API offers an opportunity to study in the beautiful Dubrovnik, Croatia. We had the chance to chat with program alumni about the picturesque views, unique culture and adventure-filled excursions to ultimately answer the question; “Why Dubrovnik?” This interview is from Courtney from Metropolitan State University of Denver, who studied with API in Dubrovnik.
Why did you choose Dubrovnik as your study abroad location?
I always knew I wanted to study abroad, but I had no idea where. I went to the study abroad office at my home university of Metropolitan State University of Denver and she loaded me up with booklets of study abroad programs. I was flipping around in the API one, and Dubrovnik is the first one I saw. I was like “Wow, is this place real? It looks amazing!” I then looked into it further and fell in love. I loved that it was still in Europe so I would be able to visit other countries, but it was also something unique and full of history. And I also knew no one who had been there before, so I, of course, had to be the trendsetter.
What was your favorite API excursion or cultural event?
We got to go to Rome, which was probably my second favorite because it is a place I have always wanted to go. It’s full of culture, amazing food and incredible monuments. But my favorite would have to be Plitvice Lakes National Park. It is a national park in Croatia made up of 16 lakes all interconnected by beautiful waterfalls. It is hands down one of the most amazing places I have ever been.
What were some of your favorite things to do in Dubrovnik in your down time?
Croatians love coffee. Something I had to learn to do was not down my coffee in two minutes like I do at home, but actually, sit and enjoy it for hours on end. In true Croatian fashion, we really learned the art of drinking one coffee over the course of a couple hours while catching up with friends. When it got warmer, we were at the beach every single day. I would go before class, after class, any chance I got I had my toes in the crystal clear Adriatic Sea.
What was your favorite class/classes?
My favorite class was my History of Civilizations class. It was really interesting learning history from a European perspective. I do wish I would have been able to take a Dubrovnik History class because I feel like Dubrovnik’s history is so rich and I learned something new everyday.
How easy was it to make friends with other students or get along with locals?
Very easy! I became friends with my two roommates very quickly and our whole group became a tight-knit bunch by the end. There was always someone to hang out with. We would all go to the beach, walk the walls, and when Star Wars was filming in Dubrovnik we did a Star Wars marathon at one of the apartments. We befriended some of the locals while in our classes and ended up hanging out with them after classes and on the weekends.
What would you tell someone who is considering Dubrovnik as a study abroad destination?
Look no further, you have found the perfect study abroad destination. If I had a chance to go back I would in a heart beat. I miss Dubrovnik, the people, the Adriatic, the coffee, the cevapi… the list goes on and on.