The American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBiH) is consecutively hosting international students for the summer period of two months within its Peace and Conflict Summer Program in Bosnia and Herzegovina.This year’s group of international students came from the United States of America, Canada and Mexico.
The AUBiH Peace and Conflict Studies Program focuses on topics such as Balkan history, Balkan security, Genocide, War crimes and transitional justice and State building. Students have an opportunity to learn about the recent and current situation in the Balkans including the transition to democracy in Bosnia. Participants met regularly with a broad range of Bosnian, European, and American politicians, NGO representatives, diplomats, and local students.
This program offers in-depth insights into the many different ethnic, religious, and political backgrounds – all of which make up BiH’s complicated tapestry. Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the few places in the world that offers such a deep perspective of conflict resolution and commendable resilience.
During these two months the students visited Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Embassy of the United States, Parliamentary assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina – OHR, Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina, The World Bank in Bosnia, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Mission to Bosnia – OSC, Institute of Certified Professional Managers – ICPM, also Non-Governmental Organizations Why not, Nansen Dialogue and Civil Society Promotion Center – CPCD.
Besides program lectures, visiting students also had an opportunity to learn about the natural and cultural beauties of BiH through excursions and study visits. In addition, they had a chance to participate in various conferences held in BiH this summer.
Like every year guest students were welcomed by resident students (AUBiH ambassadors) that act on behalf of AUBiH in showing many places of BiH cultural and social importance. They have visited cities of Prijedor, Banja Luka, Srebrenica where they participated in an Annual Peace March – Remembering Srebrenica, as well as Mostar and Neretva river where rafting was organized. Beside Bosnia and Herzegovina, AUBiH guest students took this unique opportunity to visit European cities such as Vienna, Brussels, Istanbul, Dubrovnik, Zagreb and many other.