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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. Maymester students will take one course from a variety of fields including hospitality and tourism, diplomacy and political studies, and international business.

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation



Resident Director


Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Additional supplemental materials
  • Entry Requirements: valid passport
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Maymester May 9, 2021 - May 30, 2021 $3,700 Feb 1, 2021 Feb 15, 2021

*Please note this program will not run Maymester 2021.

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Dubrovnik programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Elafiti Islands

    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.

  • Lokrum Island

    Visit Lokrum Nature and Special Forest Vegetation Reserve just a short boat ride from Dubrovnik Old Town. Participate in a guided tour, visit the Botanic Garden, a small lake called Dead Sea, a Benedictine monastery complex, the Olive Grove and Game of Thrones museum. There will also be time for swimming, relaxing and exploring the Island including Fortress Royal, which is on the highest peak of Lokrum.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 3 semester credits

Maymester students will take one course from a variety of fields including hospitality and tourism, diplomacy and political studies, and international business. 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. Many Libertas instructors are working diplomats and professionals in their respective fields which allows students to learn directly from a source of great industry knowledge who actively practice what they teach.


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

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    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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    Rebecca Cott

    Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!


All Maymester courses are taught in English in an intimate setting with an average of fewer than 10 students per course. Students will select one of the following courses, each worth 3 semester credits.

Tourism vs. Cultural Tourism

The overall aim of this course will be to introduce students in tourism in old core of Dubrovnik, its benefits and risks. It will examine the nature of maintenance, protection, restoration and management of the site. Lectures will familiarize with the activities of local government, NGOs, schools and other subjects involved.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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International Business

This course examines the strategic and operational issues that arise from the international nature of multinational corporations’ activities. Issues covered include alternative internationalization strategies, interaction between firms and governments, dealing with global competitors, and staffing and organizational implications of cross-border operations. Students who take this course will have an improved understanding of cultural differences and career management in global organizations. Course materials will include examples from companies around the world, focusing on Europe, China, India and the United States.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Theory and Practice of Diplomacy

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.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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  • Courses in English

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). As much as it’s in a great area, it’s 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, wifi, and many have air conditioning and washing machines as well.

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