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Montclair in Croatia 2017
Zagreb, Croatia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break Travel
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Program Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Other Minimum GPA: 2.5
Academic Area: Justice Studies, Politics
Program Description:

Montclair in Croatia:         

International Justice and the Politics of Memory

Course: January – May, 2017

Travel: March 3 – 12, 2017

Payment Deadlines and Costs
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This spring semester course includes a one-week study abroad experience in Zagreb, the vibrant capital city where East meets West and Rijeka, Croatia’s third largest port city, an economically and culturally thriving regional hub for local and international visitors with a multi-layered history. Zagreb, a city of cafes, also features a kilometer-long wall of striking graffiti, sponsored by the city itself. The city of Rijeka was marked by alternating foreign occupations that range from the yoke of the Habsburg Empire to the German-Italian invasion. These historical tensions provide the students a real-time immersion into the political challenges of dealing with the past, also known as the politics of memory.  The Balkan conflict in the 1990s and efforts to deal with mass atrocities, particularly in Croatia, are still ongoing and therefore constitute an ideal learning environment. Based at the University of Rijeka, it will involve daily interaction with local students and professors.

The one week study tour is an integral part of the spring semester course. The course is an overview of transitional justice and human rights in an international context, and will address the evolution of transitional justice and human rights, examine different actors that promote these norms, and discuss the protection and enforcement of human rights to promote international justice. In addition to lectures by experts in the field of human rights and memory politics, simulations and role play exercises, students will participate in excursions to different types of memorials, including sites dedicated to World War II as well as the more recent conflict of the 1990s. Site visits will include the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum and the former Governor’s Palace, among others.

Rijeka_PortRijeka Port
Capuchin Church of Our Lady of
Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes
Trsat Castle
Trsat Castle

students examining
Wall of Graffiti in Zagreb

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. He has been working in the Balkan region on human rights issues and social movements since 2007, developing fluency in Croatian in addition to French, German and Spanish.

Guest lecturers: Faculty from the University of Rijeka.

Dr. Arnaud Kurze
All students register for the following Spring 2017 course:
JUST 398 – Selected Topics in International Justice  (3 credits)
The course counts towards the following programs:
  • Justice Studies Major(s)    
  • Justice Systems 
  • International Justice and Paralegal Studies Concentrations
  • Justice Studies Minor(s)    
  • Environmental Justice Minor
  • Justice and Families Minor (with written permission)
  • Criminal Justice Minor (with written permission)
Counts as "Elective Collateral" for the following programs (by advisement)
  • Family and Child Studies w/ Concentration: Family Services (B.A)
JUST 101 or JUST 102 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval

Accommodation and Meals:
Participants will stay in centrally located youth hostels or university housing in multiple occupancy rooms. Participants will have access to the university cafeteria, and both Zagreb and Rijeka offer many affordable dining options.

Estimated Program Cost: $2,100 which includes:

  • Airfare
  • Hostel or Dorm style housing
  • Local Transportation                                                            

Not included in program cost:

  • Meals (estimated at $100)
  • Mandatory study abroad insurance (less than $25)
  • Personal expenses
  • Single rooms in hostels- ask about supplementary costs and availability

Program costs are based on 10 participants and current exchange rates and are subject to change.

Estimated Program Costs:

approximately $2,100
The program cost includes:

  • Airfare
  • Hostel or Dorm style housing
  • Local Transportation 

Program costs are based on a minimum of 10 participants and current exchange rates and are subject to change.

Payment Schedule:
Once accepted into the program, the payment schedule for the program costs is as follows:

Application Fee by Oct 15th:


First Deposit by Nov. 15th:    


Second Deposit by Dec. 15th:    


Final Payment by Feb.15th    

$350 (to be confirmed)

Make checks payable to “Montclair State University.”

Pre Enrollment Form
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.

The minimum GPA is 2.5 and students must be in good academic standing and not be under disciplinary action. 

For Further Information:
Payment for program costs is handled through the Global Education Center. Payment can be made by check, money order or by completing a credit card authorization form, but not through online payments. Make checks or money orders payable to “Montclair State University.”
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 (December 3) and 50% of the program cost at the 60 day point (January 3). Cancellations received after February 3 are non-refundable.
All application components must be completed by November 1st in order to be eligible to register for the spring semester course. No visas are required for U.S. citizens, but a copy of a passport is needed by December 1 and should be valid for 6 months beyond the trip dates. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for confirming whether they need a tourist visa. The Global Education Center will provide supporting documentation if necessary.
For further information:
Contact Dr. Arnaud Kurze at 973-655-7960 or   Contact the Global Education Center at 973-655-4185 or email

Faculty Led Short-Term Study Abroad Institutes Forms

Global Education Center
Student Center Annex
Montclair State University
, NJ 07043


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