StudyAbroad in Kosovo: Summer Program in Peace and Conflict Studies

 

Overview

RIT Kosovo (A.U.K)’s Summer Program in Peace and Conflict Studies provides experience students will never forget. It opens with a regional study tour with highlights in Albania, Montenegro, Dubrovnik, Bosnia and Serbia. Courses are taught by senior civilian and military officials, NGO activists and academics with hands-on experience in the Balkans, Middle East and elsewhere. Graduate and undergraduate students come from the Balkans, Europe, the United States and further abroad.

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.

More information about the program can be found on this WEBSITE
The Program runs from 23 June until 26 July 2019.


Why Summer Program in Peace and Conflict Studies?

The program introduces participants to:

  • Practical, hands-on experience in political reporting, policy analysis and planning,
  • Managing peace-keeping operations at the tactical and strategic level,
  • Ethical dimensions of decision making in peace operation,
  • Negotiating outcomes, and applying international law in humanitarian interventions,
  • Role-playing opportunities based on real-world examples,
  • Internships and service learning with the Kosovo government, international missions and NGOs.


Why Kosovo?

Kosovo is known as the country of "young Europeans.” Its citizens are well-educated, multilingual, dynamic and have an abundance of entrepreneurial spirit. Kosovo’s history is both a fascinating and tragic mix of conflict, occupation and emergence as a new country in the complicated political landscape of southeastern Europe. For over a decade it has been the focus of international organizations as it emerges as a member of the community of nations and aspires to EU membership. Kosovo is Europe’s newest democracy. It is a country with a population of approximately two million people, of which 500,000 live in the capital city of Pristina. More than 50% of the population is under the age of 30 and, as a result, the city possesses a vibrant nightlife and youthful culture.


The Campus

RIT Kosovo is located just outside of downtown Pristina, near the beautiful Germia National Park. The university is walking distance from most housing, restaurants and other popular Pristina locations. Public transportation is also reliable and affordable.


Courses

Courses, which are taught in English and open to all majors, include:

  • Terrorism and Counter Violent Extremism (3 credit)
  • War, Diplomacy and State-Building (3 credit)
  • Peace Keeping and Conflict Transformation (3 credit)
  • Ethichs, International Law and Human Rights (3 credit)
  • Economics of Conflict, Reconstruction and Development (3 credit)
  • Introduction to the Albanian Language (non-credit)

Major topics include:

  • Refugees, Migrants and Humanitarian Crises
  • Humanitarian Intervention and State Building
  • Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism
  • Reporting and Documenting Change
  • The Balkans and southeast Europe
  • Ethics, International Law and Human Rights in conflict zones
  • Culture and technology in conflict zones
  • Economics of conflict, reconstruction and development

Participants choose two courses and earn six undergraduate semester credits.


Application

To apply for the summer program, students should complete the online application FORM together with:

  • A letter of recommendation from a current professor or academic adviser; or a letter of recommendation from employer (if working)
  • A scanned copy of your passport
  • Application deadline May 10, 2019


Costs

Program Package Price is  €3,995 (roughly $4,600).

The program package covers the following:

  • Six transferable credits (two courses) from the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
  • Eight-Day Regional Study Tours to Albania, Montenegro, Croatia (Dubrovnik), Bosnia and Serbia (including transportation, hotel, meals)
  • Two-day cultural excursion in Kosovo
  • Seminars and Workshop
  • Basic Course in Albanian Language (15 hours)
  • Accommodation throughout the entire five-week program. This includes accommodation in Pristina from the June 23 until July 26, 2019.
  • All meals throughout the program: breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday through Friday at the RIT-K canteen.
  • Bus ticket from the hotel – downtown – RIT-K campus (1 July – 30 July)
  • Phone card: each student will be provided with an IPKO phone card (€3 credit).

Estimated Additional Costs:

  • Round Trip Airfare to Kosovo
  • Books & Supplies: € 90 ($ 100)
  • Phone card refill: Students can refill their IPKO card at the local IPKO offices in Pristina. For those coming out of countries with locked phones, please unlock before arrival to Kosovo – or inexpensive phones can be found in Prishtina.
  • Transport to/from the airport: The ride from the airport to RIT-K campus is 20 minutes and costs € 15 ($17). More information will be provided closer to date.

Other Personal Expenses

Personal expenses during the program vary based on individual spending.  While most of the meals are covered in the package fee, weekend meals and personal transportation costs differ depending on student preferences.   Meals in Kosovo are very reasonably priced from a range of €2 – €5 ($3 – $6) a dish.  Public transportation €0.40 cent ($0.50) and taxis from €1.50 – €5 ($2 – $6) in the surroundings of Pristina.