dancing, singing, organising, or teaching she likes being with friends and engaging in the Croatian national pastime: drinking coffee on a terrace.
Laura
Laura
Kolica 46 Laura 3 1 Laura has been teaching for Školica since 2021. She comes from Čakovec, but currently lives in Zagreb. She gives individual lessons in German.

Laura is currently studying Croatian and German at the University of Zagreb. She loves to share her knowledge and help people achieve different learning goals. She volunteers in an autism association called Pogled and leads different workshops with autistic children. She used to work in a kindergarten in Čakovec. She loves to read, watch films and meet with friends. In her free time she trains Thai boxing.
Petra
Petra
Kolica 49 Petra 3 1 Petra has been teaching for Školica since 2021. She comes from Jastrebarsko near Zagreb, where she currently lives. She gives individual lessons in German.

Petra is currently studying Croatian and German at the University of Zagreb. She loves teaching Croatian and talking to different people. She was inspired by her Croatian primary school teacher, who was a great role model for her and sparked her interest in languages and teaching.
Petra loves German because it is systematic and logical, she also attended a ballet studio for 14 years and likes listening to pop, rock and Latino music.
Mateja
Mateja
Kolica 52 Mateja 3 1 Mateja has been teaching for Školica since 2021. She is based in Slavonski Brod, where she was born. She gives individual and group lessons in English.

Mateja has a Master's degree in Croatian Language and Literature (Education) from the University of Rijeka. She wanted to study the Croatian language since seventh grade because she loved literature, and her Croatian primary school teacher gave her great mentoring. She is a bookworm and a big film fan. In addition to her work at Školica, she gives baccalaureate preparation courses as part of the official baccalaureate preparation programme of the city of Slavonski Brod. As part of the organisation of a programme in memory of Ivana Brlić Mažuranić (a famous Croatian writer), she has led theatre activities and performed plays with children. Interestingly, she considers herself an introvert - but all her friends, family members and colleagues disagree, as she likes to tell funny stories and makes everyone laugh.
Andrea
Andrea
Andrea2Andrea has been with Školica since November 2019 and lives and works near Osijek. She teaches individual and group lessons in English.

She holds an MA in Hungarian (translation studies) and Croatian language and literature (educational studies) from the University of Osijek and has also completed the Pedagogical, Psychological, Didactic and Teaching Methodology Training Programme.
Andrea wanted to be a teacher since first grade, and even played teacher with her stuffed toys. A love of how the Croatian language works inspired her to teach Croatian.
She loves to read and take care of her plants, which is particularly challenging living in a loft apartment. Her hidden talent is the ability to eat more than 2 kilos of strawberries a day.

What does the name “Školica” mean?

Školica means “little school” in Croatian. The name was chosen back in 2009 when the “school” was still just one person. Although we’ve grown since then, the name continues to capture the closeness and personal nature of our team and school.

How do we teach?

We take what we do seriously, here a few points on our approach to teaching:

QUALIFIED TEACHERS

All of our teachers have studied languages (or education) at university level and are fluent in English and/or German. Most of our teachers work full-time for Školica, while several work part-time while completing their university studies.

TEACHING MATERIALS

We create our own teaching materials and try to make the learning experience as interactive as possible with lots of exercises, dialogues and examples. Our emphasis is on communication and on how to speak Croatian in different situations.

SPOKEN CROATIAN

Students learn quicker by hearing as much Croatian as possible. Whether you have prior knowledge or not you’ll hear/speak Croatian in your lessons from the start. You'll be amazed how much you can communicate after just a few lessons!

TEACHING METHODS

We are constantly developing and evolving our methods and approach. We respond to the needs of our students, adjust our program to their goals and are grateful for their suggestions and ideas. All of our methods & materials follow the CEFR.

The history of Školica

2009

Školica founded with group/individual lessons

First website launched at skolica.de

2010

Move to dedicated premises in Munich

First teacher hired

2011
2012
2013

First language holiday in Crikvenica

Started individual lessons online

2014
2015

Website relaunch/rebrand as learncroatian.eu

2016

Move base of operations to Zagreb

2017
2018

Became a purely “online” language school

2019

Third website launched (this one!)

2021

Started online group semester courses

Introduced Croatian for kids online

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Recent blog posts

Here are a few posts from our blog about Croatian language, culture, history and literature.