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Montclair in Croatia
Dubrovnik, Croatia (Outgoing Program)
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Program Description:


Montclair in Croatia

Transitional Justice and the Politics of Memory

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Course dates:
July 15 – August 6, 2015 (Hybrid)

Travel to Greece:
June 21 - July 3, 2015

Montclair in Croatia 2016 here!

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Summer Program in Croatia Focuses on Transitional Justice

This course consists of a twelve-day study abroad experience with lectures, field trips and reading and written assignments. It will take place in the vibrant island town of Cres, located in the Adriatic Sea along the Croatian coast. Croatia is the most recent European Union member state with a fascinating, turbulent history of state-building in recent years. Students will be offered hands-on insights into political changes in the Mediterranean region including the former Yugoslavia, North Africa and the Middle East (MENA) through an intensive and rigorous academic program and through excursions.


This unique summer institute combines the expertise of various international human rights experts and transitional justice scholars and is organized by Montclair State University, the University of Rijeka (Croatia) and the University of Groningen (Netherlands). The course explores the significant political transformations as a result of conflict, state formation and transitional processes in the Balkans and the MENA region. A variety of guest lecturers, including professor, practitioners and activists, will discuss and shed light on a number of timely and compelling topics, such as recent revolutionary uprisings across the Arab Spring, armed conflict, the ouster of dictators, and the promotion of democracy in the region.

Field trips, including an excursion to Croatia’s third largest city and vital seaport, Rijeka, offer students the opportunity to explore and study the multi-layered history of the region. The city was marked by alternating foreign occupations that range from the yoke of the Habsburg Empire to the German-Italian invasion. These historical tensions allow the students a real-time immersion into the political challenges of dealing with the past, also known as the politics of memory. International and local experts are always available to guide students during their research projects.

Dr. Arnaud Kurze is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice Studies and an expert on transitional justice studies. Previously Dr. Kurze has taught for New York University, Sciences Po (The Institut d'études politiques de Paris in France) and the Center for Global Studies at George Mason University. Dr. Kurze teaches courses on post-conflict and international justice as well as human rights issues. His research has taken him to North Africa and the former Yugoslavia, where he spent several years studying the effects of war crimes and mass atrocities on post-authoritarian societies.

All students register for the following: 

JUST 398 -- Study in Croatia: International Justice and Human Rights               (3 credits)

This is a seminar-style course, including guest lectures and field trips, which will be held in the Adriatic coastal town of Cres in Croatia during the 2015 summer session. The course will focus on transitional justice, the politics of memory, human rights, democratization and political change in countries around the Mediterranean basin (including the Balkans as well as Arab Spring countries). The course culminates with a written evaluation of materials covered in the lectures and excursions during the trip. Students will also conduct individual research studies, submitting their findings in a research paper upon their return to Montclair. Prerequisites: none There will not be any in-person class meetings after July 3, but the final research paper can be submitted electronically up to the August 6 course end.



Accommodations and Meals
Participants will stay in centrally located university housing or private apartments in double or triple occupancy rooms. Restaurant lunches are provided throughout the course. Most of the breakfasts and dinners are included in the program fees.


Application procedure and payment schedule:
All participants are required to submit
  1. Pre-enrollment Form confirming interview with the faculty director;
  2. Reference form completed by a faculty member other than the faculty leading that program; and
  3. $100 application fee.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling admissions basis but the recommended deadline is February 1 to ensure sufficient space.
The minimum GPA is 2.75 and students must be in good academic standing and not be under disciplinary action. Summer programs are open to non-MSU students and high achieving high school seniors who demonstrate special interest. Non-MSU students, new transfer students and high school seniors will need to submit two references forms, an official transcript from their home institution(s) and an additional $100 administration fee. Telephone interviews with the faculty will be accepted for out-of-state students. After completion of the program, non-MSU students will request an MSU transcript for submission to the home institution.


Tuition Cost Payment Schedule:
Participants will register for MSU Summer Sessions and pay tuition directly to the MSU Bursar by May 1. The Summer Sessions Registration window opens in April.

Cancellation policy:
Because commitments are made by the University based on the number of students, there is a sliding scale of cancellation penalties beginning from 20% of the program cost at the 90 day point (March 21) and 50% of the program cost at the 60 day point (April 21). Cancellations received after May 21 are non-refundable.

Payment Schedule:
Applications and the $100 fee may be submitted at any time, but the recommended timeline is early February. Once accepted, the payment schedule is:
Non-Refundable Application Fee     
By March 1
By April 1

Make checks payable to “Montclair State University”


A limited number of partial scholarships are available for MSU students. See the Global Education Center sites for further information. 



For further information:
Contact Dr. Arnaud Kurze at 973-655-5355 or   Contact the Global Education Center at 973-655-4185 or email



Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.