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APR
2017

Croatian Language Course for Students of University of Toronto at University of Split, Croatia

April 27, 2017

 

 

Dear colleagues and friends,

 

 

Re:      Croatian Language Course for Students of University of Toronto at University of Split, Croatia

 

 

It is a real pleasure to share an announcement of great importance for AMCA Toronto, the Croatian community of Southern Ontario, the University of Split and the University of Toronto, as well as for the Republic of Croatia.  After lengthy endeavours and negotiations and in cooperation with the University of Split and the Department for Slavic Languages and Literatures of the University of Toronto, AMCA Toronto has managed to secure a summer course of Croatian language for the students of U of T at the University of Split.  For the first time in seven years the students of U of T will thus have an opportunity to take Croatian language as an independent course and take the exam which will, upon the approval by U of T, earn them a 0.5 credit towards their degree. This success is a product of the work of many of us, as well as Prof. Donna Orwin and Prof. Dragana Obradović from U of T, the Vice Rector of the University of Split, Alen Soldo and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, Marita Brčić Kuljiš, with the support of the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia, Marica Matković, and Consul General Andrea Javor, to whom we extend our heartfelt gratitude.

 

The first students of U of T will leave for Split in the second half of June and the course will last for four weeks.  Attached please find the Call for Applications for the Summer School of Croatian Language and Culture 2017, University of Split published by U of T.  During the selection of the attendees U of T will give preference to the students of U of T who have completed or are in the process of completing at least one of FCE (full course equivalent) of the South Slavic Program, which includes three Croatian courses, the History of Croatian Culture, Selected Examples from Croatian Literature and Mediterranean Towns, which have also been initiated as the result of the endeavours of AMCA Toronto. One of the requirements is the basic knowledge of the Croatian language, which needs to be demonstrated during an online exam through the University of Split.

 

We wish to emphasize that AMCA Toronto has undertaken the obligation of covering the expense of the return flight ticket Toronto-Zagreb-Toronto and the accommodation in the Student Residence in Split, which has been offered to us at a discount by the University of Split.  Therefore, we are inviting all our members and the Croatian associations of Southern Ontario to support this important project according to their financial abilities.

 

The students are expected to cover the cost of the ground transportation Zagreb-Split-Zagreb in the amount of ca $60, their daily expenses (they will be allowed to purchase their meals at the student restaurant at a discounted price) and the course. The Faculty of Philosophy in Split has offered a discounted fee to U of T students for the course in the amount of HRK 1,200 or ca $250. Just for the sake of a comparison, similar courses at U of T cost over $600.

 

It is our wish that both, the children of the members of the Croatian community and students of other heritages are given the opportunity to travel to Split, which would greatly promote Croatian language, Croatian culture and, at in time, the Croatian economy.

 

This is a unique opportunity for the students to raise the level of their knowledge of Croatian language and Croatian culture and to get to know one of the most beautiful Mediterranean cities, all at a minimum cost to them.  They will also have a great time – the internationally famous Ultra Europe festival will be taking place in Split during their stay.

 

The deadline for submitting applications is very short this year – until May 1, 2017 and we are inviting the students to immediately send their applications following the instructions in the attachment.  We also invite the students to forward their applications to AMCA Toronto at scholarship@amcatoronto.com after submitting them to U of T.

 

With the wish for success of this project, we are sending you our best regards.

 

Sincerely,

 

Krešimir Mustapić, P.Eng.

President, AMCA Toronto

 

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