UGA/Franklin College Croatia Study Abroad
Croatian Society and Culture
News: Our program will be going on hiatus in 2016 due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope to return in Maymester 2017!
The Croatia Maymester Study Abroad Program offers students
the opportunity to earn six hours credit studying various aspects
of Croatian culture and society while traveling through this
beautiful and fascinating country. Courses are taught by UGA
faculty and use active engagement approaches that will take
students into different regions and allow them to interact with
scholars from Croatian universities and research institutes,
local government officials, leaders of non-governmental organizations,
and citizens from different walks of life.
The Croatia Maymester Study Abroad Program is open
to all undergraduate and graduate students with good academic
To apply, visit the Office of International Education GoAbroad Portal:
UGA-Franklin Croatia Maymester Study Abroad
The Place: From the Adriatic to the Danube
Croatia is a beautiful and culturally rich country with
crystal-clear seas, more than 1,100 islands, countless beaches
and harbors, unspoiled villages, mountains, vineyards, Roman
ruins, medieval towns, and baroque cities. You find a rich
cultural heritage everywhere you look . The Romans and
Venetians left a Latin influence on the coast, while the
interior's Central European heritage is a legacy of the
Austro-Hungarian Empire. Today Croatia is a stable, peaceful,
easygoing country and the most recent member admitted to the
European Union. Just over two decades ago, however,
it was the scene of bitter conflict as the nation sought
independence from Yugoslavia. That hard-won victory put renewed emphasis on Croatian traditions that have kept
alive a spirit of nationhood through centuries of foreign
domination. Architecture, craft, costume, literature, music,
dance and cuisine are all part of this cultural revival.
During our visit, we will explore different regions of the
country, using major cities as a base for field trips into
the surrounding areas.
We will use the cities of Zagreb, Pula, and Makarska as bases
and will make field trips to sites in the surrounding areas,
covering all of the distinct geographical
regions of Croatia.
in the interior of the country, is the capital of Croatia.
It has the energy of a large, modern city while retaining
a 19th-century Central European flavor. From Zagreb we will
visit nearby rural areas such as Zagorje, known
for its beautiful forested hills, vineyards, and castles,
and other regions to the south and east.
Pula has been inhabited since before the Roman period, and boasts one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres. Pula will serve as a base for exploring the beautiful Istrian peninsula.
a small resort town in a magnificent location on the southern
Dalmatian coast. From here we will explore sites on the coast from Split to Dubrovnik, as well as a making a trip to one of the coastal islands and inland to Bosnia and Hercegovina.
The program fee for the 2015 Croatia Maymester Study Abroad was $2900, and we do our best to keep this fee as low as possible. The program fee includes room (double occupancy), two meals a day, and local transportation while in Croatia; scheduled field trips; and medical insurance. Additional expenses not included are tuition and university fees (which may be partially covered by the HOPE Scholarship), airfare, one meal a day, and spending money. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from Croatia.
The HOPE scholarship and other types of student financial aid that you may already be receiving can be applied towards tuition and fees. Although no program-specific scholarships are available, the program is partly supported by a generous endowment by Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Phillips, which allows us to keep our program fee low. Students
interested in scholarships should check with the Office
of International Education for other sources of funding.