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  • 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 review
  • Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program 

Program Description 

RIT Croatia in Dubrovnik is a Global Campus of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, NY. RIT Croatia in Dubrovnik enrolls over 200 students not only from within Croatia, but throughout Europe, and study abroad students from the United States. Widely considered one of the most beautiful and historical cities in the world, Dubrovnik, serves as your home base for a semester in Europe. Students participating on this program will be considered a part of the RIT Global Scholars program during their semester in attendance.

RIT Croatia in Dubrovnik is an especially good fit for students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and Hospitality Management (HM) majors at Penn State, but is also open to students from any college.

IST Students will enroll in IST courses at RIT Croatia in Dubrovnik. Academic courses in the RIT Croatia in Dubrovnik 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 RIT Croatia in Dubrovnik also include general education courses that students can use for Penn State general education requirements.

Other students (non-IST or HM 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 RIT Croatia in Dubrovnik. Academic courses in RIT Croatia in Dubrovnik 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 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.

Take a look at the RIT Croatia Dubrovnik Campus Virtual Tour 2021 video on YouTube for a closer look at the campus!

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 Penn State Global website.


Course Listings/Options and Prerequisites 

  • Pathway 1 is for ISDEV students in the College of ISTFall of sophomore year – no prerequisites required, but IST 140 strongly encouraged; and students should have taken all recommended first-year courses in the ISDEV roadmap, so as not to fall behind after the semester abroad.
    • 2-3 General Education courses
    • ISTE-140 Web and Mobile I (This course counts as IST 250 and fulfills a Support Course in the Option within the IST major.)
    • NMDE-111 New Media Design Digital Survey (This course would be brought in as IST 299 and fulfills a Support Course in the Option within the IST major.
  • Pathway 2 for ISDEV students in the College of ISTFall of junior year – students must have already taken IST 250 (to be counted as Support Course for the Option within the IST major), with a C or better grade; and students should have taken all recommended first-year and second-year courses in the ISDEV roadmap, so as not to fall behind after the semester abroad.
    • 2-3 General Education courses
    • ISTE-260 User Experience (This course counts as IST 331 and fulfills the requirement for the IST major.)
    • ISTE-434 Data Warehousing (This course would be brought in as IST 299 and fulfills a Support Course in the Option within the IST major.)
  • Pathway 3 is for any Penn State studentFall or Spring semester of any year – no prerequisites required
    • 4 General Education courses
  • 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.  
To learn more about the courses offered at RIT Croatia in Dubrovnik, follow the instructions on their website (Note: new link) for seeing courses in RIT’s SIS System (it looks similar to LionPath). Make sure you change the Campus to "RIT Croatia" and Location to "RIT Dubrovnik" so that you are looking at the current courses.

To see what Penn State students have previously taken on this program, see the Historical Course List, which is meant to be a guide as to what courses might be available and how they might transfer to Penn State. Courses listed here may not be offered during the semester you attend the program and the credit amount or course title may have changed. 

Note: You are not limited to choosing classes on the program Historical Course List. You should consult the full list of courses on the host program page before choosing a program.

Course Selection

To find appropriate courses that will fit into your degree requirements, you will need to work with your academic adviser. Suggested tips:
  • Research courses available on your program website. Previous terms' course listings give a good idea of what kinds of courses may be offered in future terms of similar dates (i.e. Fall 2021 courses for Fall 2022 courses). Finalized courses listings are provided closer to the term start date.
  • Meet with your academic adviser to discuss potential courses abroad and your degree requirements 
  • Keep in mind that courses abroad may change or may be unavailable for your selected term, so you will need to discuss possible back-up course options
  • To register for courses on this program you will work with RIT Croatia

Academic Policies

  • You must enroll in a minimum number of 12 credits and a maximum number of 17 credits 
  • You cannot take any courses abroad on a Pass/Fail basis
  • World Campus courses should not be taken in addition to or as a substitute for courses offered abroad
  • You may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad
  • If you are studying abroad in your final semester at Penn State, please note that Penn State may not receive your grades in time for graduation 

Course Equivalency Process

In order for courses from abroad to appear on your Penn State transcript, each course must be given a course equivalency. Please visit the Academics section of the Penn State Global website for information on the course equivalency process.  

Courses can be submitted for course equivalency before, during, or after the education abroad program, however, you should begin this process as soon as possible as it can take on average 2-4 months or more for courses to receive a Penn State course number. In some cases, it can be difficult to obtain syllabi from abroad before the start of the term, but when possible, courses can be submitted for review before departure. Talk to your Education Abroad Adviser about requesting syllabi.

Grade and Credit Conversion Scale

Grades and credit conversions from your host institution cannot be changed. They will be converted to Penn State credits and grades based on the following scales:
Grade Conversion Scale
Host Institution Grade Penn State Grade
A-  A-
B+  B+
B-  B-
C+  C+
Credit Conversion Scale
Host Institution Credit Penn State Credit
3 credits per course 3 credits per course

Housing and Meals


You will live at the Studentski dom student dorm in Dubrovnik. Newly completed in 2020, the student dorm is just a 7-minute public transportation ride or a 25-minute walk to campus. Restaurants, cafes, and other areas of interest are also nearby.

You will stay in shared dorm rooms (two students per room). Each room has two beds, a workstation with shelves for each student, a wardrobe space, a mini-refrigerator, and a bathroom. Each floor of the dorm has a shared kitchen and study space. A fitness center and restaurant are also available on site. Bedding and towels are provided, and paid laundry facilities are on site. The dorm building and floors are co-ed.

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. Students will be provided with dorm policies/rules at their Croatia In-Country Orientation.

Independent housing is not permitted on this program. There will be no exceptions.


The dorm restaurant offers breakfast, lunch or dinner available for purchase. 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. 

Costs and Funding

Program Costs

Fall Costs
Spring Costs

The cost of a program is based on Penn State tuition rates and partner institution fees. Due to the variety of locations and partner institutions, costs will vary depending on the program. Education Abroad works closely with our partners to ensure the most accurate cost estimates, however, fees can change quickly and without prior notice. Consult the cost sheets for your chosen program often and if you have any questions please contact your Education Abroad Adviser


The Education Abroad Office awards a number of grants and scholarships to students who participate in an education abroad program through Penn State Global. The application for the scholarships awarded through the Education Abroad Office is included with your program application. Eligibility is based on academic merit and/or financial need. You must have a current FAFSA on file to be awarded. There are additional scholarship opportunities through our partner universities, Penn State Academic Departments, and other sources. To view a full list of scholarships, eligibility requirements, and deadlines visit Funding Study Abroad.

Student Aid

Penn State students who plan to study on a Penn State approved program can use most forms of financial aid towards the cost of the program. Exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships. If you have specific questions regarding your aid awards, contact the Penn State Office of Student Aid

Withdrawal & Refund Policy 

Withdrawal and refund details are dependent on the timing and reason for your withdrawal from a Penn State Education Abroad Program. For specific details and steps on how to withdraw, read the Education Abroad Policies

After Commitment

Once a student has committed to a Penn State Education Abroad program, they are financially responsible for any fees incurred on their behalf. Therefore, if a student plans to withdraw from a program it is their responsibility to immediately notify the Education Abroad office, in writing; email is preferred. 

Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. Additional fees from the partner institution will be assessed according to their withdrawal and refund policies at the date of the withdrawal notice.

After the Start of the Program 

If a student withdraws after the start of a program, any adjustment of Penn State tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. Students may be responsible for up to 100% of program costs. In most cases, partial credit cannot be awarded for leaving a program before its successful completion.

For additional information on withdrawal policies, separate and apart from financial consequences, please consult the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.

Life Abroad

General Information 

Studying abroad can be one of the most exciting and transformative experiences of your college career. It is an opportunity to develop independence, build cross-cultural competencies, grow as a person, and enhance your academic program. Entering a new culture can be challenging for everyone. You may ask yourself: is this the right country for me? What are their cultural norms? How will my identity be perceived there? What can I do to prepare for this experience? What will my daily life be like? Below are resources to help you answer these questions.


Penn State Education Abroad works closely with campus resources and our partner institutions around the world to ensure that students of all abilities reach their goal of studying abroad. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged on an individual basis. If you have accommodation needs or further questions please consult with the Student Disability Resources office and your Education Abroad Adviser. Additional resources are available through the Penn State Global Website. Disability information will not be used during the admissions process, but rather is meant to provide students with resources to help in planning a successful experience abroad.

Gender and LGBTQA

There are dramatic and subtle differences in how gender, identity, sexual expression, and sexual health are perceived in different countries. Before going abroad, it is important that you research the specific country or countries you will be visiting and have a full understanding of their cultural norms. Below are some resources to help you with that research and provide guidance for your life abroad.

Race, Ethnicity, and Faith

When choosing a study abroad location and preparing for your travels, you will want to be mindful of how your experience will be different than what you are used to in the United States. Your racial, ethnic, and spiritual identities may be interacted with and labeled by others differently than what you expect. Here are resources to help you prepare for these differences.

Non-U.S. Citizens

It is possible for non-U.S. Citizens to study abroad through Penn State. To do so successfully, you must plan early because this process may involve obtaining visas and other governmental procedures. Check with your ISSA Adviser prior to committing to a study abroad program and speak with your Education Abroad Adviser for specific information on the host country. If you plan on traveling to other countries during your study abroad experience, you will need to research and make plans to adhere to immigration policies for all of the countries that you plan to travel to and through. You are responsible for applying for visas for all applicable countries on your own. Advisers in the Education Abroad office cannot apply for your visa for you. Additional information may be available through your country's embassy and the consulate for your study abroad country.

Next Steps

Steps to Study Abroad

The planning stages outlined on the Penn State Global website will help you have the best study abroad experience possible. We recommend that you begin this process at least one year prior to the semester you plan on studying abroad. Visit the Steps to Study Abroad section of the Penn State Global website. 

How to Apply

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Application procedures can vary by program. Students should consult the application instructions available within each application. For more information, see the Application Process section of the Penn State Global website. 


You must apply to this program by the Penn State deadline. For a list of deadlines visit the Application Process page of the Penn State Global website.

Contact Education Abroad 

If you have general questions about Education Abroad opportunities at Penn State, please email

Peer Advisers

Education Abroad Peer Advisers are Penn State study abroad returnees who advise students on education abroad opportunities at Penn State. Each Peer Adviser can explain program options, give an overview of the study abroad process, as well as provide information about their experience abroad. Peer Advisers have walk-in hours in Boucke Building during the fall and spring semester when classes are in session. For more information, visit the Education Abroad Peer Adviser website. 

Education Abroad Advisers 

Education Abroad Advisers can provide information about courses, support services, application processes, housing details, program costs, cultural expectations, pre-departure requirements, and much more. Education Abroad Advisers have two types of meetings - scheduled appointments and walk-ins. For more information about how to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser, please visit the Penn State Global website

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2023 09/10/2022
Rolling Admission 01/18/2023 05/14/2023
Fall 2023 03/01/2023
03/11/2023 TBA TBA
Spring 2024 09/10/2023
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed