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  • Locations: Dubrovnik, Croatia; Plitvice Lakes, Croatia; Split, Croatia; Venice, Italy; Zadar, Croatia; Zagreb, Croatia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Hotel
Liberal Studies Domain: EL, Global Business Perspective Study Abroad Contact: Julianne Angeli
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:

The beauty of Venice and Croatia
Have you ever visited a UNESCO World Heritage site? Have you ever taken a boat ride down a Mediterranean coastline? Have ever had a chance to walk through an ancient city? Or a city completely surrounded by water?

Through first-hand interviews, in-depth tours, hands-on experiences, and self-exploration, you will learn how tourism drives economies. We begin our seminar with our first UNESCO World Heritage Site - Venice, a city of winding canals and a rich history of trade and tourism. Our next stop will be Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, including the UNESCO World Heritage site, Plitvice Lakes. From there, we will tour the Venetian ruins in small towns along the Dalmatian coastline. We will wrap up our seminar by making way to the ancient city of Dubrovnik, our last UNESCO World Heritage site of the trip, by boat. Here we will tour the Dominican Monastery, the medieval ruins, and explore the different vineyards of the region.

Tourism connects cultures and is one of the most significant influences on the world economy. This seminar provides students with an intimate view of how cities balance the benefits and challenges of tourism to prosper and grow.


Mary Jo Dolasinski is an Assistant Professor of Hospitality Leadership in the Richard H. Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University. Her main teaching and research interests are in talent management, brand management, and online distribution channels. Prior to joining DePaul in 2016, she spent 20 plus years in industry focused on both talent management and corporate events in the hotel industry. She has been invited to deliver keynote addresses and workshops for many organizations, non-for-profits and universities. Her work has been recognized in Training Magazine’s “Top 125 Training Companies,” and received the Industry Recognition Award for ongoing efforts toward the advancement of hospitality and tourism education presented by the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education Association. Dr. Dolasinski has authored several articles, books and training programs. She received her undergraduate degrees in hotel and restaurant management and her Master’s degree in Communication and Creative Arts from Purdue University. She received Ph.D. from Iowa State University in hospitality and tourism.
Daniel Sachs is the Director of Corporate Education Programs at DePaul University. In addition, he teaches classes on Management, Entrepreneurship and Service Leadership.
Dan is the founder and owner of the BIN 36 restaurant and wine brand. After successfully opening the first restaurant in 1999, the wine brand was established in 2005 and grew to distribution of over 10,000 cases in a combination of domestic and international sales. Currently, Dan consults on hospitality operations for private equity firms, large hotel companies and live entertainment venues. His experience working with executive teams as well as on the “front lines” makes him uniquely qualified to translate a strategic vision into daily operations. In addition, Dan is actively involved in leadership development working with a wide array of companies in the greater Chicagoland area.
Dan’s knowledge of food, wine, and restaurant operations have been recognized nationally. He has been a featured speaker for Nation’s Restaurant News, the National Restaurant Association, Food & Wine magazine as well as at a number of Chicago events. Recently, Sachs published a book, The Million Dollar Greeting, that focuses on integrating hospitality practices across the service economy. He is currently working on a project that looks at empathy traits in business.
Dan Sachs is a doctoral student in business at DePaul University with anticipated graduation in the spring of 2020. He is a graduate of the La Varenne Culinary School in France and Harvard College.

Course ICS 350 (Undergraduate)/ IB 750 (Graduate), International Business Seminar
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Spring Quarter 2021
Liberal Studies Domains: Global Business Perspective &Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Mary Jo Dolasinski and Daniel Sachs
Course description The objective of this course is to develop an awareness and interpretation of the diverse practices and policies between well-established tourism destinations and emerging tourism destinations. Geographic, cultural and economic differences between tourism locations are explored through a combination of reading, in-class discussion and experiential learning. The course will provide students with an opportunity to evaluate international tourism practices compared to those in the US. Students will explore a variety of key tourist destinations/experiences offered in each location, the types of marketing used to promote each of the tourism resources visited and investigate the economic sustainability requirements of each market. Students assignments will focus on Chicago’s tourism industry prior to departure as well as throughout the study abroad in Italy and Croatia. All activities, meetings, and required work will be designed to coincide with the Learning Outcomes.

Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Map of Italy and Croatia
Students stay in hotels in double occupancy rooms. The group will travel from Venice to Dubrovnik stopping for one to two nights each in smaller cities and towns along the Adriatic Sea.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward in the Summer 2021 term. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them. As of this publication, students on the Venice and Croatia program who are US citizens DO NOT need a visa. Please note, however, that visa requirements can change. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes to the visa requirements as they become available.

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Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:

Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.

This program is currently not accepting applications.