European Post-High School Semester | Committed Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to the European Post-High School Semester!


This video shows a glimpse at what your life in Croatia will be like 

Congratulations on your acceptance to the European Post-High School Semester!

Take a glimpse at what your life in Croatia will be like 

 

a student stands on a wall with Croatia in the background

Get ready for a semester to reset and reconnect to the world around you.

With the ancient city walls right outside your classroom, you’ll experience Croatia’s culture, sharpen your college-level research skills, and return home with a broader perspective, newfound passion, and increased self-confidence.

Important Dates

May 1, 2022 Pay program deposit
June 22, 2022 | 10:30-11:30 am EDT Virtual Meet & Greet: Meet other students on the program and your Croatian peer mentors, Aleksa and Jak (for students only, hosted on Zoom)
June 30, 2022 | 10:30-11:30 am EDT Virtual Meet & Greet: Introduction to Dubrovnik campus staff, faculty, and living in Croatia (for students only, hosted on Zoom)
July 1, 2022 Remainder of program fee billed
July 16, 2022 | 1:00-2:30 pm EDT Virtual Health and Safety Pre-Departure Q&A Session (Required for all students. Parents are welcome to attend. Hosted on Zoom)
August 15, 2022 Payment due date for program fee
August 28, 2022 Arrive in Dubrovnik
August 29-30, 2022 Croatia orientation
September 1, 2022 First day of classes in Dubrovnik
September 17, 2022 Day trip to Pelješac, Croatia
September 24 or 25, 2022 (Date TBA) Day trip to Neretva, Croatia
September 28-October 2, 2022 Study tour to Zagreb, Croatia and Rome, Italy
October 14-16, 2022 Weekend trip to Zadar & Split, Croatia
October 28-30, 2022 Weekend trip to Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
November 1, 2022 Croatia Holiday – All Saints Day, no classes, building closed
November 13, 2022 Day trip to Vjetrenica Cave in Bosnia and Herzegovina
November 18, 2022 Croatia Holiday – Remembrance Day, no classes, building closed
December 9, 2022 Last day of classes
December 13-19, 2022 Final exams
December 21, 2022 Program ends, last day of housing
An RIT student sits at a lab computer at RIT Croatia

Pre-Departure Planning

All participants will be required to attend a remote meeting to review important health and safety information, insurance, arrival instructions, discuss culture shock, packing, cell phones, and more. The RIT Global office will contact you with the date, time, and zoom link for the pre-departure meeting. Parents are also welcome to attend.

If you do not have a passport, you should start the application process as soon as possible. Regular processing time for U.S. passports is currently 8 to 11 weeks. To apply for a U.S. passport, check with the County Clerk’s office in the county where you reside. Your local post office may also process passport applications. Visit Travel.State.Gov for more information. 

If you already have a passport, check the expiration date. European Union regulations require that U.S. passport holders have no less than three months' validity when they depart Croatia to return to the U.S. The U.S. Embassy strongly suggests that you have at least six months of validity to avoid problems when you travel.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, follow your home country’s passport application process and be aware of processing times.
 

In order to register you for your Croatia classes and bill your remaining program costs, you will be enrolled at RIT as a non-matriculated student for the fall 2022 semester. A non-matriculated student status means you can take RIT courses without declaring a major or seeking a degree. Your primary RIT Global contact, Maureen Shannon, will gather information from you and further explain this process. Once your RIT non-matriculated status is set up, you will receive an RIT student ID and username, choose a password, and receive access to your RIT eServices account. Your RIT eServices account is where you will be billed your remaining program costs and pay your RIT bill.

RIT Study Abroad Advisor, Maureen Shannon, will schedule a meeting with you in May to provide step-by-step instructions and review the documents needed for the Temporary Stay in Croatia. At your meeting with Maureen, she will talk to you about the process of providing:

  • Proof of no criminal record (also known as a criminal background check or letter of good conduct). You will then submit your document to the department of state in the state where you live for an apostille.
  • Proof of finances – monthly bank statement
  • We will provide a letter showing proof of international health insurance.

Students will need to pay out of pocket for any fees associated with the criminal background check/apostille process. The cost for translating the documents into Croatian is included in your program fee.
 

The Italy study tour will take place from September 28 through October 2. All students will travel together with the program coordinator and Croatia faculty, Rebecca Charry Roje.

September 28 – Fly from Dubrovnik to Croatia’s capital city of Zagreb for a city tour and visit to the Technical Museum Nikola Tesla
September 29 – After breakfast in Zagreb, you’ll fly to Rome, Italy arriving in late afternoon. After arrival, you’ll take a city tour with a local guide which includes the famous Spanish Steps and Fontane di Trevi.
September 30th – Visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palantine Hill with a local guide. Free time in the afternoon for independent sightseeing.
October 1st – Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Castel Sant’Angelo (Hadrian Mausoleum) with a local guide. Free time in the afternoon for independent sightseeing.
October 2nd – Fly from Rome to Dubrovnik in late morning.

All costs related to the study tour (with the exception of lunches and dinners) are included as part of the program. Transportation around Rome will be via walking, bus, and public transportation. Your hotel will be a 4-star hotel in a central city location (shared double rooms). Breakfast is included at hotels in Zagreb and Rome. Students are responsible for paying for their own lunch and dinner.

Students will book their own round-trip travel to and from Dubrovnik, Croatia. Do not book any flights until you receive notice from the RIT Global office. Students will need to book the following flights:

  • Arrival flight - U.S. (home city) to Dubrovnik, Croatia (DBV) - Arrive in Dubrovnik on Sunday, August 28
  • Return flight – Dubrovnik, Croatia (DBV) to U.S. (home city) – Depart from Dubrovnik on Friday, December 21

The RIT Global office will register students for classes.

All participants will be enrolled in:

  1. ENVS 151-Scientific Inquiries Environmental Science
  2. SOIS 497-Special Topics: Research in a Cultural Context
  3. an elective of your choice

Elective Courses
For your third course, you will choose an elective class from RIT Croatia’s fall 2022 course offerings. Review the list of elective courses and course descriptions, and email study abroad advisor, Maureen Shannon (Maureen.shannon@rit.edu) a first-choice and second-choice elective course (include the course name and number).

View Fall 2022 Electives
 

For the Fall 2022 program, the remainder of your program cost will be billed to your RIT eServices student account on July 1st with a due date of August 15, 2022. The RIT Global office will work with the RIT Registrar’s Office to set up an RIT user name and University ID for you. You will then be able to create a password and log in to RIT eServices to view your bill. If needed, you can work with RIT Student Financial Services to set up a payment plan (asksfs@rit.edu, or 585-475-6186).

Once you receive your RIT user name and password, you will be able to upload proof of COVID vaccination on the Wellness Portal via the RIT Ready website.

Often locals tend to dress more formally than you may be used to in the U.S. Avoid clothing with U.S. logos, athletic wear, shorts (considered beachwear unless you are in a coastal town), tank tops, sweatpants, baseball caps, white athletic socks.

Be sure to pack:

  • Heavy duty umbrella
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain boots
  • Sturdy comfortable shoes
  • Hiking shoes
  • Adapter plug and converter plug
  • Summer/early fall clothes 
  • Late fall clothes (sweatshirts, jeans, light jacket)
  • Business casual clothes for class presentations
  • Medications (bring enough for entire semester)
  • Over the counter medication
  • Chargers for cell phone and laptop
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit
  • Beach towel

You will need to arrive in Dubrovnik on Sunday, August 28. You will be greeted at the Dubrovnik airport by an RIT Croatia staff member who will assist you in getting from the airport to the student dorm. You will need to email Maureen Shannon (Maureen.shannon@rit.edu) in the RIT Global office your flight details prior to the start of the program.

Parents are welcome to visit your student at any time. There are some planned excursions outside of Dubrovnik in September and October that students must participate in, so be aware of the schedule and plan ahead to avoid those times. 

Parents will have to book your own flights and individual accommodation. There many hotels and private rentals available in Dubrovnik.

For additional pre-departure resources, visit the Preparing to Go section of the RIT Global website.

RIT Croatia students gathered beside the welcome sign for Dubrovnik, Croatia

Life in Croatia

Widely considered one of the most beautiful and historical cities in the world, Dubrovnik, Croatia serves as a home base during your post-high school semester. Learn more about RIT's Croatia campus and read below about how to prepare for living in Croatia.

    It’s important for students to have a functioning cell phone to communicate with Croatia in-country staff, other students on the program, and family/friends back home. 

    Deciding on the best phone option will take some research based on your needs, usage, and current carrier. It’s also important to understand data limits and roaming fees.

    Options include:

    • Bring your own phone and use your own U.S. provider’s international service plan
    • Bring your own unlocked phone and purchase or rent an international SIM card from a provider in Croatia. You need to make sure your phone is unlocked to work with the International SIM card. 
    • Rent or buy a phone and SIM card from a provider abroad
    • Use Wi-Fi to text or call (using apps like What’s App, Viber, Skype, FaceTime)

    Resources:

    Information as of 4/2022, please note that these guidelines may change.

    Upon arrival in Croatia and Italy, you will need to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination (your white CDC vaccination card). If it has been 270 days since you were vaccinated, your vaccination card must also show that you received a booster dose (at least 14 days prior to travel). A negative PCR test is not needed upon arrival in Croatia and Italy as long as you are vaccinated.

    More information for entering Croatia (see “Third-country nationals” heading). 
    More information for entering Italy (see “Entry and Exit Requirements” heading).

    RIT Croatia Campus
    Dubrovnik, Don Frana Bulića 6, 20 000 Dubrovnik, Croatia
    Phone: +385 (0) 20 433 000  

    Studentski dom student dorm
    Ul. Marka Marojice 2, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
    Phone: (020) 437 680

    You will stay at the Studentski dom student dorm in Dubrovnik. Each room has two beds, a workstation with shelves for each student, a wardrobe space, a mini-refrigerator, and a bathroom. Bedding and towels are provided, and paid laundry facilities are on site. The dorm building and floors are co-ed.

    Roommates will be assigned in mid-June. If you know another student on the program and would like to make a roommate request, email Maureen.shannon@rit.edu.

    Your program fee covers lunch, and dinner daily in the student dorm restaurant. For lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers three daily main dish specials (meat, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, sides), a daily salad, a daily soup, beverages, and desserts. View sample menus

    Breakfast is also available for purchase and typically includes a selection of breads, pastries, cereals, fruit, yogurt, and cooked eggs.

    Your dorm room will have a mini-refrigerator, and each dorm has a shared kitchen. If you wish to prepare meals in the dorm kitchen, you will need to purchase some basic cooking supplies (pots, pans, etc) for your personal use. A grocery store is a short walk from the dorm, and you can visit other nearby cafes and restaurants (not part of the meal plan).  

    If you have dietary restrictions/food allergies, please let your RIT Croatia in-country and dorm contacts know in advance in order to accommodate your needs.

    In Dubrovnik, most students get around town by walking, public bus, taxi, or rideshare services. Buses are very frequent (every 15-20 min) and cost approximately the equivalent of $2.00 USD per ticket (note you will pay for your ticket in Kuna, the local Croatia currency). View the bus schedule

    Taxis are readily available at the airport, and you can also call taxis in advance from the RIT Croatia campus, restaurants, local businesses, etc.
    Radio Taxi Center: +385 0800 0970
    Radio Taxi Dubrovnik: +385 0800 1441

    Ride-sharing services through an app such as Uber and Bolt are also available. 

    Transportation will be covered in detail at the pre-departure meeting in June and your Croatia in-country orientation when you arrive in Dubrovnik at the beginning of September.

    As you plan your upcoming stay in Croatia, you should start researching cultural norms in Croatia. You can visit our Dubrovnik at a Glance page for topics such as local culture, things to do around town, food, and dining.

    Studying abroad will expose you to all kinds of new and exciting experiences. Though this is a time of broadening your horizons, it is important that you exercise caution to be as safe as possible while overseas. Before traveling, you should become familiar with local laws, how to avoid travel scams, and read RIT's Emergency Response Plan. Safety will be covered extensively at the pre-departure meeting all students will attend in June. 

    Some general tips:

    • Carry the minimum number of valuables, and plan places to conceal them. Your passport, cash, and credit cards are most secure when locked in your room. When you have to carry them with you, you may wish to put them in various places rather than in one wallet or pouch. One of the safest places to carry valuables is in a pouch or money belt worn under your clothing. 
    • Crime generally is not a problem for travelers in Croatia. However, the U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to take standard precautions against theft, such as not leaving a wallet, purse, or credit card unattended. 
    • The student dorm entrance reception area is staffed at all times (24/7). After 10:00 pm, all students entering the building must show their ID. Students access their rooms with a personal key card. There are also several security cameras outside of the dorm property.
    • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) - a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
    • Croatia Emergency numbers:
      • Police: 192
      • Fire: 193
      • Ambulance: 194
    • The American Embassy in Croatia is located at Thomas Jefferson 2, 10010 Zagreb, Telephone: (385) (1) 661-2200
    • For emergencies on weekends, holidays, and after hours, an embassy duty officer can be reached at (385) (1) 661-2400 or (385) (91) 455-2247

    More information on safety and health

    You will be covered by RIT's Travel Assistance Provider On Call (included in cost of the program). On Call provides assistance for finding local medical providers, coordination of illness/medical issues (including translation services if needed), coverage for medical care, doctor/hospital visits, and emergency evacuation due to accident, illness, or safety reasons.

    You will be provided with an On Call insurance card and overview of the policy before leaving for the program. Instructions will be provided for adding the On Call dedicated RIT phone number to your phone contacts which you should do before traveling. 

    On Call website: https://mysearchlightportal.com/
    Group ID: 100094CPPD18 
    Organization Name: ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 
    Call collect from anywhere in the world: 1-603-328-1953 
    Call Toll Free from U.S. and Canada: 1-866-525-1953 
    Email: mail@oncallinternational.com 
    Text only number: 603-945-0103
     

    Croatia’s currency is Kuna (HRK), which is divided into 100 lipas. Most big hotels, restaurants, and shops accept credit cards (smaller, family-run stores and restaurants may not take credit cards). There are many places where you can exchange or purchase Kuna (all banks, post offices, Western Union, and most travel agencies). Exchange rates are similar regardless of the institution you chose. Generally, most banks are open from 8 am to 7 pm (Monday-Friday) and from 8 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. Croatian banks have many ATMs around town, and all of them have an ATM in front of their branch office.

    Tips

    • Have access to a credit card to use in case of an emergency
    • Contact your credit card company for your card PIN number(s) – you may need to enter a PIN when making a credit card purchase
    • Research your expected banking/credit card fees (i.e. ATM fees, credit card foreign transaction fees)

    More information on banking

    Banking/money will be covered extensively at the pre-departure meeting all students will attend in June. 

    Peer Mentors

    Meet Aleksa Doda and Jak Kojaković they will be your peer mentors during your time in Croatia. They are here to help guide you, answer questions, and will show you around Dubrovnik. Feel free to reach out to them with your questions.

    photo of Aleksa Doda

    Hi everyone! My name is Aleksa Doda, and I am a senior Web and Mobile Computing student at RIT Croatia in Dubrovnik. Since I am originally from Albania, I know what it’s like to be an international student studying in a new country. To help other international students, I started the RIT Croatia International Students Club. I feel lucky to be in Dubrovnik since there are many beautiful views, beaches, cafes, clubs, amazing views, and good food. For those who like history, this is the perfect place. I love to explore intriguing places around the area, like caves, museums, and city walls. I am very thankful to all the wonderful people who helped me and were there for me at any time! I met great professors who made me feel like they were my friends. As an international student, I learned a lot, and I was happy to see how much RIT valued me. Please reach out to me for any additional questions you may have! I would be glad to assist you!

    Aleksa Doda
    Web & Mobile Computing major
      ad8593@rit.edu

    photo of Jak Kojakovic

    Hi everyone! My name is Jak Kojaković, and I am a junior Hospitality and Tourism Management student at RIT Dubrovnik. I was born in Australia but raised in Croatia. I studied nautical engineering in high school, but through my education at RIT Croatia, I found an interest in becoming a successful entrepreneur one day. In my free time, I like to go out for coffee, take walks, play games, work out and watch football games. I love to travel. Besides Australia, I have been to Amsterdam and Paris, and I would like one day to visit America. Traveling will benefit you and help you grow tremendously, and I recommend that everyone try it. I’m looking forward to meeting you and showing you around Dubrovnik!

    Jak Kojaković
    Hospitality and Tourism Management major
      jk4498@rit.edu

    Image of two hands typing at a laptop

    After the Program

    Obtaining Your Academic Transcript

    After the program is completed, you can obtain a transcript by contacting the RIT Office of the Registrar.