The Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik is an independent international Centre for Advanced Studies, located in the famous old city of Dubrovnik. It was founded in 1972 to further postgraduate teaching and research through international cooperation between academic institutions throughout the world.

Over 170 Member Universities contribute to the annual Academic Program, by organizing courses and conferences and facilitating the participation of their staff and students. Membership is open to Universities and other Institutions of Advanced Studies as well as national and international inter-university institutions.

The Council is the highest governing body of the IUC and consists of one representative of each member institution.

The Executive Committee is elected by the Council to act on its behalf between Council meetings, and decides the annual Academic Program.

The Director General (DG) is appointed for four years and may be reappointed.


In the first Academic year of IUC, 4 courses were organized, involving 62 students. Since then, more than 40,000 scholars and students from all over the world have participated in more than thousand courses and conferences.

During the Cold War, the Centre provided an almost unique meeting place for free dialogue between East and West. After the end of the Cold War and after the end of the wars in former Yugoslavia, the Centre defines its mission as to continue and expand interdisciplinary studies by providing an institutional frame for courses and conferences, and to serve as an independent academic Centre for building and re-building mutual understanding and cooperation.

To this purpose, the Centre is initiating several new programs, in particular in the field of environmental changes, international security, medical science and Mediterranean studies, as well as on the transformation of democracies and the management of higher education.


Courses are proposed by scholars from member institutions or by the Director General. The courses are organized by the Course Organizing Director and the Course Directors from at least two different countries, and have normally a duration of then days. The Course Directors invite lecturers on the basis of their expertise on the subject of the course, the expenses of the faculty and all other costs are covered by grants and scholarships of the member universities and gifts and donations from others, in particular international foundations. Courses are held at a postgraduate level but are also open to particularly motivated undergraduate students.

The Secretariat of the Centre can provide information about the possibilities to acquire a scholarship for different countries.

Annual offerings of the school are organized in the form of symposia. Every five to ten years we organize a conference.

Conferences are frequently organized at the Centre in conjunction with courses. They normally last a few days. Courses and conferences are usually held between September and June, when the climate in Dubrovnik is mild and hotel costs are relatively low.


  • The courses of IUC are self-managed in accordance with these guidelines.
  • All courses proposed to be held at the IUC need approval of the Executive Committee, which represents the Council between Council meetings. Smaller conferences and symposia need the approval of the Director General (DG).
  • Proposals for courses should be received at the IUC Secretariat latest by 31 March, in order to be on the Agenda of the EC meeting in April.
  • A course announced on the annual IUC Academic Program poster can only be canceled with the approval of the DG.
  • Course Directors should begin their planning as early as possible and finalize the arrangements for their course at least half a year before the academic year in which the course is to be held. The DG will need two sets of information:
    1. For the Annual Program poster, Course title, names of Course Directors and their institutions, and dates at which you wish the course to be offered.
    2. For the individual course poster, a summary course description and the names of lecturers and their institutions. All information regarding School should be sent to Dada M. Maglajlic'
  • Every course must have at least two Course Directors, representing institutions from two countries. One of these should be the Organizing Course Director: she or he will be responsible for all matters concerning organization.
  • Every effort should be made to secure the cooperation of a suitable and diversified number of lecturers and experts, representing at least three different countries. Similarly, every effort should be made to recruit students from as many countries as possible.
  • The course should be taught at a postgraduate level.
  • The total number of persons taking part in a course should not, as a rule, fall below 10 or exceed 60. For conferences this rule does not apply.
  • Applications for admission to a course should be sent to the Organizing Course Director and to the IUC Secretariat in Dubrovnik. The Course Directors decide about admission.
  • Course Directors, Lecturers and Participants are expected to secure financial support to cover their expenses from their universities or from other organizations and funding bodies.
    1. The IUC requires the payment of a small course fee, currently EU 40, or the Kn equivalent to be paid by all course participants. Under very exceptional circumstances the DG may grant permission to charge higher course fee. In such cases, the Course Organizing Director must apply to the DG, stating her/his reasons, and the terms and conditions granted by the DG must be fully observed. For ex. If the Course Fee is not paid by one of the Member Institutions, higher fee in the amount of 55 - 75 EU may be charged.
    2. For each course a general fee of 550 EU is to be paid. Course directors are responsible for it. Half of this amount has to be paid in advance, by cheque, six months before the beginning of the course, and the other half at the beginning of the course. Eventual reductions may be possible if requested by letter stating specific reasons. Special arrangement with the IUC is possible.

According to the 5 year agreement (from 2002) with the Croatian Ministry of Science about 300 scholarships are to be offered to participants from Croatian universities, covering accommodation and travel. Applications should be sent to the IUC Secretariat at least one month before the beginning of the respective course (maximally five scholarships per course can be awarded).

HESP Program in Budapest will continue to offer scholarships for courses in the field of humanities and social sciences for participants from the widest South-East European Region (Albania, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Srbia and Monte Negro, and Slovenia). Starting in 2005 scholarships will cover local expenses only. Please visit the IUC web-site re. form, guidelines and further instructions ( ) HESP will provide the same, partial scholarship for one presenter in several courses with more flexible eligibility criteria. Please contact the IUC Secretariat for more details. All applications should reach the IUC Secretariat at least one month before the respective course.It is also expected that the DAAD will continue their support to German professors and postgraduates participating in IUC courses. Application should be sent to DAAD office in Bonn.


Annual academic program for each of the six courses is offered in the form of annual symposium. The course is conducted five days per week, with morning and afternoon sessions. Its pattern will however remain flexible and will be determined by a specific requirement of the course.

  • Upon request, every participant shall receive a statement of participation. Certificates are issued only upon approval by the Course Director and the DG. In order to earn a certificate, all participants are expected to properly register, pay the fee, actively participate throughout the five days, attending plenary sessions, small group sessions, filed trips and other programs of the annual symposia.
  • It will be fair to state that the main difference between the Course Organizing Director, Course Directors, Lecturers (Resource Persons) and the participants is in the amount of actual work put, invested into the program before start of the annual symposia. Once it does start, we are all "students" and "teachers" at the same time. We exchange our ideas and experience in a highly participatory, very respectful, egalitarian manner. Ideally, we look for one third faculty and researchers, one third well established, experienced professionals and one third students.
  • Program is offered at postgraduate level. Advanced, highly motivated undergraduate students are accepted with at least one letter of reference.
  • Language of the school is English.
  • Editorial Board made a decision in June 2003, that three best lectures from each of the six course will be "printed" in the IUC Journal of SW Theory and Practice.
2001 Copyright BSU/IUC Journal of Social Work Theory & Practice