Croatia Industry & Culture (Pre-Freshman & Sophomores Only)

This program has been canceled for Summer 2021.

Croatia Industry & Culture exclusive to Polytechnic incoming freshmen (first semester at Purdue Fall 2021) and incoming sophomores (those completing their first year at Purdue Fall 2020- Spring 2021)

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Dates: July 18 - August 1, 2021

3 credits: TECH 399

This program is designed to be a global opportunity exclusive to Polytechnic incoming freshmen as well as those that just completed their freshman year. Note this is an exception for 2021 only due to the cancellation of 2020 programs. 


This 14-day program will take place entirely in Croatia for summer 2021. Croatia is a country rich in history and largely unknown to the average US college student. It is an EU member country but not part of the Schengen zone travel area, thus allowing entry not tied to Schengen requirements. Croatian history has been one of occupations and diversity in ethnicities and religions. Students will learn about the ancient history of the country while experiencing seaports and Roman and medieval architecture but the bulk of the academic focus will be on the more recent history of Croatia as a participant in the Bosnian wars and related conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. As students’ progress through the Global Competency Certificate and learn about the journey of intercultural competence and dealing with difference, the knowledge that they gain about the ethnic challenges in the areas of former Yugoslavia will provide a sharp contrast of what can happen when differences go terribly wrong. The final emphasis will be placed on the rebound of Croatian society and technology and innovation as they reposition themselves as a modern society open to tourism, renewable energy technology, and as an eager host for tech startup companies and cater to expats.


This 3 credit hour course will utilize the Global Competence Certificate (GCC) curriculum as we work toward increasing the intercultural competence of our Polytechnic student participants.  Student will complete course work that will utilize the GCC online modules as well as focusing on the benefits of intercultural competence in the tech fields that operate in a global setting. 


Preliminary Itinerary

2021 Itinerary

Sunday: July 18th – Leaders depart for airport-overnight flight to Dubrovnik, Croatia

Monday: July 19th - Dubrovnik

             PM: Arrive at Dubrovnik airport

Tuesday: July 20th - Dubrovnik  

             Dubrovnik city tour (walk Dubrovnik walls)

            Class time

Wednesday: July 21st - Dubrovnik

              Cultural site visit (Lokrum island)

Thursday: July 22nd – Dubrovnik -> Split 

              AM: Travel 3 hours to Split

              Split city tour

 Friday: July 23rd - Split

              Visit Island: Brac or Hvar

Saturday: July 24th – Split -> Zadar

              Klis Fortress or other cultural site

             Travel to Zadar via 6 Kaštels and Trogir (time to sightsee)

Sunday: July 25th - Zadar

              Zadar city tour

              Class time

Monday: July 26th - Zadar -> Plitvice Lakes

              Cultural site visit

              Travel to Plitvice Lakes area

Tuesday: July 27th – Plitvice Lakes -> Zagreb

              Plitvice Lakes tour

              Travel to Zagreb

Wednesday: July 28th - Zagreb  

              Zagreb city tour

              Industry tour

Thursday: July 29th - Zagreb

             Scavenger hunt activities throughout city

             Class time at Zrinjevac Park

Friday: July 30th - Zagreb

             University visit or another industry tour

             Cultural site tour

Saturday: July 31st – Zagreb

              Cultural site tour

              Class time

Sunday: August 1st    

              AM: Hotel check out  

              Flight back to the States          


Contact program leader Elizabeth Barajas via email with your questions. 

Program Flyer 

Department Location Duration Professor
Aviation and Transportation Technology
Computer and Information Technology
Computer Graphics Technology
Construction Management Technology
Engineering Technology
Technology Leadership & Innovation
Croatia Pre-Freshman & Sophomore Summer Program Elizabeth Barajas