Examine peacebuilding, post-conflict transformation, and the impact of international intervention on state building, human rights, and transitional justice in the Balkans.
What is unique about this program?
- Discover Belgrade, Serbia’s cultural, political, and economic center.
- Choose between two tracks: independent field research or an internship.
- Compare post-war change in three countries.
- Examine the breakup of Yugoslavia, the violent wars of the 1990s, and current challenges and opportunities in post-conflict transformation.
- Contribute to Reporting Balkans, the program’s online magazine.
What is unique about Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo?
The program is based in Serbia’s capital, Belgrade. With vestiges of its previous socialist state, this former capital of Yugoslavia remains the largest metropolitan city in southeast Europe and is home to numerous activist groups and civil society organizations. A vibrant and dynamic city, Belgrade is very important to the study of transition and change in the Balkans in the last decades. While in Belgrade, you will live with a host family and attend classes at the Faculty of Media and Communications at Singidunum University. You will have the chance to explore the city’s cultural centers, museums, and markets while uncovering its socialist past and experiencing the vibrant pace of everyday life today.
To get a comparative look at three countries’ processes of post-conflict transformation, you’ll spend extensive time in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo as well as the program’s base in Serbia. You will experience Bosnia’s capital, Sarajevo—a city famous for its beautiful architecture and religious and cultural diversity—and Kosovo’s capital, Prishtina—a unique city with Ottoman influences and a current international presence.
You will engage with academics from institutions such as the University of Belgrade and Singidunum University’s Faculty of Media and Communications in Serbia, the University of Prishtina in Kosovo, and the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina. You’ll meet with representatives from leading NGOs in the Balkans such as the Youth Initiative for Human Rights, the Humanitarian Law Center, and the International Commission on Missing Persons and with local independent media outlets such as Balkan Insight, Kosovo 2.0, and others. The program also provides a comparative look at ongoing international conflicts. You can do your independent project or internship in any of the three countries.
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