This program offers insights into the complex web of politics, identity, and conflict at work in the Balkans. From the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990’s to the recent rise of Russian, Turkish, and Arab influence as counterweights to the EU and NATO, the Balkans have long been the site of polarizing forces originating both from within and without. This Dialogue builds off the themes of nationalism, conflict resolution, and nation building in the former Yugoslavia, with particular focus on Bosnia-Herzegovina, and  Serbia. Students will examine how the region’s disputed histories of conflict and the factors that gave rise to them shape the current social and political landscape by meeting with representatives from civil society,  NGO’s, international organizations, the religious community, and more.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: October 20, 2017
  • * Priority Deadline: December 3, 2017
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Faculty Interview: Faculty will schedule interviews with applicants of interest to determine acceptance. The interviews can occur anytime between the priority and final deadline.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

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

* Priority Deadline: All students that apply by the priority deadline will be considered for admission, as all dialogues remain open until the priority deadline. After the priority deadline, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the program fills. Programs are subject to close anytime between the priority deadline and the application deadline when a program receives the maximum number of students.

Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into the program and your the flight and accommodation details have been shared with you, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.50
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.


Guest lectures are built into the course curriculum. SAMPLE guest lectures/topics include:
• Balkan Wars and disputed histories: Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia
• The fall of Yugoslavia and the rise of independent “successor states”
• Overthrowing a Dictator: the fall of Milosevic (“OTPOR!” Resistance movement)
• War Crimes Prosecutions in Bosnia and in Serbia
• The International Community (OHR, NATO, EU) in Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo
• Islam, Christianity (Orthodox and Catholic), and Judaism in the Balkans
• Russian influence in Serbia
• Turkey’s role in Bosnia
• Arab investments in Serbia and Bosnia
• Prospects for Bosnia and/or Serbia’s accession to the EU

  • INTL 4944 - Dialogue of Civilizations: Regional Engagement : An interdisciplinary approach to understanding the history, culture, politics, and society of the former Yugoslavia as well as Greek politics and society. Students meet with Serbian, Bosnian, Greek and other community activists, academics, and political leaders; U.S. embassy staff, representatives of NGOs and international organizations (EU, UN, NATO). This course examines Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian, and Greek relations with the EU. This course counts as NU Core arts level 1.
  • POLS 4938 - International Politics Abroad : Building off of conflict resolution & peace-building and nation-building themes, the Balkans Dialogue will investigate conflict and post-conflict reconstruction in the former Yugoslavia (principally Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo. We look especially at U.S.-led efforts to end the bloody conflict in Bosnia in 1995 and at U.S.-NATO bombing of Belgrade and other parts of Serbia in 1999. We examine continuing efforts to bring war criminals to justice in The Hague and local War Crimes Courts, and how this continues to impact Serbia’s potential bid to join the EU. With Greece nearly ejected from the EU in summer 2015, this Dialogue looks at the Balkans in a broad context – from the collapse of one “union” (Yugoslavia) to the efforts to maintain a greater union, the EU.


Northeastern Tuition: $12,140
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $1,250
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, international roundtrip airfare from Boston, accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and group meals)

Additional Estimated Expenses: $801.00
  • Students should anticipate spending the following out of pocket expenses during the program:  $693 on meals and $162 on incidentals.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!


Sarajevo – the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, having survived the 1992-95 “siege”, Sarajevo is a tragic yet resilient city; a beautiful, “quirky and eclectic”, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian chic city. Surrounded by mountains, it is a great hiking city as well!

Belgrade – capital of Serbia, Belgrade also has seen its share of ruin and rebuilding. It is a resilient city, a “city that never sleeps” and “Europe’s best kept secret.”



  • Hotel: Sarajevo: Courtyard Marriott  
  • Hotel: Belgrade: Hotel Prag

Host University or Organization

While traveling throughout the Balkans, we rely on support from American University in Bosnia-Herzegovina, University of Belgrade, and the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) in Belgrade.

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