Croatia IFE – Summer 2017


Croatia is a small country with just under 5 million residents located in the southeastern Europe with diverse landscapes and rich history, cultural heritage, and traditions. Its exceptional natural environment is comprised of picturesque rolling hills, pristine forests, dramatic karst topography, mountain ridges, fertile plains, and interconnected system of rivers and lakes—all teeming with wildlife and endemic species. The country has eight national parks, including the National Park Plitvice, which features an ecologically distinctive system of 16 lakes and 92 waterfalls and was declared UNESCO’s heritage site in 1979.

Croatian coastline along the Adriatic Sea, known as the ‘land of a thousand islands’ with the pristine beaches and crystal clear seawater, supports thriving finishing industry and tourism. The unique beauty of Croatian coastal settlements can be seen from the scenes of King’s Landing in the famous HBO’s TV series Game of Thrones filmed in the historic city of Dubrovnik.

Themes: urbanization, ecotourism, development pressures on ecologically sensitive environments, sustainability efforts.


Virginia Tech semester: Summer 2017
IFE Dates: June 20-29, 2017
Faculty Lead:  Anamaria Bukvic
Program Fee:  $3300 (does not include graduate tuition or international airfare)
Registration Deadline:  May 1, 2017 (as part of NR 5114 or NR 5954)

CLiGS International Field Experiences provide opportunities for graduate students and professionals to travel and gain international sustainability experience in rapidly developing regions of the world. Offered as part of a graduate level course through Virginia Tech’s Master of Natural Resources degree program (NR 5114 – Global Issues in Natural Resources), participants earn three graduate credits from Virginia Tech for their participation in the course and project. The course is conducted online, except for the ten-day fieldwork element conducted in China.  Graduate credits earned through this project can be applied to the Graduate Certificate in Global Sustainability, and the online and global formats of the Master of Natural Resources degree.