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  • Locations: Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, General Public, Graduate, Non-Degree Seeking, PhD Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Conflict Analysis and Resolution Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0 Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnia & Herzegovina, Summer 2020

CDRC2
In the 1990s, Bosnia was the focal point of the most tragic war that Europe and the Balkans had seen since World War II. It was also the scene of major war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and acts of genocide that transfixed Europe and the world. At the same time, nothing is what it seems in racial and ethnic wars. Bosnia was also the scene of heroic gestures across enemy lines between peacebuilding Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Countless lives were saved by individual heroes, and communities of care were established. This is a story of conflict management, peacebuilding, and reconciliation between extraordinarily heroic people. This combines with a tale of horror, and a stubborn persistence of managed ceasefire that has not led to positive change and reconciliation. In this course, students will study the tragedy of inter-ethnic and inter-religious war, the heroic efforts to do just the opposite, and the implications for global war and global peace. We will meet major figures of interreligious peacebuilding, leading organizations, and average people creatively engaged in positive change. 
 
Course Topics
  • Post-conflict reconstruction
  • Conflict management in the midst of war
  • Post-war reconciliation work
  • Interfaith peacebuilding during and after war
  • Justice and peace
  • Trauma and healing
  • Education for sustainable peace
During our stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina, we will engage in conversations with organizations, institutions, and individuals, such as the following:
  • Father Ivo Markovic, recipient of the Tanenbaum Peacemakers in Action award and founder of the interfaith Pontanima Choir
  • Tunel Spasa (Tunnel of Hope)
  • Most Mira Project
  • Jakob Finci, President of the Jewish Community of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • Institute for Islamic Bosnian Tradition
  • Key scholars and practitioners working on interfaith peacebuilding in the Balkans

Eligibility 

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including those who do not attend George Mason University.
 

Credits

Undergraduate:
  • CONF 385: International Field Experience
  • CONF 397: Study Abroad Special Topics
Graduate:
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF) 695:Selected Topics
Professional Development Seminar:
  • Non-credit option (certificate of completion)

Program Dates*

May 22 - 31, 2020

 

Itinerary 

May 22 - 31, 2020
 
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2020: $3,890


Included:
  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Hotel for all 8 nights of the course (shared rooms)
  • Some meals
  • In-country ground transportation
  • Cultural excursions
  • Entrance fees
  • Course trainers’ and speakers' costs
Not included:
  • Round-trip airfare/airport transportation
  • Additional meals
  • Personal spending

Program Payments


Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Non-Mason Students: Non-Mason students must be admitted to the University and assigned a student number prior to making payments. Please submit the "Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form" during the application phase in order to begin this process.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.
 

Application instructions:

CRDC Program Administrator

  Michelle Everson
Name Michelle Everson Gentry
Email meverson@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-4473


Academic Director

  Marc Gopin
Name Dr. Marc Gopin
Email mgopin@gmu.edu

 



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/08/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/22/2020 05/31/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.