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  • Locations: Belgrade, Serbia; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Split, Croatia; Vukovar, Croatia; Zadar, Croatia; Zagreb, Croatia
  • Program Terms: May Experience
  • Restrictions: Furman applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: May Experience
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Experience 2019 10/29/2018 11/14/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Areas of Study: All majors welcome, History, Sociology
Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Claire Whitlinger - Sociology, Jason Hansen - History Applicable Financial Aid: Study Away Scholarship
Prerequisites: No Type of Course Credit: Furman course credit
Credit Hours Per Term: 2 credits Housing: Hotel
Program Description:

Program-Specific Info Sessions:
Wednesday, October 11th at 4pm in Furman Hall 201
Thursday, November 2nd at 4:30pm in Johns Hall 101

War and Remembrance: The Yugoslav Wars


Group in Dubrovnik  Group at Plitvice Lakes



During the mid-1990s an incredibly bloody civil war broke out in the successor states to the former Yugoslavia.  Almost overnight, a peaceful and unified country disintegrated as neighbor turned on neighbor.  Despite the warning legacy of the Holocaust, genocide took place once again on the European continent.  Twenty five years later, this course returns to the Balkans to investigate how Croatians, Bosnians and Serbians have remembered this destructive conflict.  How does each society talk about the former enemies, and how do they memorialize their own dead?  What memories or parts of the story are left out, and which become emphasized?  By looking at how historical memory is produced in monuments, memorial and museums abroad, we will gain insight into how this process works, potentially shedding light on our own attempts to deal with the legacy of our own civil war.

Our trip begins in the mountainous capital of Croatia – Zagreb, where we will begin to learn about what the Croatians call “the Homeland War.”  From there we cross down into the Mediterranean coast stopping at the beautiful Plitvice national park along the way.  We make our way south, visiting the Roman Emperor’s city of Split, several seaside towns before finally reaching the medieval walled city of Dubrovnik – the Pearl of the Adriatic.  After that we turn north stopping in the picturesque city of Mostar, the cosmopolitan capital of Bosnia (Sarajevo) before finally visiting Srebrenica – a small village where genocide took place in 1995 under the very nose of U.N. Peacekeepers.  After Bosnia we travel to Belgrade, the youth capital of Europe, where we begin to learn the Serbian side of the story.  We will also visit medieval monasteries of Fruska Gora and visit the beautiful vojvodian town of Novi Sad.  We then make our way back to Zagreb, stopping in Vukovar, Banja Luka and Jasenovac (a WWII era concentration camp).

To learn more academic, environmental, physical and health expectations for this program view our War & Remembrance Program Inventory.


Course Title: War and Remembrance: the Yugoslav Wars
Course Number: MXP 217
Course Description: This course examines the social construction of war-related memory in Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia.  In particular, it focuses on the wars of the 1990s, addressing issues related to the destruction of cities, the rise of nationalism, the return of genocide and the failure of the international community to prevent violence. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.


May Experience programs are open to Furman University students of all majors, subject to any course prerequisites. Successful applicants will demonstrate a marked academic, vocational, or personal interest in the topic of the course. The faculty directors of this program will read all applications and admit the most qualified individuals. All things being equal, preference is given to upperclassmen who have not participated in a study away program previously.


The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education reviews all study away programs on an annual basis, and more frequently as needed, to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the health and safety of participants while traveling. In this day and age, nothing is risk-free. Students and faculty are instructed to remain vigilant and cautious at all times and will receive additional instructions during a pre-departure orientation session and on-site orientation programming. When students commit to a study away program, they are asked to self-disclose personal information - which may include allergies, medications, disabilities, mental health conditions, medical concerns, and past medical histories. This information is shared with the faculty directors and study away staff for use during medical emergencies, and in an effort to be aware of and plan for situations that may arise or accommodations that are needed while students are away from Furman's campus resources. It is extremely important for students to be transparent and forthcoming about their concerns, needs, and medical histories prior to the start of the program as well as during the program. Furman University contracts with Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA) to provide medical and emergency services to students while traveling abroad on Furman study away programs. Students participating in study away programs in the United States are required to show proof of medical insurance.


To confirm participation in a study away program, a non-refundable $500 deposit is due two weeks after acceptance. The final payment deadline is in early to mid-March and will be specified in the Financial Agreement associated with the program.

Study Away Need-Based Scholarships
Need-based study away scholarships are available. Priority is given to students who have not previously participated in a study away program. Students who apply by the May Experience scholarship deadline will receive a scholarship amount estimate ahead of the program deposit deadline. Townes, Duke, and Hollingsworth Scholars should alert the Rinker Center for Study Away to apply their one-time study away stipend to their study away program.

May Experience Study Away Program Fee Inclusions
        Roundtrip airfare from a designated city (for international destinations)
        Transportation for domestic study away programs varies by program
Tourist visas (if required)
Lodging for the duration of the program
Ground transportation for program-related activities/events
Entrance fees to programmed activities/events/venues
Tours included in the study away program
Group meals (students will know ahead of time how many group meals will be provided)
Emergency Medical Insurance (on international programs)

Program Fee Exclusions
Transportation to the designated departure city (for international programs)
Transportation for domestic study away programs varies by program
Meals not included in program fee (will vary by program)
Required books/materials/supplies/equipment/gear
Passport fees

Optional Program Expenses
Site-seeing during free time
International cell phone plan
Trip cancellation or interruption insurance 
Personal expenses and souvenirs

Please see May Experience Budget Sheet at the top of this page for estimated program costs.