BALKANS: Conflict Resolution, Nationalism(s), & the Question of Europe *CLOSED*

Belgrade, Serbia

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  • Summer 2 Semester - July 1 - August 4, 2014 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2013

Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty co-leaders: Profs. Denis Sullivan and Will Lovely ( and

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (

Term: Summer II


  • POLS 4938: International Politics Abroad
  • INTL 4944: Dialogue of Civilizations: Regional Engagement


The Balkans Dialogue investigates conflict and post-conflict reconstruction.  We look at American efforts to end the bloody conflict in Bosnia (through the Dayton Accords) in 1995. Four years later, NATO and the US were also militarily involved in the Kosovo conflict, bombing Belgrade and other parts of Serbia.  The program uses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the history, culture, politics, and society of the former Yugoslavia.  NU students will meet with Serbian, Croatian, and Bosnian community activists, students, scholars, and political leaders; journalists; U.S. embassy staff; E.U., U.N., and NATO representatives; plus various NGOs and civil society groups.  E.U. accession is a major question for Serbia as well as Bosnia.  We will study:

  • Balkans history, politics, and society
  • Conflicts, wars, and resolutions: Dayton Accords and more
  • Islam, Christianity and Judaism in Bosnia
  • Serbia after Milosevic
  • Bosnian-U.S. relations; Serbian-U.S. relations
  • NATO and the EU – external players inside the Balkans
  • Grass-roots organizing, NGOs, and civil society


  • POLS 4938 International Politics Abroad
  • INTL 4944 Dialogue of Civilizations: Regional Engagement

Host University

  • American University of Bosnia-Herzegovina (Sarajevo)
  • CANVAS (Belgrade)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.5
  • All applicants will be interviewed by Prof. Denis Sullivan and Dr. Will Lovely.

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Tuition: $10,195

DOC Fee: $2,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International SOS assistance, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.


Students will stay in small hotels with wireless internet; all breakfasts and some other meals will be provided.


  • Sarajevo, Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
  • Belgrade (Serbia)
  • Kosovo (security permitting)