Croatia Dubrovnik Student And Ocean

Students who choose to study abroad in Dubrovnik with API 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.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Excursions

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Transit Pass

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API Application
  • University Approval Form
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Feb 4, 2022 - May 28, 2022 $14,350 Oct 15, 2021 Nov 1, 2021 Nov 1, 2021

API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Dubrovnik programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

    A rich history has left numerous historic and cultural traces in these parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, none more so than the town of Mostar. The vivid city has many cultural and religious features, including some impressive relics left by the Turkish, during the rule of the Ottoman Empire. Mostar’s most recognizable landmark is the bridge and the Old City. In this Bosnian town you can also visit Old Bazaar and a typical Turkish house.

  • Plitvice Lakes National Park

    Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeastern Euorpe, and the largest in Croatia. It contains breathtaking waterfalls, streams, and lakes, that remind you of a mashup of landscapes from Yosemite, Costa Rica, and Hawaii. The unique water features were formed by above and below ground rivers which are interconnected. The lakes are known for their unqiue colors (blues, greens and grays) which are affected by the various minerals, flora and fauna, and the angle of the sunlight.
  • Split

    Split is the second largest city in Croatia and one of the country’s oldest. Students will have the chance to see Roman emperor Diocletian’s Palace, visit one of the nearby Dalmatian islands of Hvar or Brac, and hike up Marjan Hill for a spectacular view of the city.


What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester

Students who choose to study abroad in Dubrovnik with API 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.

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 fewer 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.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

API students in Dubrovnik have the opportunity to intern with local NGOs and/or local media/news agencies. These options do not grant credit, though the organizations will be able to issue a certificate of participation. Students will be mentored throughout the process. For more information, contact the Dubrovnik Program Manager.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students receive their transcript from Libertas International University upon completion of their program.

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    Jenna Jones

    Jenna Jones will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!

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  • Ivana Bajurin

    Ivana Bajurin

    Ivana will be one of your Resident Directors in Dubrovnik and will be a resource for you on-site.

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    Nada Raic

    Nada will be one of your Resident Directors in Dubrovnik and will be a resource for you while you are in Croatia!

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COURSE STRUCTURE

The structure of the academic semester at Libertas International University is much different than traditional colleges and universities in the U.S. For example, 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 (anytime Monday – Friday) for 3-4 hours each class period. The reason for this rather unusual format is that some of the Libertas instructors are working diplomats and professionals in their respective fields and few live in Dubrovnik. Please note that in addition to the courses listed below, there will be several more course offerings. The official course schedule for each semester will become available closer to the start of the program.

CREDIT INFORMATION

While each student’s course schedule will be unique and will vary greatly depending on when the courses they select are offered, all API students in Croatia will complete the equivalent of 12-15 U.S. semester credits over the fifteen-week period. All courses are taught in English with the exception of any language courses. API advises students to select 6-8 courses if pre-approval is needed prior to the program start. Libertas International University offers programs spanning over 3 years rather than 4 as in the U.S. Courses are offered at the first year (lower level), second year (intermediate level); and 3rd year (higher level). API students can select from courses at any level.

Communication Skills

The students will become familiar with the basic principles of communication, models, strategies of international communication, the importance of cultural context, the basics of verbal and non-verbal communication, barriers in communication, diplomatic and international correspondence, preparation and performing presentations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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History of Diplomacy

The course covers the entire cross section of diplomatic activities, from classic international conflicts, through preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, to the redefinition of threats to collective security and the fight against modern terrorism and the resolution of modern economic inequality.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Introduction to the History of Civilizations

The course will explore the evolution of six major civilizations, Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Hindu, and Chinese. The goal of the course is to provide students with critical understanding of the history of civilizations 2019 tradition, and what this tradition means today in the age of globalization.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Introduction to International Relations

This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to international relations as a basis of their academic professional profile. It shows an overview of the world of international relations in an era of globalization. Students will understand the complexity of politics and political patterns of interaction in the world and not only between states and will learn the different dynamics, processes and issues facing the contemporary international system.

The introduction to the discipline of international relations its main approaches, concepts and instruments of analysis will enable students to analyse and think how the interrelated parts of the international system connect, interrelate and interact.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Introduction to Social Research Methods

This first-year course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills needed to understand, explain, interpret and conduct basic research in the social sciences with emphasis on political science. They will be introduced to the principles of social scientific research, learn how to formulate, prove and disprove hypotheses, learn how to interpret measurements, and design their own research projects.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Comparative Political Systems

This course provides an introduction to comparative politics through the study of various case studies, theories, and readings.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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International Organizations

The Course will explore the historical idea of International Organization that emerged in Europe in the 18th century its development in the 19th century, and finally its rise in the 20th century, to become the major factor in international life of states.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Qualitative vs. Quantitative: Methods of Social Research

The course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills needed to understand, explain, interpret and conduct basic research in the social sciences with emphasis on political science. They will be introduced into the principles of social scientific research, learn how to formulate, prove and disprove hypotheses, learn how to interpret measurements, and design their own research projects. Additionally, they will learn how to approach their own thesis work with honesty and thoroughness.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Diplomacy

The overall aim of the third-year course will be to introduce students to the art of diplomacy in the Western Tradition, with an emphasis on modern diplomacy, starting in the 19th century and continuing to present-day. In particular, the course will stress the evolution of the ambassador’s role over time and how the impact of such factors as technology, communications, and ideology have affected the efficacy of the diplomatic process.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Ethics in International Relations

In this course we will analyze the role of ethics in international relations. International ethics is one of the prerequisites of global human society. Through critical analysis of various theories of international relations and through the study of various cases, we will engage students in further discussions and obtain a broader understanding of the subject.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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International Business

In this course, students will apply theories, tools, and insights found in the field of international management to common real world scenarios mainly through the use of case studies (specially from the Harvard Business Publishing). Students will demonstrate an understanding of the similarities and differences among the peoples of the world and how they affect business management. The course will discuss how various legal, political, economic, and cultural systems affect business attitudes and behavior, exploring the managerial issues related to strategic planning, human resource management, motivation, and leadership that may arise in an international context.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Current Issues in International Affairs

Course Objectives: 1. To be familiar with the major international and national issues; 2. To be able to gather information regarding these issues, to summarize their essential features, to formulate an educated opinion about them and, finally, to present and defend such opinion orally or in a written form; 3. To develop and practice communication skills including critical thinking.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

This course introduces students to the fields of negotiation and conflict resolution from a historical, analytical, and psychological perspective. Topics will include an overview of the history of conflict resolution, an analysis of modern-day conflicts and their resolutions, including case-studies such as Bosnia, Northern Ireland, and the Israeli-Palestine conflict, theories of causes and preventions of violent conflict, and ways to successfully resolve conflicts.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Highlights
  • Courses in English and Croatian

API students in Dubrovnik are housed in a student residence hall. The very modern residence hall is conveniently located in central Dubrovnik. Students are housed in air-conditioned double rooms with a shared bathroom. Each room has a safe, fridge, air-conditioning, T.V. and WiFi. In the building, students have access to kitchenettes, on-site dining options, study rooms, a gym, and laundry facilities.

Meals are not included with housing options in Dubrovnik.

Shared Room
Bathroom
Dorm Building
Outside Dorms
Reception
Shared Kitchenette
Shared Room 2
Shared Room 3