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  • Locations: Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Program Terms: Summer I
  • Restrictions: AppState applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer I
Fact Sheet:
Type of Program:
Apartment (shared)
Minimum GPA:
2.5 or by Professor Permission Faculty-Led Program Status: Cancelled
College: College of Arts & Science Credits: 6 credits
Class Standing: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

Program Description

This four-week study abroad experience (6 credits) offers students an opportunity to experience the culture of another country while pursuing interdisciplinary academic credit for a Psychology course and an English course. Students will based in the ancient city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. where they will attend classes taught by the program leaders and make local excursions to get to know the city and other nearby sites. The city of Dubrovnik is located along the southern end of the magnificent Dalmatian coast of Croatia and will be a perfect spot for making longer expeditions to neighboring islands and other historical sites.

Human Growth & Development (PSY3210) uses a life-span approach to understand the physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional domains of human development using a cross-cultural approach. In the course students will be exposed to developmental milestones that are relevant for each age. These distinct developmental concepts across the lifespan will be used to enrich the fictional creative writing that students will do in the Creative Writing: Beginning Fiction (ENG 3652) course. In ENG 3652, students will become Flâneurs, strolling the streets and alleys of Dubrovnik and Mostar, observing the young and old and everyone in between. Ultimately, students will use those observations, along with insights taken from PSY 3210, to write their stories. 

Students will begin preparing for the program with three pre-departure meetings and eight pre-departure assignments These meetings and assignments will be essential for preparing students to understand how to be safe during international travel, to learn about basic Croatian culture, language, and history, and to begin foundational coursework. In Croatia, students will be exposed to Croatian culture and its relevance to the course through a combination of regular classes, academically-relevant local excursions, class readings, discussions, and through their analytic and creative writing. Our mornings will be spent in the classroom, while our afternoons and evening will be spent soaking up Croatian culture, while evening will be reserved for reflecting on experiences through studying and writing.

Croatia offers a unique travel and learning opportunity because it has experienced many shifts in cultural identity depending on the ruling powers (Illyrians, Roman, Slavs, Venetian, Byzantine). In addition to a fascinating prehistoric and ancient history, Croatia is unique because it straddles Eastern and Western Europe. Relevant academic excursions will include several that are located in Dubrovnik, such as museum tours and visits with non-profit organizations. Venturing further outside of the city will enable students to have access to several nature-based activities, such hiking at the Plitvice Lakes National Park and exploring the Elaphiti Islands. Students will also have one historical and cultural experience outside of Dubrovnik including, a tour of war-torn city Mostar in neighboring Bosnia.


PSY 2210 – Human Growth & Development – 3 credits
ENG 3652 – Creative Writing: Prose (Fiction) – 3 credits 

Program Cost

All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OIED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.

Paid to Appalachian State
  6 credits
App Tuition & Fees1 Student Accounts
Program Cost2 $5,289.25
1Tuition and fees for summer programs can be found at this link. After selecting the appropriate summer tuition and fees cost sheet scroll down to "Study Abroad Rates". Please note that summer tuition and fees are updated during the spring semester.
2Program Cost includes in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, and OIED/CCS administrative fee.

Estimated Additional Costs
Airfare $1000-1500
Meals $400-750
Housing Security Deposit1 $100
Personal Expenses2 $300-500
Visa3 $0
Passport $150
1Students will submit a housing security deposit directly to API.
2Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel, and entertainment, etc. 
3Some non-US citizens may need to apply for a visa prior to entering Croatia. 

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted. 
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheet.

Payment Schedule
  Amount Deadline
Deposit $300 Submit with application
1st Payment $1,500.08 01/31/20
2nd Payment $2,370.08 02/29/20
Final Payment $1,119.09 03/31/20

Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.  Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal policy can be found at this link.

Financial Aid

If you plan to use any form of financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) to participate in a short-term, faculty-led education abroad program, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps before applying to the program:
  1. Complete your FAFSA for the academic year in which the program is offered. Please be mindful of Financial Aid deadlines!
  2. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website at Read all the information carefully.
  3. Go to the Office of Financial Aid on the second floor of the JET Building to discuss your financial aid eligibility with Laura Blalock PRIOR to applying to the program.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


Program Itinerary

The international component of this course will run from 6/7/20 (arrival in Dubrovnik) to 7/5/20 (departure from Dubrovnik).

Pre-Program Meetings

Dates and times TBD.


Program Leaders

Dr. Amy Galloway

Dr. Mark Powell


How to Apply

    • Log in to AppalNET/Banner Self-Service.
    • Select the "Direct Link to Web Self-Service" using your AppState username and password.
    • Select the Student Tab.
    • Scroll down and click on the "Faculty-Led Study Abroad Application Packet*" link.
    • Select the program-specific application form from the programs drop-down menu.
    • Fill out, save, and submit the online application.
    • Walk to the Office of Student Accounts, located on the 2nd floor of the John E. Thomas building and pay by cash, check, or debit card.
      • Give the name and term of your program to the Cashier who will look up the deposit charge on your account (e.g., Poland COM Summer 1).
      • Pay the non-refundable deposit by check, cash, debit card, or money order.
    • Pay through the Touchnet online payment system.  If using the Touchnet system please make sure that you are making the payment for the international charges.  Please see the Touchnet Payment Instructions.pdf
    • Walk to the Office of International Education and Development (OIED), located on the 3rd floor of Plemmons Student
         Union, Suite 321.
    • OIED will make your enrollment official upon reception of your signed paper application and verification of deposit payment.
All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OiED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Evening workshops are also available. For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.

You will NOT be enrolled in the program until you have completed all 5 steps above.

You are strongly encouraged to share the information contained in the Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form with your family and loved ones (including the Student Handbook), before submitting your application.


Programs are open until full. If a program is full, the Faculty-led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form for that program will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to apply. The application deadline is February 5, 2020 but applications are accepted on a rolling basis so students are encouraged to apply early.

Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.