Department of Biotechnology, as a part of the University of Rijeka, works to create a student-friendly environment even outside the classroom. Our students actively participate in all manner of extracurricular activities through the Biotechnology Student Association at University of Rijeka (USBRI) including sports, scientific competitions, charitable events and the annual Rijeka Carnival.

Additional Information


University campus offers accommodation, food service, employment mediation for student jobs as well as leisure time organization through Student Centre.

More information can be found here.

University Counseling Center

Office for Students with Disabilities | +385 51 265 844

Psyhological counseling office | +385 51 265 841

Living and Studying in Rijeka

Rijeka, with its 200,000 inhabitants, is the third largest city and the largest Croatian port. Rijeka is situated on the Kvarner Bay, in the northernmost part of the Adriatic Sea. The town is very close to Slovenia and Italy, and is surrounded by mountains and numerous picturesque coastal towns.

Rijeka has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with exceptionally warm summers and relatively mild winters.

The river Rječina, a karst river, supplies the town with drinking water.

Along with its role as an economic and transport focal point, Rijeka retains its importance as a cultural, educational and sports centre in the region. Numerous cultural events take place in Rijeka, such as theatre performances, concerts, exhibitions, the traditional international Rijeka carnival, fairs, and sporting events.

Rijeka is reflected in its main street Korzo – at Korzo you can read Rijeka. Korzo is the place where you can hear the typical rhythm of Rijeka’s steps which, regardless of the time of day. Korzo is not just the main Rijeka’s promenade, its lifeblood, but also its mirror.


Want to find out more about student life in Rijeka?

  • Send an email to our student ambassadors and ask any questions you have –
  • Follow Biotechnology Student Association on our LinkedIn page.


Interesting facts about Rijeka:

  • The first torpedo in the world was made in Rijeka
  • Fiorello la Guardia, New York’s most famous mayor, worked in the American consulate in Rijeka
  • Rijeka is the town with the highest number of baroque marble altars on the eastern part of the Adriatic coast
  • The first steam engine in south-eastern Europe was produced in Rijeka
  • The first museum in Croatia was founded in Trsat in 1843
  • The first photo of a gunshot was taken here
  • The only preserved lifebelt in the world, from the Titanic, can be found here


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Call for Applications - Biotechnology for the Life Sciences International graduate/masters research program, academic year 2023/2024

The Department of Biotechnology is happy to announce that applications are now open for students wishing to begin the graduate/research program “Biotechnology for the Life Sciences” in October 2023. Biotechnology for the Life Sciences is a research focussed program, taught entirely in English, aimed at students aiming to pursue a career in life sciences research, either in academia or industry. Notably, the first year includes two 8-week long research apprenticeships in research laboratories, while the entire second year is dedicated to an in depth original research project.

Interested students should download and complete the application form and submit it to us, along with the other documents requested in it, to us by email ( by 31st March 2023. This call is open to students from any country, and of any nationality. More information can be found in the Call for Applications. Please feel free to email us ( if you have any questions. The tuition fees for the course are €4500 per year, and apply to applicants of all nationalities.

Depending on applicant numbers, a second call may be issued with a deadline of July 2023, however this second call will only be applicable for students that do not need a visa to travel to the Republic of Croatia (such as EU citizens).