Exploring the Bosnian Genocide and Social Action

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Third year Criminology students enrolled on the module International Perspectives (CRIM3004), are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 15 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Students will arrive in Bosnia on the first day before checking into the hotel and spending the evening preparing for the first day of activities.

Day 2 will see students undertake a tour of the beautiful city of Sarajevo and learn about the diversity of cultures and the socio-political context in which the Bosnian conflict happened. There will be an opportunity to visit the Gazi Husrev Bey’s Mosque and see the range of religious identities which have co-existed for centuries in Bosnia. Students will visit the War Childhood Museum and explore the conflict from a child’s perspective. This will also demonstrate the role of education and support services which operate to help support Bosnians of all ages to confront the traumas of their recent pasts.

Day 3 will involve a trip into Republika Srpska, one of two political entities (areas) in Bosnia, culminating in a visit to Srebrenica-Potočari Memorial Centre and Cemetery. With the support of a guide, students will visit and explore the Srebrenica memorial and see through video, photographs and hearing first hand from a survivor the impact of the Srebrenica genocide which saw over 8000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys killed.

Day 4 will deepen the students understanding of the Bosnian genocide, with a rare opportunity to attend the Association of Women Victims of War and hear survivor testimonies from those who were interned in rape camps and who continue to fight for justice. Many of the women working here have given evidence at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at The Hague. The evening will involve a group dinner at a local Bosnian restaurant.

Overall, this trip will allow students to understand the nature of state crime and crimes against humanity. Furthermore, it will provide them with an opportunity to see how different institutions and organisations contribute to activities to prevent future crimes against humanity, supporting the learning outcomes of the International Perspectives Module. Towards the end of the visit, students will have some free time to experience for themselves the culturally diverse and intriguing city of Sarajevo with one of the most diverse heritages in Europe.

Note: This trip is  a collaboration between DMUglobal and DMUlocal (for those who choose this option) and is therefore joint funded. The standard DMUglobal bursary of £150 applies but there is also an additional £100 bursary for students who ‘make a pledge for social action’. Students making the pledge, will on their return to the UK, be required to undertake social action via DMUlocal in support of our commitment to UN SDG16.

Any student who wishes to undertake the combined option will be interviewed by CCJ staff and required to sign a pledge to social action to ensure their commitment to the UNSDG16.

Further note: Remembering Srebrenica are providing translators (free of charge) and access to trips not normally available to the public to make this a once in a lifetime experience.

Cultural activities

Students will visit the Srebrenica Memorial and Potocari Memorial Centre, taking part in a guided tour of the memorial, as well as visiting the the War Childhood Museum. There will also be the opportunity to visit the Association of Women Victims of War, where they will be able to hear victim testimonies, and relatives exploring the experience of and impact of the Bosnian genocide and its legacy. Finally, participants will also visit the Gazi Husrev Mosque before touring the city of Sarajevo.

Travel and accommodation

Accommodation and travel  will be booked by the faculty for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

To take part in this trip you must meet Bosnian immigration requirements. The #DMUglobal team will provide documents as required but you must ensure you apply for your visa as soon as you have been formally accepted for this opportunity. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements so you receive your visa before departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

British nationals don’t need a visa to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina for a total period of no longer than 90 days within a period of 6 months following your first entry. Students from outside the UK will need to contact the Bosnian Embassy in London to find out if they need a visa.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 24 February 2020
  • Return date: Saturday 29 February 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £450
  • Students will also be required to pay for any other additional costs including transfers, food & drink and visa (if applicable)
  • DMU Global bursary: £150
  • DMU Local bursary: £100
  • Deadline for application: Monday 21 October 2019 9am