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  • Locations: Ljubljana, Slovenia; Porec, Croatia; Pula, Croatia; Split, Croatia; Zadar, Croatia; Zagreb, Croatia
  • Program Terms: Maymester
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Partner Institution: University of Zadar
Type of Instruction: Research/Fieldwork, Site Visits/Discussion Classes With: U.S. Student
Taught By: Host Professor(s), UGA/U.S. Professors(s) Housing Type: Hotel/Hostel, Private Apartment
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: No College/School: Environment and Design, Lamar Dodd School of Art
Academic Area: Cultural Heritage, Cultural Landscapes, Historic Preservation Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0 or above
Program Description:


This program will not be running in 2020. For more information about 2021, please contact the program director.


UGA - CED - Croatia: Heritage Conservation, Art, and Archaeolog

The 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, and the ways in which people interact with their environment. Heritage is complicated, and so are nations. The Croatia Maymester Abroad is an exploration of Croatian heritage, 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 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. 

Program Location: Zadar, Croatia

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.   The class will visit southern Slovenia and the Capital, Ljubljana and spend 10 days in Zadar, an 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.  The program will visit a World War II concentration camp, an important natural area with vernacular log houses, castles, the home of Croatia's post-WWII leader Tito, and other interesting sites.
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.  


Academic Program

HIPR 4070/6070 Regional Studies in Heritage Conservation (Pre-requisites will be waived)
CLAS 4305/6305 The Archaeology of Roman, Late Antique, and Medieval Croatia [Selected Topics in Ancient Civilization]

The program offers three courses, of which students will choose two: one focused on art, another concerned with built heritage, and a third concentrating on archaeology. All three courses, however, share a common goal – a better understanding of Croatia through an exploration of its cultural heritage. Students will spend considerable time 'in the field', actively exploring, and analyzing, the art or the built heritage of the cities of Zagreb, Zadar, Pula, Split, and other places we will visit. Through this active study, and through interaction with Croatians engaged in these fields, students will gain an understanding of Croatia and the way in which cultural heritage reflects – and perhaps influences – a national identity.

In HIPR 4070/6070 students will first discover the richness of Croatia's built heritage, and especially the many layers of Zadar's architectural history, stretching from the Roman and Byzantine eras, through the medieval period, to the twentieth-century Communist regime. We will then examine how this built heritage has been managed, with specific reference to current issues in heritage conservation including the increasing pressures of tourism and the challenge of incorporating new architecture into historic places.

In CLAS 4305/6305 students will encounter the archaeology of Roman and Late Antique Croatia via engagement with sites such as the amphitheater and temple of Pula, Diocletian’s Palace at Split, and the ruined city of Salona. Students will learn to contextualize these monuments in terms of Roman and medieval architecture and urbanism, and to appreciate how their histories were produced in the context of nineteenth to twenty-first century archaeological practice, and packaged for modern tourism today.


 Program Itinerary
This is a working itinerary and subject to change.


Housing will be double occupancy in a hotels.  Breakfast and some group meals will be provided, other meals will be on your own. All meals are covered when in Zadar. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from Croatia. There are no direct flights from the US to Zagreb. A transfer will be required at a major European airport. The Program Coordinator can provide a referral to a travel agent for assistance in booking on request.  

Program Costs

See "Cost of Attendance" sheet at the top of this brochure for dollar estimates. ($2,800 including $300 deposit) Basic cost breakdown for study abroad includes:

  • Program fee for student travel (including accommodations, group excursions, meals, etc.);
  • Tuition and fees for academic courses;
  • International airfare estimate; and
  • Personal spending money estimate.  
Speak with a UGA Financial Aid Advisor about how to apply the HOPE scholarship and other financial aid to study abroad expenses

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. 


  • Satisfactory academic and disciplinary records, and strong references.
  • Enrollment is limited (Likewise, a minimum enrollment count must be met to confirm program).
  • Pre-requisite courses, if any, will not be enforced.

Admission Process

Admissions are rolling after the February 29, 2020 decision date, and only applications marked "complete" by that time will receive a decision. Admission decisions will be sent via the application portal. Students will have a limited time to accept or decline an admission offer before the spot passes to another candidate. Students who accept the offer of admission must pay a non-refundable $300 deposit to confirm their place in the program and register for courses.

Contact Information

Dr. James Reap, Program Co-Director
College of Environment and Design

Phone: 706-542-4706 

101 Denmark Hall
115 Bocock Street
Athens, GA 30602-1845

 Dr. Wayde Brown, Course Leader
College of Environment and Design

Phone: 706-542-4700

210 Denmark Hall
115 Bocock Street
Athens, GA 30602-1845

Jordan Pickett
Jordan Pickett, Course Leader
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Classics

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Program Reviews:
Sarah Marie Anderson, Maymester 2019 Participant
The Croatia Maymester is an unforgettable experience jam-packed with fun, interesting, and educational experiences. The food is amazing and the culture is incredible. I will never get over walking among 1st century ruins on a daily basis.

Brennan Elizabeth Mitchell, Maymester 2019 Participant
This experience was amazing!! I was in an unfamiliar situation with people that I didn't know and it forced me to grow and adapt which I so appreciate now. I learned so much about myself, Croatia & its culture, and made some of the best friends ever!

Maymester 2019 Participant
I loved that we were able to see places not normally seen by the public as got to see some "behind the scenes" archeology work.

Daniel Coda Figiel, Maymester 2019 Participant
I had no idea what to expect but if I did, what we experienced would have blown them out of the water.

Maymester 2019 Participant
All of the locations, facilities, transportation, excursions were safe and reliable. There was never a point on the trip where i felt vulnerable or unsafe.

Daniel Coda Figiel, Maymester 2019 Participant
Academic workload was perfect in my opinion. We were give assignment that helped us learn but weren't too overbearing where we could not enjoy our time as well.

Bennett Edward Hardee, Maymester 2019 Participant
The Croatia Maymester has been by far the most enjoyable and educational experience I have had while at UGA. The professors, people, and Croatians you meet and interact with make the trip a constantly positive experience. I would recommend this program to anybody who has the opportunity to go and learn more about a nation and geographical area that is often underrepresented in study abroad programs at other universities!

Maymester 2019 Participant
Hands down worth every penny.

Maymester 2019 Participant
The Croatian students and professors were easy to talk to and interact with throughout the entire trip. We also had plenty of opportunities to interact with locals and other Croats.

Sarah Marie Anderson, Maymester 2019 Participant
All of the locations that we stayed at were beautiful and comfortable and I always felt very safe.

I think it helped me develop myself. It put me in an uncomfortable situation where I knew no one and had to adapt and grow.
     — Brennan Mitchell, Maymester 2019
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This program is currently not accepting applications.