Date: 2015-01-23
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Subject: The Balkans Peace Program (BPP) Summer 2015: International Development, Politics, and Post-Conflict Societies - Kosovo and the Balkans

The Balkans Peace Program (BPP) Summer 2015: International Development, Politics, and Post-Conflict Societies - Kosovo and the Balkans is an educational program that provides students enrolled in a university outside of Kosovo and the region with the opportunity to spend three weeks in Kosovo studying and learning about development in practice in a post-conflict area right in the middle of Europe. Participants of the program will also visit three other Balkans countries, Albania (listed no. 4 in the New York Times' list of places to go in 2014), Macedonia, and Montenegro. This is the fourth annual Balkans Peace Program.


The program consists of three key components:


1. one academic course (of 7 ECTS credits or its equivalent in Canadian/American credits, i.e. 3 credits) on International Development, Politics, and Post-Conflict Societies: Kosovo and the Balkans and meetings with government officials in Kosovo;


2. a tour of historic and tourist sites of Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, and Macedonia;


3. cultural immersion  - students will be paired with local host brothers and sisters and get to spend time with their families so as to learn about the Albanian culture, traditions, and hospitality in Kosovo;


4. publication opportunity - provided you submit your BPP paper (essay) in time and as per given guidelines, you may be included in the BPP 2015 edited book scheduled to be published in the fall of 2015. 


BPP Summer 2015 takes place from 3 to 24 May 2015. Participants will be accommodated in Gjilan, the fourth largest city in Kosovo, with a population of about 95,000, located on the southeast corner of Kosovo, some 45 km southeast of Prishtina, the capital.


Application Deadline: 2 March 2015. Scholarships Available. 


For more information on the program, to apply, and to see testimonials from previous participants, please visit the program's website: http://www.bislimi.org/balkansprogram.htm 


Direct questions to: bpp@bislimi.org or Mr. Rinor Shkodra, BPP Coordinator, rinor@bislimi.org 


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