For more information:

Hatidza Mulic, Director
Lamar Dodd School of Art

Keith Langston
Germanic and Slavic Studies






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 Program:

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 standing.

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.

Our Itinerary

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.

Zagreb, 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.

Makarska is 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 Cost:

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.

Financial Aid:

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.