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"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."

Mark Twain

Study Abroad experience changes people. It has been researched and documented that study abroad experience has a long-lasting positive influence on a student's personal, professional and academic life. It increases self-confidence and maturity, improves world-view and opens many more options for a career path. Study Abroad options at AUBiH are offered during year, semester or summer long-terms. Find yourself immersed in culture and education in ways that you have never been before.

Come to Bosnia and Herzegovina and see why so many have fallen in love with the heart-shaped land!


Bosnia and Herzegovina is the heart-shaped land that lays in the heart of southeast Europe. It is here that eastern and western civilizations met, sometimes clashed, but more often enriched and reinforced each other throughout its long and fascinating history. Bosnia and Herzegovina, with its beautiful geography, rich history and kind people, is one of the most amazing places in the world. There are many monuments, historic sites and proofs of human existence in this region since the earliest times. Many tourists come to Bosnia and Herzegovina to enjoy its rivers, mountains, lakes, remote villages and urban city centers. Cuisine in this part of the world is healthy and tasty, including many organic choices.


American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBiH) is an American-accredited institution that uses an American-style of education. The language of instruction is English. Students will be able to easily transfer academic credits earned at AUBiH to their home institutions. AUBiH can serve as a traveling hub to Eastern and Western Europe since the most beautiful European cities (Budapest, Vienna, Istanbul, Rome, etc.) are one hour of flying away from Sarajevo. AUBiH local students are eager to meet new colleagues from oversees, show them the city and countryside and make life-long friendships.


AUBiH is accredited in the United States of America by the Accrediting Council for Independent Schools and Colleges (ACICS). ACICS was founded in 1912. It is the largest national accrediting organization of degree granting institutions. ACICS accredits institutions offering bachelor or master's degrees in programs designed to educate students for professional, technical and occupational courses, and is one of two national accreditors recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). More information about ACICS can be found at www.acics.org.


Transfer of US and ECTS credit hours from universities in the United States, Europe or elsewhere is done from accredited institutions. To be considered for admission and to have credits for prior academic work evaluated for transfer purposes, a candidate must submit the following documents in addition to the regular application:

  1. Official transcript(s) sent directly from the colleges/universities where the courses were taken
  2. Detailed syllabi and course descriptions from the colleges/universities for each course

Evaluation of transcripts, syllabi and course descriptions is done by the Evaluation Committee of the AUBiH Academic Department.


Students who wish to spend one or two semesters at AUBiH before returning to their home universities are welcome to apply as visiting students. Admission decisions for visiting students are based on current academic records. To be considered for admission on a visiting basis, students must complete an application and ask their university registrar’s office to forward an official transcript to AUBiH. Applications from visiting students are usually considered for a study on a full-time basis.


  1. Fall Semester starts in October-send application no later than September 3rd.
  2. Spring Semester starts in February-send application no later than January 5th.
  3. Summer Abroad Programs start in June-send application no later than April 1st.


List of countries that do not require a Bosnia and Herzegovina Entry Visa:

Albania, Andorra, Antigua-Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Chile, Denmark, Dominica, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Grenada, Georgia, Guatemala, Holland, Honduras, Croatia, Ireland, Iceland, East Timor, Italy, Israel, Japan, Canada, Qatar, Cyprus, Kiribati, Colombia, Korea - Republic, Costa Rica, Kuwait, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Military Order of Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Moldova, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Norway, Germany, Oman, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia*, Salvador, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, United States of America, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Serbia, Saint Lucia, Holy See, St. Christopher and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, UK of Great Britain and North Ireland, Ukraine**, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela.


A cooperation agreement has been signed with the newly built University Hotel Emiran ( www.emiran.ba) where our international and Study Abroad students stay. Hotel Emiran is also a place where AUBiH students can meet students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as other international students. Accommodation at Emiran includes study rooms, prayer rooms and laundry room. Hotel Emiran is also equipped with a modestly priced restaurant/café that is open until 10 pm.


All travelers should visit either their personal physician or a travel health clinic 4-8 weeks before departure.
Medications: In general, pharmacies are widely available and most common medications can be easily purchased. Students should bring their own supply of regularly taken prescription drugs and preventative medicines.


AUBiH Insurance: There is a mandatory health insurance fee for all Study Abroad and International Students at AUBiH—this is a country-wide requirement for all Bosnian Universities. Study Abroad and International Students must pay the mandatory $100 fee before the semester commences. Before you leave, take notice! You can’t assume your insurance will go with you when you travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s very important to find out BEFORE you leave your country whether or not your medical insurance will cover you overseas. You need to ask your insurance company two questions:

  1. Does my policy apply when I’m out of the United States? (or whatever country you are from)
  2. Will it cover emergencies like a trip to a foreign hospital or a medical evacuation?