White and beige houses with red clay tile roofs in Croatia

Voices of Youth: The Fight for Social Change in Croatia

  1. Program Details

    Global Seminar May Session 2020: Explore the rise and fall of youth social movements in Croatia.

    Location Zagreb, Osejik, Rijeka, Croatia
    Term May Session
    Housing Hostel, Hotel
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5
    Student Type UofM Students, Non UofM Students
    Student Year Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No language prerequisite
  2. About Voices of Youth: The Fight for Social Change in Croatia

    Over the last 80 years, the status of Croatia has shifted dramatically. Its history is one of constant struggle for human rights alongside repeated human-rights violations, including ethnic cleansing and genocide. Since the late 1970s and '80s, Croatia emerged as an independent state, fought against its neighbors in a bloody civil war from 1991–1995, and finally joined the European Union in 2013. 

    Course Description

    This Global Seminar explores the rise and fall of youth social movements in Croatia, while examining how youth social movements emerge, sustain, and often decline over time. We will discuss the philosophy that we can only expect young people to be involved in civic and political affairs if we create pathways and opportunities for their involvement and provide support for their political activity.

    For a more detailed overview of the course, see the Academics tab.

    Housing & Meals

    Stay in shared hostel and/or hotel rooms with other program participants. Welcome and farewell meals will be included in the program fee. Most other meals will be at your own expense.


    Excursions will illuminate the program coursework and may include visits to Plitvice National Park, Brac Island, Diocletian’s Palace, local museums, the Institute for Social Research, and the Center for Youth and Gender Studies. 

    Other potential excursions:

    • Osijek—place where Serbians were exiled, origin of Balkan War and peace movement 
    • Sisak—origin of anti-fascist youth movement
    • Center for Peace Studies, Human Rights House Network—organization supporting current youth movements around student, migrant, and refugee rights
    • Jasenovac Museum—former concentration camp
    • Osijek Volunteer Center—center dedicated to building democratic skills and practices within civic society with an emphasis on working with young people

    Learning Outcomes

    • Develop independence by challenging yourself in a new environment
    • Function as an effective team member by utilizing your personal strengths in a group setting
    • Explore a specific topic through experiential and interdisciplinary approaches

    Faculty & Staff

    This Global Seminar is led by Ross Velure Roholt, an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work in the College of Education & Human Development.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Field Study, Study Abroad Center, Instructor-Led
    Program Level 3000 level courses

    One 3-credit course

    Global Seminars are three-week study abroad programs led by University of Minnesota faculty & staff that feature:

    • Intensive learning in a location that illuminates the topic
    • Small groups of 15-25 students
    • No prerequisites or language requirements
    • Included excursions and cultural activities
    • Instruction in English


    Syllabus for YOST 3011

    We will explore the following questions:

    1. What opportunities have been created for youth political involvement? 
    2. How has youth participation been supported?
    3. What major issues mobilized young people in the past and how have these changed over time?
    4. How did the rapid social change in Croatian society impact and influence the formation and sustentation of youth social movements in Croatia?
    5. What impact have various youth movements had on Croatian civic society and civic and political practices and cultures?

    This course will begin with the youth movements that emerged during the Nazi occupation and culminate in examining current youth social movements in Croatia. Visit historical sites and meet with former and current youth movement leadership to learn about historical movements, such as the right-wind Ustasha youth movement (related to the Hitler youth movement), the Communist youth movement (who opposed the Nazi occupation), the Croatian Catholic Movement (HKP), and others. We will place youth movements within the broader context of the changing Croatia state and society.

    Complete reflections (video/audio recorded or written), create weekly group designed digital stories, investigate a youth social movement in small groups, present a personal learning portfolio at the end of the program, and actively participate and engage in program excursions and assignments.

    Receive credit for: YOST 3011

    Fulfills: YOST Major Elective

    Liberal Education Fulfillment: Global Perspectives

  4. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Term Program Dates Priority Application Deadline* Final Application Deadline
    May Sesson May 15 – Jun 7, 2020 February 1, 2020 March 1, 2020

    Program dates are subject to change.

    If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Important Note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 25 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    May Session TBD TBD
  5. Fees for Voices of Youth: The Fight for Social Change in Croatia

    May Session 2020 Cost of Participation 

    Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, group flight airfare, airport transfers, in-country program related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. Generally, the program fees range from $5,500–$7,500. You must also budget for passport and passport photos, some meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.

    Cost of Participation

    If you do not see a cost of participation for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

    Fees or tuition from home institutions may be added to or differ from the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center fees listed on this page.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.
  6. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term May Session 2020
    Program Name Global Seminar: Voices of Youth: The Fight for Social Change in Croatia
    Track Name Voices of Youth: The Fight for Social Change in Croatia
    Country Croatia


    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.


    After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

    • Essay
    • Transcript
    • Home Institution Nomination (Non-UofM students only)

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

    If you do not meet the GPA requirement for this program you will be required to submit two additional application items—the Low GPA Essay and Special Circumstances Recommendation. Both items will be added to your checklist after you start your application, and you will be notified when they have been added.

    Next Steps

    After your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.
  7. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Ashley Metz or call at 612.626.6380.