University of Oregon

Conservation Field School in Croatia

Program Overview

The Croatia Conservation Summer Field School offers a unique look at the vernacular building culture of Croatia’s central Dalmatian Coast. The Field school is an intensive historic preservation and cultural landscapes program that allows students to gain hands-on experience in a culturally rich setting. Small teams of students explore villages constructed between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries while learning the history of the area, documenting and analyzing important structures, and investigating local sustainable practices such as rainwater catchment. There are numerous field trips led by local experts, and students learn local building skills by participating in hands-on building projects. The program includes two main sessions with a short break (or intersession) between.

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Academic Details

The Croatia Conservation Field School is an intensive study program offered during the summer term. This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students and is primarily intended for students interested in historic preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, cultural anthropology and related fields. The field school is based in the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts, and students successfully completing the course of work will earn 9 UO credit hours. The field school works closely with the Croatia Ministry of Culture, which provides lectures, full-time interpretive field staff, and assistance in defining and directing the focus of the studies.


Faculty and Staff

Architecture Professor Rob Thallon, who has directed the program for five years, will again serve as the resident director and primary instructor. The Croatia Ministry of Culture provides on-site staffing, lecturers, and field trips throughout the session. Students are also enrolled for four days of instruction by a master stonemason at Klesarska Skola, a 100-year-old stone cutting school on the island of Brac.

Housing Description

Students will stay in private restored vernacular apartments on the mainland and in wonderful hostels in historic Trogir and on the island of Brac.

Additional Requirements

  • Students should be aware that this program can involve a good deal of hiking, sometimes while carrying a small amount of equipment, in terrain that includes moderate elevation changes. 
  • Coursework or background in historic preservation, architecture or related fields is strongly recommended but not required.


Dates and Deadlines

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Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.