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  • Locations: Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Costs: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-led Education Abroad Advisor: Michelle Harvancik
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Environmental Science
Program Description:
Hydrogeology and Water Systems Engineering of Karst Aquifers in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Croatia.
May 24 - June 9, 2019
I. Program Information
Serbia2Nearly 25% of the Earth's surface consists of rocks which are susceptible to dissolving to create sinkholes and other erosional features. The type of terrain where these erosional features form is called "karst". The science and engineering of karst was developed in what is now Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Croatia. Colleagues at the University of Belgrade have formed the Centre for Karst Hydrogeology to translate their expertise in living and working with this type of earth surface terrain. They have created a summer course for international students that is jointly sponsored by UNESCO. The Director of the Center and lead instructor for the courses, Dr. Zoran Stevanovic, has invited Dr. Springer to have NAU students join this unique and innovative course. Dr. Springer has been invited to help co-teach the sections of the course related to his expertise in inventorying and assessing springs ecosystems. NAU students will participate in this international course and learn from the world experts in how centuries of Serbians have learned to live and work in karst.

Students will receive 3 credit hours, GLG 499, course titled "Applied Geology of Karst". (Alternatively CENE 499 titled "Karst Engineering in Bosnia")

II. Admissions Requirements
  • Enrolled as a student in good academic and disciplinary standing with NAU
  • Junior, Senior or graduate student in Geology, Environmental Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, or related field with permission of instructor
  • At least 18 years old

III. Program Itinerary (preliminary!)

Days                Activity
Feb xx             Initial meeting, discussion of schedule and requirements, airline tickets
                        Geology, Room 223, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Apr xx             10:30-12:00, Pre-departure orientation held by the Center for International Education (required)
                        1:00-2:30 Pre-departure meeting led by Parnell and Springer; logistics and pre-departure assessment

Apr xx             NAU – Pre-departure meeting; geography, geology, engineering, language, culture

May 24            Depart U.S. (students and faculty)
May 25            Arrive Dubrovnik airport, shuttle to Trebinje [shuttle contact] Stay Trebinje, Hotel VIV
May 26            10:00-16:00, Trebinje orientation day and recover jet lag (Stay Trebinje, Hotel VIV)
                        Do introduction to Dinaric karst region, culture and history, and the two-week trip
May 27            9:30 Introduction to course, overview of karst (Stay Trebinje, Hotel VIV)
May 28            8:00-20:00, Start excursion #1, Trebinje to Niksic (Stay Podgorica, Hotel Evropa)
May 29            8:00-20:00, Bolje sestre source, Skadar Lake, Niksic to Kotor (Stay Kotor, Hotel Galia)
May 30            8:00-20:00, Boka Kotorska (coastal area), Grahovo polje, Kotor return to Trebinje, (Stay Trebinje, Hotel VIV)
May 31            8:30-17:30, Lectures, Visit Grancarevo dam
June 1              8:30-19:00, Full-day lectures, practice problems, springs ecohydrology
June 2              9:00-17:15, Excursion to Popovo polje, Vjetrenica cave, vrelo Bune, Mostar area
June 3              9:00-18:15, Lectures on karst hydrogeology, management and modeling
June 4              9:30-21:00, Written exam, Closing ceremony, farewell party
June 5              8:00-20:00, Mljet Island excursion (Stay Mljet or Dubrovnik)
June 6              8:00-20:00, Dubrovnik area hydrogeology and history tours (Stay Dubrovnik)
June 7              8:00-17:00, Free day in Dubrovnik (Stay Dubrovnik)
June 8              Depart for U.S.
June 9              Return to U.S.
TBD                Post trip debrief

IV. Costs
To view the costs for this program, click the "cost" link at the top of the page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included.

V. Housing
Students will stay in safe and comfortable hostels and hotels throughout the program. Accommodation will be shared with students form the same identified gender. There are single rooms available for extra costs.

VI. How to Apply
To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once you submit an application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.  Starting an application is free. Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application.  This program has an early deadline due to local requirements. Please make sure to apply before February, 1st.

VII. Additional Information
Although the host country, Bosnia, is non-English speaking, the instructors of the course will all be English speaking and the course will be offered in English. While in Bosnia, we will always have local guides who are fluent in English and local languages.
You can find a video made by the in-country host from last year's course:

If you would like to talk to an advisor about this program, you can find his/her name at the top of this page. To make an appointment, or view walk-in hours for this advisor, please visit the "Talk to an Advisor" section located on the main menu on the left side of your screen.

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