From idea to course

How to practically go about organizing a graduate course or a conference at the Inter-University Centre

Before the Course

The outset of your IUC course will be either an idea of how to internationalize an existing research theme in your own university or national context - or it will be about meeting (parts of) your existing European or overseas research networks. You will want to explore the potential of your research themes or your already existing courses at graduate and Ph.D. level internationally. Within the tradition and framework of the Inter University Centre any discipline is welcomed, along with inter-disciplinary or cross-disciplinary courses.

The IUC will provide you with an application form. You have to present a team of two or three researchers as course directors and their home universities - representing a minimum two countries. Attention to Croatian universities is welcome, but it is not a demand. One of the course directors must be the ‘organizing’ one, with whom the IUC will communicate.

You will set the date of your programme, design the title and a brief description of the course, a list of professors and other staff, teaching, instructing or supervising during the course. The general staffing of your course is announced as ‘resource persons’, and it is generally expected that resource persons take part in the course.

You will submit your plan to the IUC Secretariat with a view to its approval by the Executive Committee by March 31st every year. Your course will be reviewed and approved by the IUC Executive committee, announced on the on the IUC web pages, other media and IUC annual poster, sent to all member universities. The Director General has the authority to accept courses offered all year round - within the organizational scope left by the general planning. Those courses are also announced on the web pages.

In case of queuing up for space, the Director General will suggest and negotiate a solution. You are of course encouraged to announce the course yourself to all relevant potential partners all over the world. You will of course secure the best possible networking and diversity of approaches within your field, and attempt to recruit participants from as many countries as are relevant in your field. Course participation should not fall below ten or exceed 60. This rule does not apply for conferences.

The competence of accepting participants rests with you as the organizing course director.

You will keep the IUC Secretariat informed of the process of recruitment for your course, and you will receive current information from the Secretariat about potential participants approaching the IUC through web pages. You will in due course inform the IUC of your needs of technical equipment and of any extra demands for classrooms; exceeding the lecture room you are allotted.

The overall space consists of a large conference hall, which can accommodate 110 participants, 10 classrooms of different sizes, two cabinets and a library. The conference hall and classrooms are equipped with power point and overhead projectors. Simultaneous translation equipment is also available in the conference hall.

Participants of IUC courses and conferences have a computer room with internet connection and a printer at their disposal every work day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The standard General course fee for courses for organisers coming from IUC member institutions is 600 Euro. If organisers are coming from non-members the General course fee is 1000 Euro per course. Furthermore, students (excluding organisers or lecturers) pay an individual course fee of 50 Euro.

All participants in conferences pay a conference fee of 50 Euro. Organisers coming from IUC members pay General conference fee of 100 Euro. Organisers coming from non-members pay General conference fee of 500 Euro.

Participants’ travel and accommodation costs are not the responsibility of the IUC. However, the IUC Secretariat will help organisers or individuals to find the most convenient accommodation and assist in any other practical issues such as social programme, organisation of coffee breaks, meals or possible transfers.

The Daily Work at the IUC

The IUC building is open every work day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Other working rhythms, especially through weekends, are possible with previous arrangement with the IUC Secretariat.

The copying of course material is available at no extra cost.

The IUC encourages course directors to complete the course with a course evaluation. The theoretical and methodological innovations acquired in each course will often form the basis of new courses in a continuous and yet renewing tradition within each research field.

All students who have paid and participated actively are entitled to a Certificate of Attendance, comprising an assessment in European Credit Transfer Points regarding their general post-graduate and Ph.D. education, if course directors have secured them at home universities. Special Certificates are issued to participants who had presented a paper.

General Organization

From many countries, package tours to Dubrovnik are available, and this will often turn out to be the most economical solution. There is a University of Zagreb Dormitory at the top floor of the building, which offers discount prices to participants of IUC courses. Please book well in advance at For information on hotel rates please visit the IUC homepage.

Contact Addresses

Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik


Don Frana Bulića 4

20 000 Dubrovnik


Tel: 00 385 (0)20 413 626 / 413 627

Fax: 00 385 (0)20 413 628