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UGA Croatia: Cultural Heritage and Archaeology


The heritage of a nation, of a people, encompasses both past and present, the tangible and intangible. It is reflected in ancient monuments and contemporary art, in medieval street patterns and modern architecture, in traditional foods and the latest fashion in music, and the ways in which people interact with their environment. Heritage is complicated, and so are nations. The Croatia Maymester Abroad is an exploration of Croatian heritage, its storied past from Roman antiquity to the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s , its exciting present.

We will have an orientation meeting for program participants in April 2024. This meeting will also be available via Zoom, and will be recorded. Please email Dr Pickett [] if you plan to attend, or would like access to the Zoom or its recording.


Our Maymester program (9 credit hours; no prerequisites) focuses Croatia through an exploration of its cultural heritage. Students will spend considerable time ‘in the field’, actively exploring, and analyzing, the built environment of the cities of Zagreb, Zadar, Pula, Split, and Venice. The program satisfies the Experiential Learning requirement.


Countries: Croatia and Italy

Cities: Zadar, Zagreb, Pula, Split, and Venice

Academic Goals: This program’s focus is on cultural heritage, heritage preservation, tourism impacts on cultural heritage, regional history and archaeology.


Jordan Pickett is an Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Georgia specializing in Archaeology and architecture, environmental and climate history, historical geography of cities in the Roman, Late Antique, and Byzantine Eastern Mediterranean.

Cari Goetcheus is the Draper Chair professor in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia. A licensed landscape architect, Dr Goetcheus has more than 25 years experience in research, planning, preservation, and project management including work with the National Park Service, the Cultural Landscape Inventory program, Gullah Geechee communities in coastal South Carolina, the Clemson University Preservation Master Plan, and various other projects. She is also the director of the Founders Memorial Garden at UGA.

Wayde Brown is an associate professor in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Goergia, specializing in the history of the preservation movement, viewing it as a “cultural phenomenon” of the Modern era. He is especially interested in the ‘creation’ of historic sites during the early and mid-twentieth century, and in the use of historical reconstructions.


HIPR 4850/6850 Selected Topics in Heritage Conservation: Croatia Nature Culture: Relationship between Environment, Heritage, and Design

Credits: 3
Course Description: The study of the interaction of humans and their environment is done in many ways, from human geography to cultural landscapes. Using the lens of historic preservation, this course is an introduction to studying the interaction between nature and humans, and their resulting designs, using the countries of Croatia and Italy as both a focus, and as a reference to reflect on American NatureCulture relationships.
Meeting date(s): TBA
Instructor: Prof. Cari Goetcheus
Department: UGA CED / Historic Preservatio

HIPR 4070/6070 Regional Studies in Heritage Conservation

Credits: 3
Course Description: Heritage conservation has long been part of the ‘Western Tradition’, if sporadically expressed. Theodoric the Great (454-526 CE), For example, appointed a curator for the historic monuments of Rome. Following the French Revolution, heritage conservation gradually became part of most state bureaucracies in Europe. In the United States, similar programs evolved largely in the twentieth-century, as ‘historic preservation’. With the adoption of the World Heritage Convention in 1972, these definitions of heritage and management practices have been challenged and ultimately expanded. This course will introduce basic concepts within the field, in the context of Croatia and the Adriatic region but also with reference to the American experience. There will be a focus on the topic of ‘cultural tourism’.
Meeting date(s): TBA
Instructor: Prof. Wayde Brown
Department: UGA CED / Historic Preservation

CLAS 4305/6305 Selected Topics in Ancient Civilization: Archaeology of Roman, Late Antique, and Medieval Croatia

Credits: 3
Course Description: Course Description: In this course, students will encounter the archaeology of Roman and Late Antique Croatia via engagement with sites such as the amphitheater and temple of Pula, Diocletian’s Palace at Split, and the ruined city of Salona. Students will learn basic skills in the documentation and interpretation of historical architecture with digital tools including Google Earth, Trimble Sketchup, Adobe Illustrator, and photogrammetry with drones and handheld cameras using 3DF Zephyr. Student assessment is based upon ten activities conducted in the field.
Meeting date(s): TBA
Instructor: Prof. Jordan Pickett
Department: UGA Department of Classics

Total: 9 Credit Hours


May 13th, 2024 - Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Zagreb, Croatia at the start of the program and from Venice, Italy at the end of the program. In order to arrive in Zagreb on May 14th for the official start of the program, May 13th is the last possible day to depart the United States. All other travel within Europe is included in the program fee.

May 14th, 2024 - Official start of the program

June 3rd, 2024- Official end of the program

June 4th, 2024 - Departure from Venice


Zagreb, Croatia

  • Kumrovec historic village
  • Castle of Veliki Tabor
  • WW2 concentration camp of Jasenovac
  • Turopolje
  • Study Day

Split, Croatia

  • Krka national park
  • Diocletian's Palace, Cathedral, Substructures, Synagogue, & Museum
  • Trogir

Zadar, Croatia

  • Benedictine Convent
  • Museum of Ancient Glass
  • Center for Underwater Archaeology

Pula, Croatia

  • Tesla Museum
  • Istria
  • Roc
  • Porec
  • Rovinj
  • Adriatic Sea
  • Free Day

Venice, Italy

  • National Archaeology Museum Venice, Italy
  • Basilica and Treasury of San Marco
  • Study Day
  • Island of San Michele
  • Island of Torcello


All hotels are centrally located and include breakfast and access to WiFi (occasionally for a fee). Several group meals are included, otherwise, students have many food options at various price points as opportunities to interact with the local culture and people.

PROGRAMS COSTS: $4,200.00*

*Subject to change. Amount does not include tuition or flights to and from Europe (~$1500).

The basic cost of the program is estimated at $4200.00 ($3900.00 plus a $300.00 deposit). Tuition is not included in this cost. See for tuition rates. Additional scholarships are available via ELP and the Honors College, etc. The cost of the program includes: all hotels, all transportation and museum entrances, breakfast every day, and many (but not all) lunches and dinners.

*Students who are not residents of Georgia or do not attend a University System of Georgia University or College pay an additional $250.00. 


Zell Miller and Hope Scholarships can be used to defray tuition.

UGA Classics thanks the Philips Foundation for its generous financial support that reduces the program cost for all students.


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