- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 3.0 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
This program is primarily open to students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology and Hospitality Management majors at Penn State, but is also open to students from any college.
IST Students will enroll in IST courses at the RIT Croatia campus in Dubrovnik. Academic courses in the RIT abroad program are similar to programming and design courses in the College of Information Sciences and Technology’s Information Systems: Design and Development (ISDEV) option in the Information Sciences and Technology (IST) major. Students who follow the approved curriculum plan for this study abroad program will continue to make progress in their course of study in the College of IST. Academic courses in the RIT abroad program also include general education courses that students can use for Penn State general education requirements.
Other students (non-IST students) may select from the general education course list (see the Academics Page). Many of these courses can be used for Penn State general education requirements.
HM students will enroll in HM courses at the RIT Croatia campus in Dubrovnik. Academic courses in the RIT abroad program are similar to courses in the SHM curriculum. HM students who meet with the SHM International Studies advisor and plan their study abroad will continue to make progress in their course of study in the School of Hospitality Management. HM students can also take courses at RIT Croatia that fulfill General Education requirements.
Fall: late August - late December
Spring: mid January - mid May
Refer to the program website for the specific dates.
RIT Croatia’s campus in Dubrovnik is located just a few steps from the main entrance to Old Town, a historic section of Dubrovnik. The RIT Croatia building contains classrooms, faculty and staff offices, student lounges, a copy center, library, computer labs and is fully equipped with the latest technology including wireless internet access.
Dubrovnik, also known as “the pearl of the Adriatic” is no longer the world’s best-kept secret. This unique destination magnificently combines the natural beauty of the pristine Adriatic Sea and mountainous Croatian landscape with medieval architecture and old-world city planning. No wonder it is the place where the magical and popular series Game of Thrones is filmed. The stunning city of Dubrovnik with its historic Old Town became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. The gleaming marble streets are lined with baroque buildings and Renaissance fountains. The history of Dubrovnik is a fascinating study of the rise of a great maritime power that lived in peace and prosperity for nearly five centuries. Dubrovnik is much more than a fascinating Old Town. It is a first-class Adriatic resort complete with beautiful pebble beaches and a vibrant nightlife.
When you are in Dubrovnik, your learning will continue beyond the walls of the classroom. Visit the ancient Roman salt flats that are still in production today. Attend numerous cultural festivals that are unique to the Dalmatian Coast. Simply sit at one of the many sidewalk cafes and listen to the stories of your classmates. Walk atop the city walls, go for a hike, or take a ferry to one of the many nearby islands.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.