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  • Locations: Bled, Slovenia; Buzet, Croatia; GroĹžnjan, Croatia; Koper, Slovenia; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Novo Mesto, Slovenia; Tolmin, Slovenia
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Education, Environmental Sciences, Geography, International Studies, Public Health, Sustainability, Tourism
Credit Type: Resident Credit Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program
SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:

Social Inclusion and Sustainability Innovations in Slovenia

*NEW* for Summer 2019: Add your name to the Inquiry List below
Dates Abroad: TBA
Course Dates: TBA
Price: TBA 
While exploring the beautiful countries of Slovenia and Croatia in eastern Europe, students in this program will have an opportunity to directly engage in specific ecological, social, and economic sustainability initiatives, including green innovation, rural community empowerment, social inclusion, and social sustainability innovation. Students will develop and propose innovative sustainable development policy recommendations while working on a regional social sustainability participatory action research project, in collaboration with faculty and students from the University of Primorska in Slovenia.

Students will participate in hands-on community-based learning focusing on the intersection of sustainable development, green innovations, and social inclusion. Visits include coastal, alpine, and hinterland communities and students will undertake coursework and service-learning activities relating to sustainable development for improving the quality of life of Slovenia’s underrepresented/marginalized rural populations and underserved ethno-cultural regions.  Students will gain exposure to multidisciplinary approaches to social sustainability innovations, including business, ecology, economics, education, gender studies, health, politics, sociology, tourism and hospitality, and more.


Students will spend about two weeks in cities throughout the country of Slovenia including two days in cities in the country of Croatia. 

Slovenia is a land of extraordinary biodiversity. Among the richest fauna and flora in Europe (given its tiny size), it is home to roughly 22,500 animals and plant species as well as rivers, lakes, caves, and forests that make it a country of immense biological and landscape diversity.  Owing to Slovenia’s economic reliance on the environment coupled with pursuits toward a green economy, the country has rapidly understood the urgency of maintaining a clean and healthy nature.  For this reason, action has been taken over the past years to foster sustainable development and ensure wellbeing.

Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital city, was named European Green Capital in 2016; furthermore, technological innovations and efficient actions from government and NGOs have turned Slovenia to become a flagship also in sustainable development applied to the agriculture and tourism industries.  In 2017, Slovenia was awarded the World Legacy Award by National Geographic for being one of the most sustainability-oriented countries. The National Geographic award is given to places that demonstrate environmental best practices, protection of cultural and natural heritage, benefits to local communities, and educating international visitors.


All participants are required to register for the following SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) “Special Sessions” course.  After you apply and are officially enrolled in the program, you will receive instructions on how to register for the course from the College of Extended Studies.

  • GEN S 480: Engaged Citizenship and Social Responsibility (3 units SDSU resident credit)
HINT for SDSU students: Log in to your WebPortal account and check your Degree Evaluation to see if the course fulfills your graduation requirementsOtherwise, meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options; click HERE for more information.  


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Dr. Vinod Sasidharan, Associate Professor, Hospitality and Tourism Management, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA), SDSU.  Learn more about Dr. Sasidharan


Payment Schedule:
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Included in the Program Fee:
  • 3 units of SDSU resident credit
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation insurance through SDSU
  • More information coming soon!

Not included in the Program Fee:
  • Roundtrip airfare to Slovenia
  • Passport and visa fees (visit Students Abroad for more information)
  • Vaccinations, if necessary (visit CDC website for more information) 
  • Personal expenses
  • More information coming soon!
Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • TBA - More information coming soon!
Course Tuition Refund:

Funding and Scholarship Information:
  • Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.0 
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities, and the general public
  • Open to all majors
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18.
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.

If you are interested in attending this program in Summer 2019, add your name to the Inquiry List below and you'll receive email updates when available.


  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • For course content, requirements, and specific information about the program, contact faculty leader Dr. Vinod Sasidharan at 
  • For more information about the program application and payment process, contact Phil Hoog, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:, (619) 594-0638.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.