The American College of Management and Technology was established in Dubrovnik, Croatia in 1995 as a two-year program in hotel and travel leading to the AAS degree. The Croatian government wanted to develop their long coastline and historical cities to attract Western tourists, and sought an American University to educate the Croatians. A BS program was first offered in 1997. The cultural and physical challenges of teaching students in their home country are described, with emphasis on the challenges of teaching students for whom a culture of ‘helping” each other is the normal pattern. The challenge is to create and encourage situations where helping is a positive (as on projects) and not a negative (as on exams). Classes are large (four sections of 40 – 50 students each), classrooms are small, and facilities are limited or shared with another school. In addition, since many RIT faculty teach their classes partially or completely on line, methods of encouraging communication and learning are described.
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Whitlock, Carol; Bissell, Stanley; Cerio-Iocco, Barbra; and Crumb, David, "Teaching international students in their home country: challenges and approaches" (2004). Accessed from
American College of Management and Technology in Croatia