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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.
*Please note this API program will not be offered on-site for Spring 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.
The Elafiti Islands are a small archipelago of islands northwest of Dubrovnik. API students may visit the neighboring inhabited islands of Lopud, Kalamota, and Šipan. Full of peaceful woodlands, vineyards, orchards, and summer homes, these small islands are easily explored by foot and are a great spot for a relaxing day trip.
The capital and largest city the Republic of Croatia, Zagreb has a population of nearly 800,000. Parts of its old city bring to mind images of other Central European capitals such as Budapest, Prague, and Vienna. The Gornji grad (upper town) and Donji grad (lower town) are considered the cultural heart(s) of the city. Students will have the chance to see many of Zagrebs attractions – both old and new – including the Old Town Gate, the new Museum of Contemporary Art, the traditional Dolac Market, and the Strossmayer šetalište (a popular promenade offering stunning views over the city rooftops).
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.
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.
With an almost uninterrupted history as an important center of power for more than two millennia, Rome is as close to eternal as it gets. The “Eternal City” was once the administrative center of the mighty Roman Empire, governing a vast region that stretched all the way from Britain to Mesopotamia. Today, it remains the seat of the Italian government and the world’s biggest open air museum.
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.
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.
API students receive their transcript from Libertas International University upon completion of their program.
Ivana will be one of your Resident Directors in Dubrovnik and will be a resource for you on-site.
Nada will be one of your Resident Directors in Dubrovnik and will be a resource for you while you are in Croatia!
Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
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.
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.
The purpose of this course is to get students acquainted with the different views, ideas and practices of the major world religions with an emphasis on their role in shaping the systems of values and thought of the cultures where these religions are dominant. In addition to giving students an historical and general overview, this course will also allow them to explore some of the social and political issues related to these world religions.
Language of Instruction: English
Recommended US semester credits: 3
This course introduces the basic concepts and techniques of statistics. Topics include: the description of data; simple probability; binomial and normal distribution; confidence interval estimation; hypothesis testing; simple regression and chi-squared distribution.
Note: This course in not open to STEM students who should take MAT 280 Statistics for Science Majors.
This course helps students participate in political life and debates about current and eternal political questions. It will also help students to better understand and use political concepts, to discern between different ideologies and parties, to understand political structures, institutions, rules, and processes.
This course introduces students to the basic principles of economics and economic theory. The course will cover topics including supply and demand as the basic elements of the market, analysis of the behavior of economic subjects such as individuals and businesses and explanation of their market interactions, basic theories of production and expenses, and the functioning of concurrent markets.
Recommended US semester credits: 3
This course aims to prepare students to express their thoughts and ideas in English within the conventions of academic writing. The course provides students with strategies to use when writing essays in a variety of situations related to their academic disciplines. Its approach emphasizes process, training and practice in writing and critical reading.
This second-year course introduces students to the basic principles of Law. Generally, to distinct legal systems and legal institutions and subjects. This course will mostly cover topics and key issues of the international law; analysis international law subjects such as states, international governmental organizations, entities, and some individuals and their role in the international community.
This second-year course introduces students to the mainstream theories/perspectives (realism, idealism, constructivism, (neo)marxism) and issues (modernization and development, gender and globalization) in international relations. The goal of the course is to explain the above-mentioned theories and issues and show how they apply to world events and processes.
The course is designed to introduce students to the history, the political institutions and the political economy of the European Union. Whenever possible, we shall compare the Union's institutional arrangements and its political economy to that of the United States. Topics will include the theory of economic integration, fiscal federalism, contemporary decision making in the Union and assessment of democratic institutions in Europe.
The term “geopolitics” and its cognates emerged at the very end of the nineteenth century in connection to new forms of nationalism and inter-imperialist competition in Europe and the world. Emphasizing the mutually constitutive relationship among power, place, and knowledge, geopolitics has most often been associated with a “realist” and state- centric approach to international relations. This third-year course is both a theoretical and conceptual history of geopolitics as the term has been defined and applied over the past hundred years, and will start with broad emphasis on medieval geopolitics. The unit of analysis will be the medieval sovereign state as well as medieval church state. Within this context a phenomenon of war will be considered first as an ontological category and second as one of the key means and resources in global geopolitical context. A history of geopolitics will also be considered. Classical text in geopolitical thought will be presented to students. Finally, contemporary geopolitics will be considered from the structure and agency approach.
Language of Instruction: English
Language Level Required: Advanced
This third-year course prepares students for independent searches into databases of domestic and international scientific journals, proper research and quotation of used literature, development a healthy relationship with the mentor and the time they have at their disposal. The course prepares students to work in accordance with their scientific tasks and directs them towards running a successful and time-limited project of writing the final work
The Croatian Language course explores the Croatian alphabet and basic words and phrases that students can use during their stay in Dubrovnik. Usually, students meet in the morning to discover not only the language but the cultural differences and history that this location offers.
**Course subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met.
Language of Instruction: English Croatian
Language Level Required: Beginner
Why are some nations rich and others are poor? This third-year course dives into globalization through readings, videos, cases, and simulations that identify the bigger picture for how societies function. This course will analyze what is a “modern” nation with the emphasis of providing students with the tools to understand what is going on around them by doing rather than just listening.
The key aim of the second-year course is to help the students form a non-biased understanding of the key discourses concerning the rise and fall of Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia was and remains a site of competing narratives and interpretations, presented in various forms both locally and internationally, with often unpredictable moral and political effects. Hence, the course is designed so as to reflect a multitude of often dissonant voices that underpinned the state’s origins, preserved the state for a while in social-political imagination and practice, and finally contributed to its rapid, but not inevitable, dissolution in the 1990s. The course is of an interdisciplinary character, presented in a multi-media form; and it draws on ideas, reflections, and theories from different disciplines including political theory, international relations, legal theory, history, cultural studies, and critical discourse analysis.
This course explores the most important political issues since 1945 with special emphasis on political processes which had large influences on current international issues.
This second-year course presents the core ideas in economics and the basic tools that are employed in order to carry out our investigation. It describes how the market system works and the advantages of that system. Microeconomics explains how scarce resources are allocated by the price system and how the allocation of resources can be changed through the introduction of restrictions on the operation of a free market and on a competitive system of prices. This course further explores the benefits of the operation of free markets and free trade and also explores some situations in which it might be necessary for society to forsake a competitive solution and instead seek to reach a collective decision regarding the allocation and production of resources. Additionally, it will examine different types of market structure and the implications of market structure for the operation of the market and for the allocation of resources.
The overall aim of this course will be to introduce students to diplomacy in the Western tradition with an emphasis on the contemporary international politics. It will examine the nature of diplomacy, its different types and their basic characteristics. Lectures will familiarize students with the activities of diplomats, and what they contribute to the conduct of international relations, within a wider historical and theoretical context.
Language of Instruction: English
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course provides an introduction to comparative politics through the study of various case studies, theories, and readings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Typically student apartments are located in one of the best-known areas of Dubrovnik, called “Ploče” which is a very safe, central, residential area near University (5 minutes walking distance). This part of town is also known as the area with the most steps! Keep in mind that as a historical European town, Dubrovnik is built up in the coastal hills, therefore, you can’t walk anywhere without going up some steps. Apartments offer double bedrooms with bed linens, a living area, fully-stocked kitchen, and many have air conditioning and washing machines as well.