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Experience the building of a newborn society after conflict and learn the stories of its people. As part of this 5 week program, students will take two RIT courses (for a total of 6 credits) and participate in a week-long pre-study trip to Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovnia and Serbia.

Program Dates: Late June-Late July (program dates will be announced soon)

Application deadline: March 15, 2019

Watch a short information video on the 2018 program here

Program Overview:
The RIT Kosovo Summer Program in Peace Building, Post-Conflict Resolution and Development teaches students the history, politics and economics of conflict situations in an environment that serves as a living example of the subject. The program will focus on the background of the Kosovo conflict of the late 20th century, the dynamic nature of security in the period following the fighting, and continuing challenges to conflict transformation and development. Courses in areas such as war and peace in the Balkans, the role of the international community in conflict resolution, economic development in post-conflict areas, and journalism in times of crisis will be taught by former diplomats, journalists, and academic specialists who have hands-on experience in the crises of the Balkans and elsewhere. Classes include students from around the world sharing one thing in common: an interest in learning about the timeless issues of war and peace in a newly born country that has not fully recovered from violent conflict. The classroom experience will be further enhanced by day trips across the region, highlighting the rich cultural diversity of the Balkans.

Students choose two courses (tentative)
POLS 330 - Human Rights in a Global Perspective
POLS 445 - Terrorism & Political Violence
POLS 542- War, Diplomacy & Statebuilding
POLS 541- Peacekeeping & Conflict Transformation
ECON 448 - Development Economics

No pre-requisites. Program open to all majors.

Program Cost: Students pay significantly discounted tuition for this program. A complete student budget worksheet for the summer 2018 program can be found here (please note that this outlines LAST YEAR's costs). An updated budget worksheet will be available soon. Students should take a copy of this worksheet to their financial aid advisor to determine how their aid may apply to the program cost.

To apply:
1) Login to the Compass and start an application for the appropriate term.
2) Make an appointment with a study abroad advisor by calling 585-475-4481 or emailing

Language of Instruction: 
Course Discipline: 
International Relations, Political Science, Public Policy
Open To: 

RIT Students
Outside Students

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