Department of International Studies
The program offering Croatian language studies in School of Modern Languages began in February 1983. Macquarie University was one of the first tertiary institutions in the world where identity and autonomy of Croatian language, culture and literature were taught. Macquarie is a national provider of Croatian Studies in Australia.
Ministry of Science, Education and Sport, Republic of Croatia
Besides continuing financial support from the Croatian Studies Foundation, Croatian Studies at Macquarie has received generous financial support from the Croatian government, with the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport supporting Croatian Studies since 1998.
In March 2014, the Prime Minister of Croatia, Mr Zoran Milanović, visited Macquarie University. During this visit a tripartite agreement was signed between the Croatian government, Macquarie University and the Croatian Studies Foundation. The agreement secures a five-year funding commitment on behalf of Croatian government.
Information about Croatian Speaking Countries
The Croatian language is the official language of the Republic of Croatia and one of the three official languages in the neighbouring Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Croatian language is also spoken by members of national minorities in Croatia as well as by autochthonous Croatian ethnic and linguistic minorities in Austria, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Croatian is also spoken within the Croatian linguistic communities in a number of other European countries (Germany, Sweden, Switzerland) and overseas communities (Australia, Canada, USA).
As of July 2013 Croatian is one of twenty-four official languages of the European Union.