Take a Post-High School Semester in Europe with RIT
Part College — Part Travel — Part Discovery
RIT offers an alternative option for Spring 2022 high school graduates with the European Post-High School Semester program. Build academic and college-readiness momentum in a truly beautiful European environment.
As a high school graduate, you may want to take a half-step into full college. The RIT European Post-High School Semester is a fall post-graduate semester at our campus in central Europe. Widely considered one of the most beautiful and historical cities in the world, Dubrovnik, Croatia serves as a home base as you:
take three college classes worth 10-11 credits
explore Europe with the RIT community
design and conduct an individual research project
build new friendships and mentorships
Register for a webinar to learn more about the program, academics, travel excursions, admissions and scholarships, and more.
Increased Confidence and Clarity as You Prepare for College
Many students feel their high school preparation was incomplete. This post-high school semester will ensure you are exceptionally prepared while helping you gain clarity on your next academic steps.
College-Level Research Skills
Follow your curiosity and explore a research topic of your choosing to have a meaningful global impact. Learn how to conduct college-level research with guidance from world-renowned mentors.
College Counseling and Planning Support
You will have access to two highly accomplished independent college counselors to aid in preparation for applying to college after the program.
Credentials that Stand Out on Your College Application
Earn college credit while enhancing strategic skills and building cultural adaptability - key factors in setting your college application apart from the crowd.
The Best Stories
Up-and-coming Croatia is the backdrop for developing lifelong friendships and connections.
Seamless Transition into College
By entering college in the spring, you will have new college admission options or a dependable admission option into RIT if you complete the program with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Fall 2022 Program Dates
Arrive in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Program orientation: introduction to the program, life in Croatia, community-building, and health and safety information
Last day of classes
You should not make any airline reservations until you are accepted and confirmed on the program by an RIT advisor.
Tuition & Fees: $17,500
Tuition for 10-11 credits
International health insurance
Meal plan covering lunch and dinner daily
Additional Estimated Costs
$2,000 - Travel Costs $1,500 - Personal Expenses
To secure your spot in the program, a $1,000 non-refundable deposit is due to the Rochester Institute of Technology. A study abroad advisor will send details on paying the deposit through our secure website once you are accepted to the program.
2022 Refund/Cancellation Policy
If RIT must cancel the program before you depart due to unforeseen circumstances (travel restrictions, COVID-19, etc.), you will receive a full refund of the program fee and deposit. However, RIT cannot refund out-of-pocket expenses, such as your airline ticket.
Please don’t make out-of-pocket financial commitments (i.e. purchasing your airline ticket) until your RIT study abroad advisor instructs you to do so. We recommend that you purchase refundable tickets and/or travel insurance.
If the program is running and you withdraw on your own or fail to comply with program requirements such as getting a passport or visa, the refund timeline is:
60-30 days before the departure date, 70% refund, deposit excluded
30 - 10 days before departure, 50% refund, deposit excluded
10 days- through end of first week, 20% refund, deposit excluded
After first week – No Refund
How to Apply
The application deadline has passed. Notices of acceptance into the program will be released on a rolling basis.
Applicants will need to register as a user of the RIT Compass (application system) and complete the application for the Research for Science & Citizenship at RIT in Europe.
Go to the Research for Science & Citizenship program page in the Compass. Click on the tab labeled “Register” at top of the page. Complete all required fields and click "Submit Registration". Don't forget to write down the email and password you used to create your account - you will need that information to login in the future.
After submitting your registration, you will be directed to another login page. On the bottom right under “If you’re not an RIT student, please log in using your full email” enter the email and password you just used to create your account and log in.
Complete all fields of application. Save and continue at bottom of each page to earn a green checkmark for that section. On the last page click "Save and Submit" - this will submit your application for review.
Click on the Profile tab at the top and complete all fields including adding your Passport and Emergency contact info.
After completing your application, you will be contacted for a short interview. Notices of acceptance into the program will be released on a rolling basis.
RIT Croatia’s campus in Dubrovnik is located just a few steps from the main entrance to Old Town, a historic section of Dubrovnik. When you are in Dubrovnik, your learning will continue beyond the classroom with the exploration of Croatia’s many national parks, UNESCO world heritage sites, cultural festivals, museums, and more.
You will stay in shared dorm rooms (two students per room) and be placed with other students participating in the program. Each floor of the dorm has a shared kitchen and study space. A fitness center and restaurant are also available on site. A meal plan is included in the program and includes lunch and dinner daily in the main dorm restaurant. The restaurant offers daily main dish specials, a salad bar, soup station, beverages, and desserts. 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).
The 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.
Student dorm room
Each room has its own bathroom
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. Rooms may be single or mixed gender. Gender-inclusive rooms are available. Students can request their preferences in their housing application.
You will take three courses, earning 10-11 credits, and complete an independent research project. Classes are taught by RIT Croatia faculty in English.
In your courses, you will learn research methodology and complete an independent research project based on your academic and professional interests and goals. The research project, overseen by a faculty mentor, is the program's core element and allows you to employ research methods in a cultural setting and explore challenges and solutions on a global scale. The skills and knowledge embedded in these courses are foundational for STEM majors.
An integrated approach to the interrelated, interdisciplinary principles of environmental science through case studies, site visits, and field work. Through assigned readings, classroom discussion and case studies dealing with global environmental issues and the environmental issues related to Croatia's Dalmatian coast, students will learn how to critically analyze environmental problems from a multidisciplinary perspective and propose solutions.
Taught by Dr. Marlena Cukteras, Lecturer
Dr. Marlena Cukteras is many things: a physicist, a biologist, a marine scientist, an environmentalist, and a friend. But if you ask her, she would always describe herself as an educator. Ever since she was young, she was drawn to the natural sciences. Although her first love was physics, she soon realized that the future lies in the interdisciplinary world and was the main reason she pursued a Ph.D. in Biology and Marine Sciences. Over the past 20 years, besides being a high school and college professor, she has been involved with numerous NGOs, working to preserve the natural reserves of the Dubrovnik-Neretva and Herzegovina counties. She has also led and been actively engaged with over 50 EU-funded projects, all aimed at preserving protected areas and regionally implementing EU standards. Working with students at RIT Croatia is a continuation of her efforts to protect the natural wonders of this region for younger generations. Dr. Cukteras draws her energy and inspiration from her students, who she often says have the power to change the world.
Seeking to understand the cultural norms and values in society are key components to social science research. In this course, students will have the opportunity to explore a city outside of the U.S. and apply methodological approaches learned in the course.
Taught by Rebecca Charry Roje, Senior Lecturer
Professor Rebecca Charry Roje loves words and has dedicated her professional life to exploring language as the basis of human thought and expression. Born and raised in the United States, she moved to Dubrovnik in 2001 to teach English composition, literature, and academic research methods at Rochester Institute of Technology's Croatia campus. Today, she is proud to call Croatia home and to live a genuinely bilingual and multicultural life in the beautiful town of Dubrovnik. Her research interests include applied linguistics, language contact, Global English, digital communication, and intercultural competence. In addition to numerous publications and presentations, she is the author of a TEDx talk on the future of Global English. Before joining RIT Croatia, she worked as a journalist at The Washington Times and The Birmingham (Ala.) Post-Herald, covering city government, schools, and the arts. She holds a Master of Arts in English from Georgetown University (Washington, DC) and a Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Haverford College.
For your third course, you will choose an elective class from RIT Croatia’s fall 2022 course offerings. Courses typically offered during the fall semester at RIT Croatia in Dubrovnik may include:
ACCT 110 – Financial Accounting
ANTH 210 – Culture & Globalization
ANTH 275 – Global Islam
ECON 101 – Principles of Microeconomics
ENGL 210 – Literature, Culture & Media
MATH 101 – College Algebra
MLFR 201 – Beginning French I
MLGR 201 – Beginning German I
MLIT 201 – Beginning Italian I
MLRU 201 – Beginning Russian I
MLSP 201 – Beginning Spanish I
PHIL 306 – Professional Ethics
SOCI 102 – Foundations of Sociology
UWRT 100 – Critical Reading & Writing
Day trip to Pelješac
An hour up Croatia's Adriatic coast, the Pelješac Peninsula is home to the picturesque towns of Ston and Orebic and the islands of Korcula and Mljet. All participants will travel together by private bus (included in the program cost).
Study tour to Zagreb, Croatia and Rome, Italy
Led by RIT Croatia faculty, you’ll travel to Croatia’s capital city for a few days, taking a tour of the city and visiting local museums. From Zagreb, you’ll head to Rome for a few days to explore the city’s fascinating art, architecture, and historical sites. Travel and accommodations are included in the program cost.
Weekend trip to Zadar & Split
Zadar and Split are quaint towns on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast known for their beaches and historical sites. All participants will travel together by private bus and stay at a local hotel (included in the program cost).
Extracurricular activities, socializing, and having fun are important parts of your time in Croatia.
You can enrich your experience by participating in activities like playing individual and group sports, participating in Student Government planned events, and volunteering in the local community.
College Counseling & Planning
As part of the program, you have the unique opportunity to gain valuable insight and counseling from an independent college counselor. Many students in the program will start their official entry into full-time college in the spring or fall of 2023. To aid in this transition, you'll have access to two highly accomplished, independent college counselors as you work on new applications, perform research on additional college options, and leverage your fall semester experience into new college possibilities.
Amanda is the Director of College Counseling at The Harley School. She most recently served as Director of University Counseling at Dulwich College Seoul in South Korea. She has been a college counselor for ten years and is a Smith College graduate.
Anna Seltz has worked in college admissions for over 20 years. She spent 10 years working for American University, six of which were as the Associate Director of Freshman Admissions. After leaving AU to raise her family she worked for Johns Hopkins University’s Admissions office as an admissions reader. In 2012 she founded Higher Ed U College Admissions Consulting where she helps students apply to colleges in both the US, Canada, and Europe.
In addition to working with her private clients, Anna volunteered for eight years as a college counselor for students participating in A Better Chance in Lower Merion where she helped high-talent, high-need minority men navigate the college application process.
Anna graduated with BA in Modern Languages from Union College in 1993 and studied at the Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France for her junior year. After graduation, she worked as a Lectrice d’Anglais at the Université de Rennes, Rennes, France. She currently resides in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband and two teenage boys. She loves to travel, cook, garden, and read.
Student Safety & Support
RIT established its presence in Croatia in 1997, and over the past 20+ years RIT Croatia has grown to accommodate more than 800 students and is the only higher education institution in Croatia which grants both American and Croatian degrees.
Before departure to Croatia, you will attend a required pre-departure orientation, which includes health and safety preparedness and emergency response information and resources. Parents are welcome to also participate.
Relations between the U.S. and Croatia are solid. The U.S. established diplomatic relations with Croatia in 1992. Traveling in Croatia is generally safe and is highly rated for its safety index. Visitors of Croatia seldom face any severe threat during their stay in the country.
The dorm in Dubrovnik where students will live 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.
All participants will be provided with international health insurance through RIT's provider, On Call. On Call offers assistance in finding local medical providers, coordinating illness/medical issues (including translation services if needed), medical care coverage, doctor/hospital visits, and emergency evacuation due to accident, illness, or safety reasons. Croatia's healthcare system is reliable, and Dubrovnik is served by a main hospital, many walk-in clinics, and pharmacies.
The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has disrupted travel around the world. RIT's emergency response team closely monitors the outbreak of COVID-19, with students' health and safety as our highest priority. RIT Global Risk Management regularly receives travel briefings and travel warnings from our global security consult agency, On Call. In addition, RIT follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the State Department travel warnings and guidelines to further evaluate and assess risk.
International students who are not U.S. citizens, may need a visa to enter Croatia. RIT’s study abroad advisor in Rochester, NY, and study abroad specialist at RIT Croatia, will assist you with all the requirements and paperwork.
You can find more information on visa requirements for Croatia here.
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 (email@example.com, or 585-475-6186).
Students in the program will take the Scientific Inquiries Environmental Science course and Research in a Cultural Context course only with other students in the program. For your elective course, you will be in a class with other students from RIT Croatia. There will be opportunities for you to participate in extracurricular activities within the RIT Croatia community. You will also be assigned Croatian student peer mentors who will show you around and help you get integrated.
Students participating in the program are required to follow the RIT student code of conduct. In addition, students studying at RIT Croatia are subject to the policies outlined in the RIT Croatia student handbook, including the academic honesty policy, use of computer equipment, and student conduct expectations. RIT Croatia has a strict zero-tolerance policy regarding the use of alcohol and drugs on campus. Students will be required to sign a housing agreement that outlines standards of behavior in the dormitory housing. Failing to adhere to these policies could result in you being removed from the program at your own expense with no refund, and receiving W's (withdrawal) on your transcript for your academic coursework.
The faculty will communicate the class attendance policy and academic honesty policy in the course syllabus.
The student dorm has an onsite restaurant, and the program includes lunch and dinner daily in the restaurant. You can also purchase groceries to keep in your dorm mini-refrigerator and visit other local cafes and restaurants.
The Dubrovnik community is very inclusive and receptive towards various ethnicities and religions. The largest religion in Croatia is Catholic. There are more than 80 churches scattered around Dubrovnik, the majority of them being within the Old Town. Dubrovnik is also home to an Orthodox Church, synagogue, and Islamic Center.
Yes, you will book your flight on your own. You will be required to arrive on a specific date. We will notify you of the confirmed arrival and departure dates after you are accepted. Do not book any flights until you are accepted to the program, and an RIT advisor lets you know it is time to book your flight.
You 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.
You will have to book your own flights and individual accommodation. There many hotels and private rentals available in Dubrovnik. Please note that you will need to observe any mandatory quarantine restrictions in Croatia.
Although Croatia is a small country, you have countless things to see. It offers a unique combination of breathtaking natural beauty, gentle climate, outstanding architecture, impressive history, delicious cuisine, and most importantly, friendly people. Direct flights from various European cities and motorways connect Croatia with other parts of Europe and provide easy and fast travel to various destinations. Croatia is one of the safest countries in the world right now. In February 2020. The U.S. State Department ranked Croatia “Level One” – which is the category for the safest countries.
Due to its geographical position, Croatia, has been influenced by its neighboring countries. Croatia’s culture is a blend of Mediterranean, Eastern European, Central European, and Balkan influences. This rich cultural combination is reflected in Croatia’s monuments, traditions, and food. Although Croatians show a strong sense of national pride, regional cultures are still upheld, characterized by differences in topography, economy, cuisine, folklore, and dialect.
Dubrovnik has a very low crime rate. Visitors should take the usual precautions to be aware of their surroundings, avoid large crowds, and safeguard their belongings in public areas. According to Eurostat’s report, Croatia has the lowest rate of reported crime, violence, or vandalism among all EU countries.
RIT Croatia pays special attention to safety on our campuses. Its small size makes it easier for us to keep track of the student community and know our students on a first- name basis. We do not have security services on our campuses, but we maintain close relationships with local police officers who make regular patrols around campus. The campus is accessible during opening hours only and use an electronic security system during closed periods.
You will not be able to drive in Croatia. It is easy to get to class and other areas around Dubrovnik by walking or using public transportation. Cars are not allowed in Old Town, inside the city walls of Dubrovnik. Getting to other areas of Croatia is convenient and affordable by bus or train.
The official language in Croatia is Croatian, but most of the population speaks at least one other language, primarily English, but also German or Italian. EF (Education First), an organization that ranks countries based on the English language proficiency of the general population, ranked Croatia among the countries in the “very high proficiency” category. Croatia ranked #13 out of 100 countries/regions in consideration. You can easily live in Croatia without knowing the local language, especially in urban areas such as Zagreb and Dubrovnik.
Yes, there will be several weekends when no program activities are scheduled, so you will have an opportunity to sightsee or travel around Croatia. However, please do not make any personal reservations until you know the schedule for the required program excursions. Traveling outside of Croatia on weekends may not recommended due to possible re-entry and quarantine restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
RIT Croatia has many activities organized by the student government, including BBQs, a holiday auction, fundraising events, and a student sports day. Depending on availability each year, you can join clubs, such as the basketball club, soccer club, robotics club, investment club, business club, and handball club.
Outside of the activities on campus, you can explore the surrounding islands and towns nearby Dubrovnik.
There is no censorship and/or restriction on internet use in Croatia. RIT Croatia has high-speed internet access, and most businesses in Croatia (cafes, bars, restaurants, hotels, beaches) provide complimentary Wi-Fi access. City areas are covered by LTE mobile networks.
Any specific food allergies or special dietary needs will be shared with the onsite dorm restaurant, and meals will be prepared considering your needs. When dining at other restaurants around Dubrovnik or Croatia, it is your responsibility to communicate any allergies/restrictions with the restaurant’s staff.
In these uncertain times, no one can predict where and how the COVID-19 pandemic will develop. The Croatian government is tracking the outbreak and introducing various measures as the situation evolves. We recommend these resources to keep track of relevant COVID-19 advisories in Croatia:
News web portal English: although an unofficial source of information, it is one of the most-up-to-date news outlets in the region, providing COVID related travel information to foreign visitors in the past year. They also have a Twitter account.
RIT Croatia’s guiding principles for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic are rooted in concern for the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, visitors, and other guests. We have developed a comprehensive safety plan that has been in effect since summer 2020. We pay special attention to cleaning and disinfection protocols on both of our campuses. Mask wearing is mandatory in all campus spaces. Our plans are aligned and consistent with applicable local and national guidelines. Students, faculty, staff, visitors, and other guests (the "RIT Croatia community”) are expected to fully comply with the provisions of this Safety Plan and other policies, procedures, and guidelines designed to protect the health and safety of all individuals on the RIT Croatia campuses. There was a very small number of cases reported at RIT Croatia in the last year.
COVID-19 vaccinations area underway in Croatia. The government has ordered sufficient amounts of vaccinations and will administer them based on priorities. Elderly and those with chronic diseases have been prioritized. People employed in education will also be prioritized before the general population.
Most countries in Europe have restricted travel and put additional safety measures in place, which could complicate your ability to travel outside of Croatia during the program. Locally, Croatia’s government may restrict working hours, capacity, or close specific services, such as restaurants, coffee bars, and gyms if necessary.
However, the lower numbers of tourists and visitors to Croatia due to COVID-19 means you will enjoy top local attractions without the usual crowds.
You should immediately notify the RIT Croatia program coordinator. If you have symptoms, you should follow the RIT Croatia protocol regarding quarantine/isolation. COVID testing is available at testing centers run by the Croatian Institute of Public Health. For EU, EEA, UK, or Swiss nationals your country’s national health insurance provider would cover the cost. For citizens outside of the EU, EEA, UK, you will need to pay at the testing site (PCR testing is 700 Kuna; antibody testing costs 150 Kuna). The RIT Croatia program coordinator can provide additional information on the testing locations and hours of operations.
RIT Croatia had students on study abroad when the initial COVID outbreak happened and the International Student Office at RIT Croatia assisted each student and arranged all details for them to return to their home country from transportation, arranging details with authorities, liaising and coordinating information with their professors in Croatia and the RIT Global team at RIT's main campus in Rochester, New York.
Students in the RIT European Post-High School Semesterprogram will likely be from the U.S., China and perhaps a few other countries worldwide.
Other students attending RIT Croatia are mainly from Croatia and surrounding countries such as Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. There are also students from other EU countries, Australia, and the U.S.
You will pay on your own for your airline ticket; any personal travel you wish to do while in Croatia; meals not included in the program fee (breakfast, eating out, groceries); monthly bus pass; and any personal spending money for things like clothing, personal items, entertainment, etc.
Yes, it is required to submit payment in U.S. dollars. Once you have confirmed your participation in the program, you will be enrolled at RIT as a non-matriculated student. You will be billed a deposit to your RIT student financial services account. Any charges related to the program will post on your RIT student account.