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The Miami University Kosovo Study Abroad Program

Based in Pristina, students will develop their abilities as online storytellers or work hand-in-hand with non-profit organizations, while learning about the daily lives and culture of people in the Balkans. They also will have the rare opportunity to witness and report history unfolding as Kosovars build a free and independent nation. During this 8-week program, students will participate in classes and their internships 4 days a week, with 3-day weekends to explore Southeastern Europe.

Earn 8 hours of undergraduate credit

All courses taught in English.

All undergraduates take:

JRN 421 The Journalist in a Democracy – Students will examine the reporting practices that aid, inform and engage citizens. We’ll look closely at the crucial role that journalists play in helping communities and societies make progress on problems. (3 credits)

ITS 365Peacebuilding in the Balkans – Students will examine the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and the efforts to build a lasting peace, including social justice and economic development. (3 credits)

Student internships are based on majors and interests. Students will enroll in one of these:

JRN/MAC 340 Internship: A place with a story to tell. – Students will be reporters at KosovaLive News Agency, the independent, online news service that provides written and video stories to the region. Student journalists will focus on in-depth stories that breathe life into the news and describe issues in human terms. (2 credits)

ITS 340 Internship: The crucial role of non-profit agencies in a new nation. – Students interested in advocacy or social programs will work at a non-governmental organization dealing with topics related to your studies, such as democratization, human rights, and public health (Partner NGOs selected by faculty) (2 credits)


Classrooms: Classes will be at KosovaLive, in Pristina, with some special sessions at other locations. Courses will be taught by Miami University faculty and will include guest speakers from the region.

Housing: Students will stay in a hotel in the center of Pristina – safe, secure, and convenient to classes, activities, and internships.

Flights: We will travel as a group, departing the USA on June 8, 2015 and returning August 4, 2015.

Tuition: The cost is the same as the regular cost for an 8-credit-hour summer semester at Miami University. Students should check their individual tuition costs (in-state versus out-of-state).

Fees: Approximately $4,600. Includes airfare, housing, 3 dinners weekly, group travel to historic cities, Kosovo cell phone and other program costs. Tuition and books are separate expenses.

Estimated total costs: Includes tuition and fees (above), books and most personal expensesfor the full 8 weeks. These estimates are subject to change. For Ohio residents: $9,600. For non-residents: $12,200.

Scholarships available: Most financial aid plans and scholarship funds apply to Miami study abroad programs. Please check with the university’s Global Initiatives office, Financial Assistance office, or with Kosovo Program director Ed Arnone. Some application deadlines are in early 2015.

Computers and Internet connection: Each student will need to bring a laptop computer and flashdrive. Students will be able to connect to the Web and through wireless internet in their classroom and housing, in the KosovaLive newsroom and NGO offices.

Cell phones: We will have a special, inexpensive group rate for cell phones and service in Kosovo. Many students will also want to take advantage of very inexpensive Internet calling to the United States via Skype on their laptops.

Student weekend travel: We do permit students to travel independently on their free weekends, so long as their travel plans meet the safety and time concerns of the Kosovo Program faculty.  Students must use professional drivers and legitimate transportation companies for their individual trips.

There are still spots available for students interested in taking part in Kosovo 2015! Contact Ed Arnone ( for more information.