06. 07. 2020

BSC Summer School on Critical Thinking 2020


Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, July 6 – 9, 2020

BSC Summer School on Critical Thinking entitled “Exploring the Balkans Geopolitics, Regional Cooperation and Integration” uses an interdisciplinary approach in understanding the politics, foreign relations, history, culture, and society of the Balkans. The Summer school aims to explore the democratization process, reconciliation, regional cooperation and integration as inevitable alternatives to nationalism, extremism, radicalism, divisiveness and hostility. Both participants and lecturers will have an opportunity to explore the issues and topics of common regional interest, whereby their active learning and teaching engagement will eventually lead to the creation of a common ground and an initial platform for the cooperation. Young participants, lecturers, researchers and civil society activists will gain knowledge and skills of how to encounter constructively present-day “balkanization” of the Balkans that is a serious threat to peace, order, stability, prosperity and security. The program aims to provide an initial platform for emerging ideas, practices and policy options in the Balkans. Students and practitioners will have the opportunity to learn and interact with experts and peers, and build lasting professional relationships. The innovative concept of this Summer school includes lectures, roundtable discussions, dynamic case studies, workshops, and combines practical exercises.

Temporary Program of the BSC Summer School on Critical Thinking 2020 (PDF)

Who can apply?
To apply, perspective applicants must be/have:

  • currently enrolled in BA/BS, master’s or PhD program, in any major at a university;
  • between 18 and 35 years old;
  • good writing and public speaking skills;
  • fluent in English language; and
  • eligible for appropriate visa and travel documentation.

Opportunities for participants
SSCT will provide keynote addresses by leading experts in the field, class discussions, roundtable discussions, workshops with practitioners, and networking with experts and peers.

A minimum attendance of 75% of lectures/tutorials is required.

The Summer school will take place in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Tuition fee
The BSC Summer school 2020 participation is 100 EUR. This is a non-residential package. Participation fees cover all tuition, and educational materials. Participants are responsible for their own accommodation, travel, and other personal expenses. However, we would be glad to offer our assistance. The participants can enjoy their breakfast and lunch in the University Canteen at affordable prices during the programme. The participation fee should by paid by June 15, 2020.


Application requirements:

  • A CV or résumé
  • Statement of purpose: Describe which are the motives for which you wish to attend the BSC Summer School on Critical Thinking 2020 (1,000 words or less).
  • An academic transcript: Unofficial, if current undergraduate or graduate student.

Prospective applicants should send their queries and applications to bsc@ius.edu.ba. The results of the selection process will be communicated via E-mail, within 5 working days following receipt of the application.

Monday 2nd March – Applications open
Friday 5th June – Deadline for applications
Sunday 5th July – Summer School participants arrive in Sarajevo
Monday 6th July – Summer School starts
Thursday 9th July – Summer School ends
Friday 10th July – Cultural Trip to Mostar (Optional)
Saturday 11 July – Full Day Study Trip to Srebrenica (Optional)

About the organizers
The Summer school is organized by the Balkan Studies Center of the International University of Sarajevo (BiH) in cooperation with Social Sciences University of Ankara (Turkey), Center for Balkan and Black Sea Studies of the Yildiz Technical University (Turkey), Faculty of Legal and Business Studies “Dr Lazar Vrkatić” (Serbia), Foreign Policy Initiative BH (BiH), and Association “Research and Development Academy” (BiH).

MORE INFO: https://bsc.ius.edu.ba/content/2020-ssct-exploring-balkans-geopolitics-regional-cooperation-and-integration

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