Visit three cities in the Southern Balkans: Skopje, Ohrid, and Thessaloniki
Perform ethnographic and urbanographic analysis at museums and historic areas of the cities
Cross political and historic borders in the southern Balkans.
Discover the treasures of the tomb of Phillip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great
Earn 3 credits
Meet academics, authors, and directors from the region
Program dates are May 25, 2020 - June 8, 2020
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.
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The capital of the Republic of Macedonia, situated on the banks of the Vardar river, is home to the vibrant core of an important Ottoman city which includes a fortress, impressive mosques and a 16th century Turkish bath. Around this Ottoman core stretches a city built from the 1960s as an experiment in internationalism and modernism which has recently undergone a nationalist, neoclassical face lift. The city serves as the center of government, entertainment, business, and culture for this republic that was once part of Yugoslavia.
Situated on the shores of the vast Lake Ohrid, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, this city serves as a summer retreat for many in Macedonia. With roots that stretch as far as the 4th century BC, Ohrid is famed for its many churches, the fortress of Tsar Samouil, and its summer festival that draws visitors from all over the country and beyond.
Greece’s co-capital city, the capital city of Greek Macedonia, and one of the first truly cosmopolitan cities, Thessaloniki is an important port city for the Balkans. The city has been part of the modern state of Greece since it was liberated from the Ottomans in 1912. Its history is showcased in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki which contains important Macedonian artifacts. Thessaloniki had a large Jewish population before the Nazi occupation during World War II. Mount Olympus, famed home of the gods of ancient Greece is clearly visible across the bay.
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 Withdrawal Policy.
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.
This program is open to all students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and who are in good standing with the university.
POS/SGS 394: Cities, Nationalism, and Borders in Macedonia (3 credits)
Students will be housed in graduate dorms in Skopje, a purpose built educational resort in Ohrid, and hotels and youth hostels in other cities. Chartered busses will take us between cities but walking will be the usual mode of transportation within each city.
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.
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 Macedonia, most public buildings are inaccessible and inconsistent inspection results in construction of new facilities that are not accessible. Public transportation for persons with disabilities is very limited. In Greece, individuals with mobility disabilities may find accessibility of buildings and transportation limited. Many roads and sidewalks are poorly maintained and present mobility challenges.
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. While in Macedonia there are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual activity, anti-LGBTQIA violence can occur. There is no discrimination protection for the LGBTQIA community, so students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities on this program should take extra caution.
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.
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 ourRacial and Ethnic Minority Students page.
The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is TBD.
Program Fee includes: tuition for 3 ASU credits, all housing; local transportation, course-related field trips, some group meals, and health insurance. Not included: trans-Atlantic airfare, most meals, passport, books and personal expenses.
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.
The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. 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.
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
View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.