Human Rights and Peace Studies in the Balkans

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Located at the meeting point of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, the Balkans (Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia in particular) contain a rich and diverse mix of cultures, languages, philosophies and religions. Ever since the violent breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, this region remains a critical epicenter for peace building, inter-religious dialogue, and the promotion and protection of human rights. Students in this program will study the challenges and opportunities that come with peace-building in such a dynamic and beautiful region of the world. The ten-week program includes five weeks of coursework centred in Zagreb, followed by four weeks of guided fieldwork with significant group travel to the areas of Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro. There will also be an opportunity for independent travel in a one week break between these parts of the program. Students will have earn 14 quarter credits or 10 semester credits.


  • Engage in Peace Studies, an emerging field of law and inter-disciplinary study.
  • Learn about historical and contemporary human rights issues in the Balkans
  • Engage in coursework and guided fieldwork in this critically important field

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Yes, I recommend this program

Not like any other program!

My name is Moses and I was a participant in this study abroad program in 2018. I decided to do this program because of the outside the classroom experiences it offers. With this program I got to study and do research in handful of countries across the western Balkans. There was something new to discover in each of the destinations we visited. I fell in love with the food, the people, and all beautiful architecture. It’s important to note that this region has a tough past. Not too long ago this region was at war. As many people still remember the war, and openly talk about what happened, there are others who just want to move on. This program gave me a deeper understand of the war crimes and difficulties this region faced in the 1990s. This program is truly one of a kind!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Wake up everyday willing to try new things. Every so often take time to reflect on what you are experiencing. Also, keep a journal.