The reform of the Croatian higher education was initiated by the need to increase its quality and competitiveness, to harness universities, polytechnics and colleges for the purpose of economic and social development, as well as to integrate the system as a whole into the international education space. Considering the reforms undertaken so far, the paper aims to establish the attitudes of ... [Show full abstract] polytechnic students in informatics on higher education system, the chosen course of study and study conditions. The research attempted to create an information base that is required for an objective assessment and evaluation of the changes brought about by the Bologna process implementation. Furthermore, the paper surveyed the differences in perceptions between students in informatics and their peers enrolled in other courses of study. The obtained results show that polytechnic students' perception of the higher education system, the chosen course of study and study conditions is not sufficiently positive, which indicates they need to be revised and upgraded. It was especially alarming to find that the assessments of students enrolled in informatics programmes were generally lower than those of other students. The relevance of this study lies in the fact that opinions of the Croatian polytechnic students on the analyzed issues have so far been disregarded.