Croatia, the crossroad between Central and Southeast Europe, offer a perfect landscape for understanding the impact of a changing global climate. Home to rich agricultural industries for wine, olive, oil, and tuna, alongside a thriving tourist industry set against the Adriatic Sea, Croatia serves as an example for understanding how people and cultures can work with or against their natural environment for survival.
On this faculty-led program, you will see and learn about climate change from multiple perspectives, including biology, psychology, and technology. You will visit ancient cities and thriving farms across a country with vast mountains, a pristine coastline, and a growing concern for its future.
You will become more fully aware of how pervasive the impact of climate change can be—and will have the tools to mitigate its effects in your own community.
Travel Itinerary (subject to change)
- Day 1 Depart from Newark Liberty International Airport
- Day 2 Arrive in Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia
- Day 3 Explore Zagreb and visit cultural sites
- Day 4 Visit a working farm and winery for lunch and tours
- Day 5 Hike through Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Day 6 Explore the walled city, Dubrovnik
- Day 7 Company visits for clean energy and sustainable urban environments
- Day 8 Ferry across the Adriatic Sea to Split, Croatia
- Day 9 Tour of Split and Sustainable tourism visit
- Day 10 Explore walled city, Dubrovnik
International program costs, estimated at $2,300 - $2,800 (subject to change), will be applied to your bursar account upon enrollment in the course, and are charged in addition to tuition paid. Grants and scholarship monies may be retroactively available through Penn State. Underwriting for each program is provided by Penn State Abington to maximize opportunities for our students to study abroad. Program costs include round-trip airfare, local ground transportation, all lodging, and some meals.
A valid passport is required for international travel. Non-U.S. citizens may require a visa in addition to their passport. Non-U.S. citizens should consult their embassy for information and may ask the Office of Global Programs for guidance.
About Embedded Courses
Traditionally, “study abroad” meant that students spent a semester in another country and attended classes at an accredited university. Short-term, faculty led courses with an international travel component are viable alternatives as they offer solid academic international experiences at a reasonable cost with a reduced time commitment.
Students who are enrolled in a course within a faculty-led embedded course are taking an internationally focused class that includes a ten-day travel component. These study abroad programs are anchored on Penn State Abington’s campus with travel occurring over fall or spring break. Course material and lectures prepare students both academically and culturally for the short international excursion to the country of focus in the program.
Penn State Abington is committed to providing meaningful opportunities to study abroad. Exposure to other cultures is a vital step toward becoming a
The goal of the courses with an international travel component is to embed the students into the life and culture of the university and the country they visit. Therefore, including international faculty and students at the host institution in academic and cultural activities is a highly regarded and critical component of all of Abington’s faculty-led programs.