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Yale Summer Session in Dubrovnik: History & Culture of Southeastern Europe

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Program Information


Dubrovnik, Croatia, Republic of




Saturday, June 27, 2020 to Saturday, August 1, 2020



Areas of Focus

Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills Hu & So distributional requirement


Study Center

Course Number

HIST S299 & SOCY S286/ER&M S281


2 Yale credits


Jasmina Besirevic     |   Ivo Banac




Multidisciplinary study from antiquity to modernity. The program covers the Byzantine presence and the remnants of the Roman world; consequences of the schism between Rome and Constantinople; barbarian kingdoms and the medieval city-states; Ottoman incursions and millets; Renaissance and Baroque; beginning of nationalism and modern national integration; national revolutions, fascism, communism, and post-communist conflicts; secularization of religion; and genocide in the post-Yugoslav wars.

Classes will meet Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and students should expect about 10 hours of work outside the classroom each week, as well excursions and other program activities.

At the time of application, participants choose to receive credit in either SOCY or ER&M for the Culture of Southeastern Europe course. 

The sllyabus below is from a previous summer and contains dates that differ from those of the upcoming summer.


Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad updates program budgets in late January. Please note the year listed on the button below.

Summer 2020 Budget

Trips and Activities

To best experience this region of Southeastern Europe, all excursions will include a sampling of local cuisine, walking tours, and presentations by local scholars.

Activities in Dubrovnik include a boat tour of the nearby islands, sea kayaking, various art performances, ice cream tastings, café outings (schedule permitting), a guided tour of the Rector’s Palace, and instructor-led walking tours of the Old City, St. Blasius Church, the Assumption Cathedral, Franciscan Monastery, Jewish Museum, Dominican Monastery, and the Old City Walls.

Trips outside of Dubrovnik will include several excursions:

  • an afternoon-visit to the coastal city of Cavtat and presentations at the Baltazar Bogišić Museum, the Bukovac Gallery, and the Mausoleum of the Račić family by the sculptor Ivan Meštrović, with a traditional lunch in the Konavle region;
  • a one-day visit to Montenegro with a scenic drive through the Gulf of Kotor, a guided tour of the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, and a walking tour of the Old City of Kotor, as well as a guided tour of the Njegoš Museum and the Palace of King Nikola in Cetinje;
  • a three-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina which includes a traditional Bosnian lunch in Jablanica, a presentation by a genocide survivor and a guided tour of the Gallery Exhibition Srebrenica, a walking tour of downtown Sarajevo, as well as a guided tour of the Old City in Mostar, and a visit of the Dervish’s House in Blagaj;
  • an afternoon at the peninsula of Pelješac which includes a visit to an oyster farm, a local vineyard, and a salt mine in Ston, as well as taking a boat to Kobaš for a seafood lunch and relaxation by the sea;
  • an afternoon at the nature reserve on the island of Lokrum.


Students will stay in double occupancy suites at Inter-University Center where class sessions will also be held. All suites are air-conditioned and furnished with two beds, two desks, and two chairs, and their own bathrooms. Housing fee includes most lunches and dinners, Monday through Friday. Daily meals will be provided at the Mimoza Restaurant.


Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and are expected to arrive in Dubrovnik on the first day of the program, and depart no earlier than the last day of the program (see 'Dates' above); additional information will be provided upon admission.


For course content questions contact instructor, Jasmina Besirevic. For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

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