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Scholarship funding available!
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: TBA (late June - late July, 2021)

Application deadline: April 1, 2021

Program Overview:
Explore the history, politics and economics of conflict situations in an environment that serves as a living example of the subject. You'll learn about 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 and economic development in post-conflict areas will be taught by renowned experts 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:
POLS 330 - Human Rights in a Global Perspective
POLS 445 - Terrorism & Political Violence
POLS 542/642- War, Diplomacy & Statebuilding
POLS 541/641- Peacekeeping & Conflict Transformation
ECON 448 - Development Economics
ANTH 345 - Genocide and Post-Justice Conflict

No pre-requisites. Program open to all majors. POLS 642 and POLS 641 are open to graduate students as well.

Program Cost: Student budget worksheet (summer 2020 program). Students should take a copy of this worksheet to their financial aid advisor PRIOR to the application deadline to determine how their aid may apply to the program cost.

Students applying for this program may opt in for scholarship consideration from the RIT Education Abroad Office. In the "Financial Aid & Scholarships" section of your application, make sure you click "Yes" to be considered for the scholarship funding. Scholarships awarded based on financial need.

  • RIT Education Abroad Travel Grants ($500-$1,000)

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

Please Note: Study abroad programs and all international travel by students for the 2020-2021 academic year are suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for spring and summer 2021 travel programs will remain open as we monitor the situation. For the most up to date information, please visit

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Course Discipline: 
International Relations, Political Science, Public Policy
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RIT Students
Outside Students

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