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  • Locations: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Zagreb, Croatia
  • Program Terms: Summer Term 1
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Accommodation: Apartment GPA Requirement: None
Language of Instruction: English On-Site Staff: BC Faculty Leader, On-Site Coordinator
BC Program Type: BC Summer Program BC Department: International Studies, Philosophy
Summer Course Credit Fulfillment: International Studies major/minor elective, Philosophy major/minor elective, Theology major/minor elective Number of Credits: 3
Course Number: INTL2286, PHIL2286 Program Manager: Shannon Williams
Program Description:
Program Balkans
This program will examine the dynamics of conflict and the challenges involved in bringing about reconciliation among groups divided by distrust and enmity. We will study these themes in one of Europe’s oldest conflict zones—at the crossroads between the political and religious systems of the east and west (Islam and Christianity, Ottoman and European Monarchies, Communism and Capitalism)—where local conflicts reflect and engender conflicts among world powers. Studying course themes in Croatia and surrounding countries and meeting and conversing with war survivors, and political, religious, and intellectual figures, will allow these issues to become palpable and urgent to students. This in turn will allow students to examine tendencies to exclusion and violence in their own lives, and to develop hospitable practices and attitudes that lead to peace. 



Program Dates
Arrival: Thursday, June 14, 2018
Departure: Friday, July 13, 2018

Faculty Leader
Richard Kearney,  
Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy
The course will propose a hermeneutics of hospitality as a means to overcome prejudice based violence and bring about reconciliation among divided groups. In this course, we will:

students balkans seated
1. draw from recent thinkers who have reflected on the encounter between self and other and upon the risks and challenges involved in opening oneself to the stranger.

2. propose that the exchange of narratives—between religions, ethnicities, cultures, and persons—is essential to lasting reconciliation and will explore various ways this exchange can take placei.e., Irish-British, German-French, Greek-Turkish, etc.).

4. students will learn to notice the way similar conflict dynamics are present in their own social and political circumstances, and will become better equipped to engage in effective peacemaking activities back home. 

Learning will be interactive and experiential. Lectures from BC faculty—with expertise in philosophy, European history, fine arts, and peace and conflict studies—will be on-site in relevant locations and will involve student dialogue. Most site visits will include informal conversation with local war survivors, academics, artists, religious practitioners or peace activists. Students will present their final projects at the concluding conference in Zagreb and will have the opportunity to engage in serious discussion about their work with each other, BC faculty, and other local academics and experts. 
Draft Syllabus: Philosophy of Peace and Hospitality

Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services. 

Four separate costs are billed to Agora: 
  • Tuition (3-credit tuition was $2,508) 
  • GeoBlue international health insurance ($50)
  • Program fee ($2,300)
  • Enrollment fee ($45)

Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to Sarajevo and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals is included below.

Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities

Housing & Meals

Students will be housed in two and three bedroom apartments in Zagreb and Vis (with four to six students per apartment). In Sarajevo and Mostar, students will be housed in boutique family hotels. The program fee covers three meals a day for most days. Students should plan to cover any additional meals and meals on days off (about three days worth). 

Cultural Activities

zagreb lightningOur journey will take us through various locales in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina: from Sarajevo, (a beautiful ottoman city under violent siege for four years in the 90’s) through Mostar (a city divided along ethnic and religious lines) through city of Split (built around Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace) on the southern Croatian coast, to an island in the Adriatic Sea (Vis), and finally to Zagreb (the capital of Croatia). Throughout our sojourn, we will speak with war survivors, politicians, religious and peace practitioners, public intellectuals and artists, who will help us to understand the past and confront the challenges of the present. We will visit historic sites dating from Greco-Roman, to medieval to contemporary periods that bear traces of the Balkans as a historic crossroads between east and west. We will attend concerts, shows, participate in religious services and meet with Catholic, Orthodox, Moslem, and Jewish religious communities, swim in the pristine Adriatic sea, enjoy diverse local foods and learn about the intricacies of community life in this diverse area. The program will conclude with a student/faculty conference in Zagreb at the European Center for the Study of War and Peace

Program Itinerary (subject to change): Philosophy of Peace and Hospitality_tentative itinerary

Travel Information

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Sarajevo. It is strongly recommended that students arrive to Sarajevo the morning of June 14, as group transportation will be provided from the airport later the same day. 

Application Process
Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process please visit the Summer Applications & Admissions page.


Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.

The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues.

This program is currently not accepting applications.