The American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina invites all undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in peace building, human rights, diplomacy, international affairs, genocide, war crimes, and transitional justice as well as the history, culture, language and relevant issues in the preset day Balkan region to apply for this 8 week Peace and Conflict Studies Summer program.
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is among the worlds most applicable places to study peace building and offers students first hand experience in a society that is still transitioning and reconciling.
Participants will be granted incredible access to local and international politicians, negotiators, NGOs, and the diplomatic communityand even have the opportunity to join with one of BiH’s local NGOs as a volunteer/intern.
Students can receive 12-13 US Credits/ 24-26 ECTS.
The program is based in Sarajevo with extensive travel around the region.
Final Deadline: April 7
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“My short stay in Bosnia is one of my most memorable experiences as a student at Northeastern University. The time our group spent in Bosnia Herzegovina was, simply put, amazing. I have never been so immediately or so strongly endeared to a location as I was to this country. Sarajevo’s beauty and atmosphere would have been more than enough to justify spending our time there, let alone the amazing variety of people and places we went to see during our stay. There are countless memories I take with me from our time in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Many come from the structured activities: meeting President Izetbegovich, Jakob Finci’s dry humor, the debate at Parliament, the beauty and tragedy of the Srebrenica procession — these are but a few. Many cherished moments also come from the time given to us to explore and learn on our own. Walking through Baščaršija for hours and hours, sitting at cafes, talking to locals. Eating cevapi for the first time. The breathtaking views of Stari Most in Mostar, and the beautiful lodgings we enjoyed there. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the wonderful friends we made during our stay. The students and faculty from AUBiH were nothing but friendly to us, and went far, far out of their way to make us feel welcome and at home in Sarajevo. I cannot wait to return to Bosnia — hopefully as soon as this coming January — and to continue learning, exploring, and enjoying myself in the Balkans [Mujitaba was indeed able to return to Sarajevo for 6 months to take Bosnian/ Croatian/ Serbian language at AUBiH as well as intern at the Organized Crime And Corruption Reporting Project].” -Mujtaba AliInternational Affairs Major, Northeastern University
“As I was preparing my graduate thesis research on the failures of the Dayton Peace Agreement at NYU, I realized my final project would be worthless without the inclusion of local Bosnian perspectives. I had read a variety of academic journals and books on Bosnia, but none satisfied my vision for the end product of my thesis.
The meetings arraigned by AUBiH included people from the Foreign Ministry, U.S. Diplomats, Professors, OSCE directors, OHR representatives, Presidency advisors and many more. The answers I was able to get through the interviews scheduled by AUBiH are priceless. I could not have understood the actual dynamics of Dayton Bosnia without the help AUBiH.
I returned to New York with an overwhelming amount of information. My thesis adviser could not believe the amount of insight information I had gathered. Through the help of AUBIH, I have achieved my goal of including current Bosnian perspectives to strengthen my arguments. Without the collaboration of the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina my thesis project would have been weak and incomplete. I will always be thankful to AUBiH for making such a research possible, and giving such strength to my thesis project.”- Yasemin Saka M.S Candidate, 2013 NYU Center for Global Affairs