Living in Osijek
The Republic of Croatia
The Republic of Croatia is geographically located between Central and Eastern Europe. It covers the geographical area that extends from the spacious Pannonian Plain across a narrow area of the Dinaric Alps to the Adriatic coast – one of the most indented coastlines in the world. The interior of the country has a moderate continental climate, whereas a pleasant Mediterranean climate prevails along the Adriatic coast.
Slavonia and Baranja
Slavonia and Baranja is a historical region in the eastern part of Croatia. It is surrounded by three rivers; the Sava River (the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina), the Drava River (the border with Hungary) and the Danube (the border with Serbia), forming an area of an exceptional beauty with forests, meadows and hills.
In Slavonia, there are numerous castles and villas that once belonged to rich families, but now they add a special charm to this part of Croatia. Baranja stretches between the Drava River in the north and the Danube in the east.
At the point where the Danube and the Drava River meet, nature has created a remarkable phenomenon – Kopački Rit Nature Park, which is rich in flora and fauna. In 1967, Kopački Rit and its immediate area were declared a nature park and a zoological reserve, respectively.
Osijek - the perfect place to study
The largest city in Slavonia, Osijek, which is located on the Drava River, is an interesting tourist destination with numerous parks, cultural monuments and entertainment possibilities. Osijek is a student town in a full sense of the word. It is a city where you can find happy and kind people who enjoy the benefits Osijek provides everywhere. Geographically, Osijek lies at the epicentre of Slavonia and Baranja and is bordered by three countries - Hungary, Serbia and Bosnia.
Every day you can have a lot of fun in Osijek. Just by walking down promenade, you can spend hours and hours enjoying yourself while looking at our beautiful river Drava. The city is pulsing with positive energy and every person who has spent a day in this town has fallen in love with it. The climate here is mild, and generally warm and temperate, but you can expect hot summers and rather cold winters.
Osijek is the fourth largest city in the Republic of Croatia with about 110,000 inhabitants. It consists of the Fortress - a baroque city-fortress built in the 18th century - the Upper, Lower and New Town, Retfala and the Industrial District. Osijek is the most verdant city in the Republic of Croatia.
The 18th century baroque city-fortress of Osijek was built by transforming the then historic city located at the strategic crossing over the Drava River. The first new city-fortress was built within a large strategic system of fortified baroque towns on the border with the Ottoman Empire, which was founded by Prince Eugene of Savoy who began to build it in 1712.
The fortress had four gates: The New Gate (south), the Water Gate (north), the Imperial Gate (east) and Valpovo Gate (west). Out of these four gates to the fortress, only one is still present today – the Water Gate, where there is a memorial plaque dedicated to the builder of Osijek fortress, general Stephan von Beckers. It is believed that his body was walled up in the outer wall or rampart.
Student life in Osijek
Osijek offers many places where you can relax and recharge your batteries after a long day's work. At the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology, we also aim to provide all-round support during your time with us – whatever the problem, our Student Administration Office, IT Service or the Office for International Cooperation and Projects are there for you.
There is a friendly and open atmosphere and a strong sense of community, which makes it easy to make and meet up with friends. There are several places where you can do sports, go for a swim or just enjoy long walks.