Why study peace and conflict in the Balkans?
This program has been modified with a later in-country start date preceded by one to two weeks online. The online portion will include: program orientation; introductory activities to get to know your academic director and local program team; faculty-led sessions; guest lectures to provide the theoretical frameworks for the course and historical background to the sites and partner organizations; readings; preliminary assignments; and discussions about independent study projects and, if applicable, internship opportunities. We will also have online discussions to debrief sessions and prepare you to join faculty, local team, and peers in country.
The Balkans experienced a series of separate but related conflicts throughout the 1990s. Belgrade, the capital of Yugoslavia until its breakup in 1992, is your base as you study post-conflict transformation in three Balkan countries. One of the oldest cities in Europe, Belgrade sits at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers. It was strategically important throughout the ages, however, these days the capital of Serbia is better known for its nightlife, earning a reputation as the city that never sleeps.
You’ll also spend extensive time in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s capital, Sarajevo, known for its striking architecture and religious and cultural diversity, and Kosovo’s capital, Prishtina, a unique city with Ottoman influences and a strong international presence. You’ll meet with representatives from civil society organizations and academic institutions.
- Travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.
- Learn at three major Balkan universities and gain diverse perspectives.
- Choose to do independent field research or an internship.
- Meet with students and activists from universities and civil society organizations in Banja Luka, Sarajevo, Prishtina and Belgrade.