The UNCW in Croatia program takes place in in Dubrovnik and students will take courses at Libertas International University (formerly known as DIU Libertas International University). Libertas is the first private university in Croatia, ideally situated along the Adriatic Sea and located within the ancient city walls of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik’s unique diplomatic and economic history makes it the perfect location to pursue the study of international affairs. Courses at Libertas focus on international relations, diplomacy, peace and conflict studies, and international business, and are intimate and immersive in nature. Libertas attracts first-rate faculty from across the world, and all of its professors have served as active practitioners in their chosen field: they represent a group comprised of former ambassadors, ministers, economists, CEOs, artistic directors, and other business and political leaders. This combination of academic prestige and real-world experience will ensure that Libertas students are exposed to programs and courses that balance the theoretical with the practical.
The Surrounding Area
The city of Dubrovnik is recognized throughout the world for its beauty, but its history is also extremely unique. It provides an ideal setting to study diplomacy, international relations, trade, the fall and rise of civilizations, and art.
The UNCW in Croatia program includes cultural activities and excursions to places such as the Elafiti Islandas, Bosnia, Montenegro, Plitvice Lakes, Italy, Split and Zagreb. Students can also explore the beauty of this coastal city, including the City Walls, Cathedral, the Trsteno Arboretum and going sailing and kayaking. Students may also recognize filming locations from Game of Thrones throughout the historical city.
- Degree-seeking student
- At least Sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.75+ GPA at time of application
The international relations and diplomacy courses offer an interdisciplinary approach to the constantly evolving field of international relations. Students consider a wide range of contemporary issues in international relations, from globalization to international organizations and international law to the role of civil society in global governance.
The majority of courses are taught in English in an intimate setting with an average of less than 10 students per course. The student body consists of a diverse group of international and Croatian students. API students may also elect to take an introductory Croatian language course during their time at Libertas.
Most LIU professors are working diplomats or professionals in their field of study; few live in Dubrovnik. Since they are coming from abroad or from the Croatian capital of Zagreb, course schedules are designed to accommodate their availability. Consequently, some courses are offered only once per week throughout the fifteen-week semester, with each class lasting for four hours. Other courses are taught in an intensive fashion, lasting just one month in total and meeting multiple times per week for 3-4 hours each class period.
Typically student apartments are located in one of the best known areas of Dubrovnik, called “Ploce” which is a very safe, central, residential area near University (5 minutes walking distance). As much as as it’s in a great area, it’s also known as the area with the most steps! Keep in mind that as a historical, European town Dubrovnik is built up in the coastal hills therefore, you can’t walk anywhere without going up some steps. Apartments offer single bedrooms with bed linens, a living area, fully-stocked kitchen, and many have air conditioning and washing machines as well.
Academic Year Dates
Early September- Early June
Fall Semester Dates
Early September- Mid-December
Spring Semester Dates
Early February- Early June
Estimated Program Fee Spring & Fall 2019: $13,880
Estimated Program Fee AY 2019-20: $25,780
- Airport Pick-up
- On-side Coordinator
- On-site Orientation
- Language & Culture Tools
- Social & Cultural Activities
- Transit Pass
- Welcome and Farewell Group Meals
- Volunteer Opportunities
(not included in program fee)
- International airfare
- Most meals
- Passport and visa
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at www.uncw.edu/international/abroad/aid.html.
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