- SOCIAL & CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
In addition to faculty-led study trips, the cultural program activities are organized on and off campus, as well as excursions around Bosnia and Herzegovina. While not associated with AUBiH courses, these activities provide unique opportunities to learn and have fun with fellow students. In order to sign up for social cultural activities, students must pay the full trip/activity price.
The following activities will be coordinated with and through AUBiH staff. If you are interested, please contact Student Services for more detailed information.
Mount Jahorina and Mount Bjelašnica, used for the 1984 Winter Olympics, have world-class slopes and ski resorts. Visitors can enjoy picturesque rides down the mountain or relax and rejuvenate in cozy warm lodges and famous spas.
Bosnia's mountainous landscape naturally lends itself to incredible plateaus, waterfalls, and caves that are great for hiking and exploring. Any level of experience can be accommodated whether it is a short hour-long walk through the hills and waterfalls around Sarajevo and Mostar or day-long and overnight treks and caving expeditions. If hiking without a guide, do not wander away from any obvious trails. All hiking treks organized by AUBiH will include a guide.
BiH is a water-rich country where one can find clear blue and bright green rivers meandering through dramatic canyons and countrysides. Just within driving distance from Sarajevo, Mostar, and Banja Luka are some of the most beautiful and attractive rivers in Europe: the Vrbas, Tara, Neretva, and Una rivers are all great for adventure seekers and nature lovers. Professionally-guided tours are available for day and weekend excursions.
Mostar ,"Keeper of the bridge", is situated in Herzegovina between beautiful mountains and the Neretva River. The Neretva's size and geographical location early on contributed to Mostar becoming a popular trading post. The city's iconic stone bridge was built during the time of the Ottoman Empire in 1565. The famous architect Mimar Hajrudin set out on what some said was an impossible mission, joining the city over the Neretva River with a single span stone bridge.
THE BUNA SPRING
The Buna Spring, with the adjacent Ottoman house located in Blagaj near Mostar, is one of the most visited tourist attractions in BiH. The spring emerges from the base of a mountain and produces about 20 cubic meters of water per second.
Međugorje is a town located on a mountain high above Mostar. It is a popular site for religious pilgrimages because of apparitions of the Virgin Mary.
The small town of Jajce is built on the connecting point of two major rivers: the Pliva and the Vrbas. The well-known symbol of Jajce is its picturesque waterfall measuring 17 meters. In Jajce one can witness the remains of the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires, as well as the Bosnian, Hungarian and Yugoslavian kingdoms, and Christian, Jewish and Islamic sites. The combination of the city's historical and geographic importance enables it to be one of Europe's most interesting and beautiful towns.
Bosnia and Herzegovina's tiny strip of Adriatic Sea is a wonderful beach paradise for old and young alike. The country's little claim to the sea is called Neum, a newly built resort town just an hour's drive from the famous cities of Dubrovnik and Mostar. Neum offers sandy beaches and an abundance of water sports in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic.
The city of Banja Luka is the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the main city in the Republika Srpska, one of BiH's two entities. Banja Luka is situated on the Vrbas River and is well-known for its broad avenues and numerous parks which are great for walking and biking. One of the most famous icons of the city is the old Fortress, now used as a park and location for many popular concerts and festivals. Banja Luka makes good use of its location by the river with many great cafes and restaurants located on its bank. Exciting water activities and rafting excursions are available nearby.
PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK
Located just over the Bosnian border with Croatia is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Plitvice Lakes and waterfalls. The park is famous for its sixteen lakes which cascade into one another in descending order. Visitors can meander on small wooden bridges that lead all around the lakes and waterfalls for a truly magical experience.
Visočica hill, located not far from Sarajevo, has recently attracted a great deal of scientific and archaeological interest with many claiming that the curiously shaped mountain is actually an ancient Illyricum pyramid. Whether they were constructed in ancient times or are simply phenomenal natural formations, there is no doubt that Visočica hill and other nearby mountains are beautiful and intriguing aspects of the landscape.