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  • Locations: Belgrade, Serbia; Multiple Sites, Multi-Country; Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Sofia, Bulgaria; Zagreb, Croatia
  • Program Terms: Spring Semester
  • Cost Sheets: Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description


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 four countries: Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, and Bulgaria! Take day trips and excursions to Ljubljana and Bled in Slovenia, to Mostar and Srebrenica in Bosnia, to Novi Sad in Serbia, and to Rila in Bulgaria, and enjoy cultural visits to local museums and universities while you earn 6 credits!

Quick Facts

  • March 24 - April 28, 2020

  • Explore four countries: Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, and Bulgaria!

  • Day trips and excursions to Ljubljana and Bled in Slovenia, Mostar and Srebrenica in Bosnia, Novi Sad in Serbia, and Rila in Bulgaria!

  • 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

Stanica Kalemgdan
Belgrade, Serbia

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Sofia, Bulgaria

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)

Bulgaria's pleasingly laid-back capital is often overlooked by visitors heading to the coast or the ski resorts, but they're missing something special. Sofia is no grand metropolis, but it's a modern, youthful city, with a scattering of onion-domed churches, Ottoman mosques and stubborn Red Army monuments that lend an eclectic, exotic feel. Excavation work carried out during construction of the metro unveiled a treasure trove of Roman ruins from nearly 2000 years ago, when the city was called 'Serdica'. Away from the buildings and boulevards, vast parks and manicured gardens offer a welcome respite, and the ski slopes and hiking trails of mighty Mt Vitosha are just a short bus ride from the centre. Home to many of Bulgaria's finest museums, galleries, restaurants and clubs, Sofia may persuade you to stick around and explore further. (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 undergrads; 3.0 for graduate students
  • 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)*

*Please note that the courses for which you register count towards your Spring semester load.  If registering for these courses will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.   

Mostar - Don't Forget
Mostar, Bosnia


Faculty Director

Andi Hess
Instructor and Director

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

Kevin Ellsworth, Ph.D.
Faculty Head and Principal Lecturer

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Office: USE 236
Phone: 480-727-7090

Group in BosniaMostar, Bosnia


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.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, students with mobility disabilities will find that public transportation and most public as well as private buildings lack accessible facilities. In Croatia, the geography is hilly and often steep, particularly along the coast, and presents challenges to people with mobility disabilities. Access to public transportation may not always be available. In Serbia, travelers may encounter difficulties in accessing older buildings, outdoor tourist sites, hotels, and public transport. Sidewalks and paths to buildings and tourist sites are often uneven. Hotels frequently do not have elevators

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, LGBTQIA students may encounter discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as public attitudes are generally very conservative. In Serbia, discrimination towards LGBTQIA individuals can and does occur and students may find local police to lack meaningful response to incidents.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Spring 2020 is $6,870.

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: Tuition for the six credits in which you will be enrolled for this program, 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.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.