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Croatia: heritage conservation, art, and classical civilization

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The Program

The cultural heritage of a nation, of a people, encompasses both past and present, the tangible and intangible. It is reflected in ancient monuments and contemporary art, in medieval street patterns and modern architecture, in traditional foods and the latest fashion in music. Cultural heritage is complicated, and so are nations. The Croatia Maymester Abroad is an exploration of the cultural heritage of Croatia, its storied past, its exciting present, and most importantly, its people.

The 2020 program will utilize an interdisciplinary approach to exploring heritage built around the intersection of art, classical civilization, and historic preservation. Courses will be taught by UGA faculty from the Lamar Dodd School of Art, the Franklin College Classics Department, and the College of Environment and Design. There will be a focus on student fieldwork, and the active exploration of Croatian culture and heritage. Students will also enjoy considerable engagement with Croatian scholars and students from Croatian universities, and a wide range of Croatians actively involved in culture and the arts. 

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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 – CED Field Studies in Heritage Conservation and Art in Croatia

2020 Program Brochure

The Place

The program will explore three diverse regions of Croatia – the Zagreb region, the nation’s heartland, capitol and largest city; Istria, a mountainous peninsula adjoining Slovenia and Italy, and Dalmatia, a beautiful coastal region of islands and classical culture. For ten days, the program will be based in the Dalmatian city of Zadar, where the modern and the historic combine to create one of Croatia’s most dynamic and exciting towns, named by the New York Times as one of the 52 Places to Go in 2019. The Zadar region is a place to explore Roman ruins and Venetian architecture, see contemporary art installations, and enjoy traditional cuisine in a beautiful natural setting on the Dalmatian coast. Zadar, like other historic Mediterranean cities facing increased development, makes an excellent laboratory for studying the ways in which cultural heritage, especially art and built heritage, are used to define a modern Croatian nation.
Today Croatia is a stable, peaceful, easygoing country that is a member of the European Union. Less than 30 years ago, however, it was the scene of bitter conflict as the nation sought independence from Yugoslavia. That hard-won victory has put renewed emphasis on Croatian traditions that have kept alive a spirit of nationhood through centuries of foreign domination.  


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Our Itinerary

When finalized, the itinerary will be posted as soon as possible. 

The Cost

The estimated program fee for the 2020 program is $2,800 ($2,500 fee and $300 deposit). The program fee includes room (double occupancy), breakfast, a number of group meals, local transportation while in Croatia; scheduled field trips and site admissions; and medical insurance. Additional expenses not included in the program fee are tuition and university fees (which may be partially covered by the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship), airfare, lunch and dinner where group meals are not provided, and spending money. 

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.

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