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Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program open to undergraduate and graduate students

Language of Instruction: Bosnian

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year, Spring

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Academic Year: September - June
Spring Semester: February - June

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements. Although some subjects may be taught in English, applicants should have a high proficiency/native fluency.

Application Deadline:

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (final)

Subjects Available:

  • Business - Accounting
  • Business - Business Administration
  • Business - Finance (graduate level only)
  • Business - Management (graduate level only)
  • Economics (also available at graduate level)
  • Advertising
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry and Biotechnology (also available at graduate level)
  • Biology (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Accounting (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Business Administration (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Finance (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Information Systems (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - International Business (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Logistics & Operations Management (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Management (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Marketing (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Operations Management (graduate level only)
  • Chemistry (also available at graduate level)
  • Communications (also available at graduate level)
  • Computer Science (also available at graduate level)
  • Creative Writing - (graduate level only)
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice (also available at graduate level)
  • Economics (also available at graduate level)
  • Education - Adult & Higher Education (also available at graduate level)
  • Education - Counseling (graduate level only)
  • Education - Early Childhood Education
  • Education - Educational Administration (graduate level only)
  • Education - Elementary Education (also available at graduate level)
  • Education - General Educational Studies
  • Education - Physical Education
  • Education - Secondary Education (also available at graduate level)
  • Education - Special Education
  • Engineering - Civil Engineering
  • Engineering - Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
  • English (also available at graduate level)
  • Film Studies
  • History (also available at graduate level)
  • History - Museum Studies (graduate level only)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Languages - Arabic
  • Languages - French
  • Languages - German
  • Languages - Spanish
  • Liberal Studies
  • Literature
  • Mathematics (also available at graduate level)
  • Media Studies
  • Modern European Studies
  • Music - Education (also available at graduate level)
  • Music - Performance
  • Nursing (also available at graduate level)
  • Philosophy (also available at graduate level)
  • Physics (also available at graduate level)
  • Political Science (also available at graduate level)
  • Psychology (also available at graduate level)
  • Public Policy and Administration (also available at graduate level)
  • Social Work (also available at graduate level)
  • Sociology
  • Studio Art - Art Education
  • Studio Art - Drawing
  • Studio Art - General Fine Arts
  • Studio Art - Graphic Design
  • Studio Art - Painting
  • Studio Art - Photography
  • Theatre
  • Women and Gender Studies

The University:  The University of Sarajevo is the lead university in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the leading universities in the region and decends from centuries-long tradition of higher education in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There are currently more than 55,000 students at the University. It has a decentralized structure, meaning that departments and schools operate as autonomous units under a loose university association.

The University of Sarajevo is not a traditional campus university, and if you are used to a campus environment, you may find it very different to study here. The faculties and academies are spread at different locations across the capital.

The majority of opportunities for students is limited by the student's knowledge of the host languages. With those language skills, students can easily take classes in most departments at the University of Sarajevo for which they qualify. 

Academics: Currently, very few courses are taught in English, however, professors may be willing to teach in English in certain departments. Alternatively, if you have basic knowledge of Bosnian to follow the lectures, you could possibly take exams and write papers in English. The International Relations Office will try to help you with arranging consultations, literature and exams in English, by contacting professors who are willing to help you. Students have to explore these options individually. This is a very important step, since it will be one of the major considerations when candidates' applications are evaluated by the host institution."

The University in Sarajevo offers language school for foreigners called “Let's Learn Bosnian”. Classes are organized for the small groups who are being taught Bosnian for the improved daily communications.

Housing: Students can live in shared dormitory rooms at the Sarajevo Student Centre. The Sarajevo Student Centre is a public institution providing room and board to full-time students at the University in Sarajevo. The room and board (breakfast and dinner) is available at the Student Dorm in Nedžarići and the Student Dorm in Bjelave.

NEDŽARIĆI STUDENT DORM is located in the new part of Sarajevo. Its accommodation capacities are 960. The rooms are doubles and triples. They include bathrooms. The dorm also has the following facilities: cafeteria, study hall, TV room, multimedia and IT centre, billiard hall, café-pizzeria, sports facilities and car park.

JELAVE STUDENT DORM is located in the central part of Sarajevo. Its capacity is 1000 beds. The rooms vary in terms of accommodation capacity. The dorm has the following facilities: cafeteria, TV room, multimedia and IT centre, study rooms, sports facilities.

Alternatively, students may find their own or shared apartments in Sarajevo.

Activities and Programs: The International Relations Office organizes an orientation program that aims to acquaint the students, teachers and associates with the University of Sarajevo, its history, tradition and culture of Sarajevo and country as well. As a part of past Orientation weeks the IRO organized a field trip to Herzegovina: City of Mostar, Počitelj and waterfall Kravice. For IRO, student exchange is not only academic activity, but also a chance to meet new people and customs of the host country. This is a great opportunity for students to enjoy in historical monuments and BH cusine.

Location: Sarajevo has been the meeting point between east and west for hundreds of years, the place where time seems to freeze. Many civilizations and Empires have passed through this city, each of them leaving traces behind that can be found all over. In just a few hundred meters in Sarajevo, Catholic and Orthodox churches, mosques and Jewish synagogues proudly stand side by side. Centuries have passed by and they still stand out, welcoming travellers. 

Sarajevo is the capital and the largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a population of around 306,000 people living in the four municipalities that make up the city area, and around 423,000 people living in the wider area of the Sarajevo Canton (according to data from August 2009). Today, the city is recovering and adjusting to a post-agression reality, as a major centre of culture and economic development in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

International Office Website:

Course Offerings:

International Student Guide:

Cost Estimates for 2013-14*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Books and course materials $140.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $140.00
Accommodations  $850.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1700.00
Airfare $1400.00
Local Transportation $140.00
Other $850.00
Total $9009.60*

Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2013/14 rate - 2014/15 tuition rate TBA April 2014. Non-resident fees may apply. 
* Costs are based off a four month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Other includes the University of Sarajevo's recommended amount of "pocket money."

 Some text courtesy of the University of Sarajevo