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ASU: Identity and Conflict in the Balkans (Spring Session B)
Athens, Greece; Belgrade, Serbia; Multiple Sites, Multi-Country; Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Skopje, Macedonia; Split, Croatia; Thessaloniki, Greece; Zagreb, Croatia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Semester
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Cost Sheets Spring Semester
Areas of Study:
Global Studies, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Organizational Leadership, Other, Political Studies
Program Type:
Faculty Directed
Language of Instruction:
Internships Available:
Graduate Courses Available:
GPA Requirement:
International Coordinator:
Mandy Nydegger
College Sponsor:
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Available to Non-ASU Students:
  Program Details


Group in Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia

Come learn about Identity and Conflict while taking a tour of some of the most beautiful countries in Europe! Consider the challenges and benefits of European integration through the lenses of the people who have lived the conflicts of the 20th century as we explore seven cities in five countries: Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, FYR of Macedonia, and Greece! Take day trips and excursions to Dubrovnik in Croatia, Mostar and Srebrenica in Bosnia, and Novi Sad in Serbia, and enjoy cultural visits to local museums and universities while you earn 6 credits! Space is limited. Apply early!

Quick Facts

  • March 13 - April 19, 2019

  • Explore six cities in five countries: Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, FYR of Macedonia, and Greece!

  • Day trips and excursions to Mostar and Srebrenica in Bosnia, and Novi Sad in Serbia, and possibly others!

  • Cultural visits to local museums and universities

  • Earn 6 credits

  • Space is limited.  Apply early!


    Application Requirements

    To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.

  • Electronically sign our standard signature documents:

  • Submit emergency contact details
  • Interview with Faculty Director


Zagreb Group Photo
Zagreb, Croatia

Mostar - OverlookMostar, Bosnia

Skopje - Old City
Skopje, Macedonia; photo attribution: Andrzej Wójtowicz

athens greece
Athens, Greece

Location Details

Step into Zagreb and you’ll feel it, a young city struggling for identity.  Partially European, partially Mediterranean, it’s a vibe all its own.  Historically Zagreb began as Kaptop and Gradec—two settlements locked in bitter rivalry that united somewhat unwillingly against a Turkish invasion.  In 1991, when Croatia declared independence, the city burst into prominence as the country’s capital and cultural flagship.     

"Belgrade" literally translates as "White City", but Serbia's colourful capital is red hot.  Outspoken, adventurous, proud and audacious: Belgrade is by no means a "pretty" capital, but its gritty exuberance makes it one of the most happening cities in Europe. While it hurtles towards a brighter future, its chaotic past unfolds before your eyes: socialist blocks are squeezed between art nouveau masterpieces, and remnants of the Habsburg legacy contrast with Ottoman relics.  (Lonely Planet)

This city epitomizes a partial centuries-old struggle against outside influences combined with the absorption of these influences into one of the most diverse cultures in Europe. Indeed, few places on earth feature an Orthodox and a Catholic church, a mosque and a synagogue within easy walking distance of each other. If there were any city in Europe that effortlessly straddles east and west, it is Sarajevo. (Pure Bosnia)

Part Balkan, part Mediterranean and rich in Greek, Roman and Ottoman history, Macedonia has a fascinating past and complex national psyche. Skopje may be the Balkans' most bonkers and unfailingly entertaining capital city, thanks to a government-led building spree of monuments, museums and fountains. What has emerged is an intriguing jigsaw where ancient history and buzzing modernity collide.
(Lonely Planet)

Thessaloniki is easy to fall in love with – it has beauty, chaos, history and culture, a remarkable cuisine and wonderful, vast sea views. This is Greece’s second city, which, like the rest of the country, has suffered the hit of the economic crisis, but the streets remain full of life and vibrancy.
(Lonely Planet)

With equal measures of grunge and grace, Athens is a heady mix of history and edginess. Cultural and social life plays out amid, around and in ancient landmarks. The magnificent Acropolis, visible from almost every part of the city, reminds Greeks daily of their heritage and the city's many transformations.

(Lonely Planet)

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • For BIS 401, completion of BIS 302 with C or better
  • For BIS 402, completion of BIS 302 with C or better
  • For BIS 302, completion of BIS 301 with C or better
  • For OGL 482, completion of OGL 481 with C or better


Undergraduates will enroll in 6 credit hours during the Spring registration period. Graduate students will enroll in 3 credit hours during the Spring registration period:
  • BIS 402 / BIS 499 / OGL 499/ GTD 598: Identity and Conflict in Europe (3)

  • BIS 401 / BIS 499 / OGL 499: Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3)

  • OGL 350: Diversity in Organizations (3)

  • BIS 360: Balkan Organizations (3)

  • OGL 482: Pro-Seminar II (3)

Mostar - Don't Forget
Mostar, Bosnia


Faculty Director

Professor Andi Hess
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Phone: 480-727-3265

Professor Michael Feyrer
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Professor Andi Hess

Professor Michael Feyrer


Split Town

Program Housing

Housing will be double occupancy hotel rooms. Breakfast will be included, as well as one group meal per city. We will be visiting many sites throughout each city and will use a variety of transportation options, including walking and public transportation. Travel between cities will be by private coach.


Accessibility Information


Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Mostar Bridge


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Spring 2019 is $7495.

Program Fee includes: Housing, daily breakfast, one group dinner per city, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Round-trip airfare to and from Europe, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 09/25/2017
Rolling Admission 03/20/2018 04/23/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.