Language and Music in Sarajevo

Heading into my final week of language classes in Sarajevo, I must admit I’m finding it difficult to home in on a focus for this blog post. I have experienced so many wonderful events, met so many inspiring people, listened to and watched so many invigorating musical performances, and traveled to so many new places. …

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Attending a Champions League Match in Serbia

On July 16 Crvena zvezda (known in English as Red Star), one of Belgrade’s two famous football clubs, played the second leg of two matches against the Lithuanian Club FK Suduva in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. The first leg in Lithuania had ended in a 0-0 draw, and they met …

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Grammar or Speed?

I’ve recently been thinking about how an aspect of my personality—namely, my perfectionism—makes me a great Bosno-Croate-Serbian (BCS) speaker, but also really holds me back. Before studying Serbian, I lived in Bulgaria for a year and gained a great deal of skills in Bulgarian. “Who said Slavic languages are hard?” I thought. Then, 3 years …

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Religion and History in Novi Sad, Serbia

When you walk into the Church of the Name of Mary, you are struck by a certain lack. There's something missing here, something's different, you might think. Then you realize - there's no iconostasis! And why are there pews?! This beautiful, iconic cathedral that stands in the center of Novi Sad is in fact a …

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The Importance of Letting Go – Keeping in Touch with Friends and Family back home while Abroad

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” - Christopher Columbus Your decision to study an academic-year abroad will undoubtedly leave an impact on your loved ones back home. While communication and reassurance is important, I’m here to remind you how critical it is for you …

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Could We Be Doing More to Minimize Our Use of Plastic?

Protecting Our Planet: From a Cultural Perspective It was the weekend before my departure to Belgrade, Serbia that I watched the documentary ‘A Plastic Ocean,' and couldn't believe how rapid our environment is degrading and how much effort was lacking towards its protection. The proliferation of plastic products is developing a "disposable" lifestyle and an …

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A Window into the Balkans

Are you studying Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, or Serbian? We offer an immersive language program in the Balkans that offers undergraduate and graduate credit. Learn more about the program from the blogs below, and when you’re ready you can check out our website (acstudyabroad.org) and start your application! Spring 2019 applications are due October 15th. …

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Reflecting on a Summer in Sarajevo

I stand atop Trebević in the midst of a lush green mountainside forest. Nearby is a raw concrete structure tagged heavily with graffiti- the luge track from the '84 Winter Olympics. One of the cities' most noted tourist attractions, this is amongst my favorite locations for the fantastic view it provides- all the while giving …

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