Study Abroad in Croatia

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Experience the beautiful country of Croatia!

This is an experiential study abroad program which allows students to enjoy and experience the entire country of Croatia.  Each day is filled with culture, information and new experiences!  Croatia is a beautiful southern European country with a rich heritage of Austrian, Italian and Slavic influences.  We have been taking students to Croatia to learn about public health for 11 years and we love it!  Please come along with us this year!

Courses Offered

HPRB 4180:  Health Issues in Croatia

HPRB 7160:  Croatia:  Health Issues in a Transitional Country

EHSC 4900:  Global and Environmental Public Health Issues

EHSC 7900:  Integrative Global Environmental and Public Health

Academic Program

Each student  must register for 2 courses (6 credit hours).  Each course requires daily journaling; sometimes journal entries are guided by faculty questions and other times the student discovers content throughout the daily schedule.  A research paper is due in the middle of July and the journal is submitted at the same time.  Attendance and participation is required daily.  Occasionally there are short written assignments.

The intent is to have students be present during daily activities.  Information is gathered during each day’s events and experiences and then is supplemented by research once the student returns home.

Application Information

     Apply Now  (OIE Program Portal)


Program Cost

Program Fee:  $2,900 (approximately)

This fee includes:

  • all in-country accommodations
  • at least 2 meals per day
  • all entry into museums and local attractions
  • insurance
  • transportation in-country. 

This fee does not include airfare, one meal per day and spending money. 

A deposit of $300 is due by February 14

The remaining program fee of $2,400 is due by April 15.  These are deadlines of course, so fees can be paid earlier.

This fee is one of the lowest on campus for a Maymester program.  The reason that the program can offer so much content for such a low fee, is that this program has been endowed by Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence V. Phillips with a generous gift which supports the program financially and keeps student costs low.


Dr. Carol Cotton, Health Promotion and Behavior, College of Public Health.

Dr. Cotton has been a faculty member of the Croatia Maymester program since it's beginning in 2006.  For 11 consecutive years, she has taught public health in Croatia and will begin her second year as program director.  Dr. Cotton's family is from Croatia and she enjoys spending time with relatives after the program is over. 

Dr. Marsha Black, Environmental Health Science, College of Public Health. 


'Dr. Black has been with the Croatia program for 2 years after leading study abroad groups in Vietnam and Costa Rica.  Her specialty area is aquatic toxicology.

Both these faculty members are excited about the new opportunities afforded by a tailored and specialized public health study abroad program, the first of it's kind in Croatia.















Program Itinerary

The program begins on May 9th and ends May 30th, the entire length of the UGA Maymester. The program starts in the capital city of Zagreb. In Zagreb, we stay in a centrally located hotel and utilize the facilities of the University of Zagreb, College of Medicine campus for daily lectures and classes.  Students will also hear from faculty at the internationally respected Andrija Stampar School of Public Health.  Outings from Zagreb include a trip to the World Heritage Site Plitvice Lakes, and to the rural area of the Zumberak.  The students will experience an evening dinner in a family owned vineyard, as well as learn about access to the health care system in a big city. The program stays in Zagreb for approximately 1 week.

For the next 4-5 days, the program moves to Slavonski Brod, to learn from our colleagues at the Institute of Public Health.  Here the students will learn what work is managed by the staff including working with the Roma population, what pollution from a nearby petroleum plant means to the local population, as well as experiencing some of the wonderful cultural sites in the area.  Also, the students will visit Osijek and Vukovar, places most profoundly impacted by the fighting during the war of independence.  Students will hear from speakers who experienced the war first hand, and will visit the site of some of the fiercest fighting, including the local hospital.  On this part of the trip, students will also visit a WWII work/concentration camp/site. We stay in a local hotel in Slavonski Brod.

From the far eastern part of Croatia, the program travels west, to the coast, first visiting Rijeka and then the Istrian peninsula.  Colleagues at the University of Rijeka will interact with students and discuss topics such as nutrition, stress and chronic disease.  A local doctor at the nearby public hospital will guide the students on a tour of this interesting facility and answer student questions about how the public hospital serves the needs of the local population.  Students will also see a beautiful hilltop town, typical of this area, the Roman amphitheater in Pula and have lunch on the Adriatic coast. Students will stay in a Rijeka hotel for about 2 nights.

Lastly, the group moves to the Dalmatian coast for the final week of the program.  Makarska is the home in this area, and we stay in apartments in this lovely seaside town.  From here, we take day trip to Split to taste olive oil, see Diocletian's Palace, and experience ancient culture.  We visit Dubrovnik, the iconic walled city, made recently famous by the filming of Game of Thrones.  We spend the day walking the ancient walls, visiting a local women's refugee co-op, and enjoying local gelato.  We also visit Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovnia.  This divided city is a perfect place to learn about the impact religion has on health and to hear from a local guide about the difficulties of trying to put a city back together again after the tragedy of war has torn it apart.  We walk across the iconic Mostar Bridge and enjoy local cuisine.  We also hike into the Biokovo Mountains behind Makarska, and we have a final traditional dinner of locally prepared foods, accompanied by local musicians.

Students will arrive and depart from Zagreb.

Many students over the past 11 years have decided to stay in Europe after the program to travel.  It is convenient and fun!

Transportation throughout the country is by large commercial coach bus, which is driven by a professional driver.