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International Summer School in Mostar

Mostar old town and the bridge Stari Most
Mostar old town and the bridge Stari Most

The International Summer School of 2017 will take place in Mostar 29 May - 10 June 2017. The course is arranged each year in cooperation between the Croatian university Sveučilište u Mostaru and the Bosnian university Dzemal Bijedic, Mostar, Bosnia and University College of Southeast Norway!


The purpose of this course is to give the students an introduction to the international regime for human rights.

Course contents:

  • Basic philosophical ideas and theories that the modern international regime for human right has come to rest upon
  • Description and analysis of the Universal Declaration of Human rights
  • Analysis of the major human rights conventions and their monitoring mechanisms that has been adapted in the post second world war period.
  • Insight into international humanitarian law and the emerging system of international criminal law

We will consider both the UN system as well as the European human rights regime. After the conclusion of this course, the students will be able to understand and give meaning to such human rights mechanisms as The Human Rights council, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the European Court of Human Rights, the European Framework Convention on National Minorities, the European Torture Convention etc.

We conclude with examples of the implementation of human rights obligations in national politics.

The lectures will be presented by Associate Professor Dr. Lars Petter Soltvedt.


The purpose of this course is to give the students a theoretical and practical introduction to the Social Entrepreneurship.

In this first part of the course the student learns/is trained to discover social business opportunities. We define business opportunities in this respect as opportunities for social wealth creation. Market investigation, idea generation and verification.

Teach the student techniques to analyse and prioritize product functions and to name the quality of the product by correlating functions against market requirements and technical specifications. The team process requires focus on team cultivation and knowledge development through self-studies and tutor guiding.

The student is given an overview of how to develop an industry on an extensive scale on the basis of the product idea. Good product ideas reach its potential through an adapted Business Model. In this part of the course the student is given an overview of various Social Business Models that could suite the very idea that the students have come up with in previous parts of the course. In this final part of the course students are trained to express their ideas and solution orally as well as in writing. The written statement should take form of a business plan.

The lectures will be presented by Associate Professor Arnt Farbu.

Teaching methods

Subject oriented lectures, seminars and tutorials. Theories, models and methods will be presented in the lectures. Seminars and tutorials in cooperation with Nansen Dialogue Center.

A large number of textbooks will be available at the library. There is no tuition involved.

Successful completion of each class will result in the awarding of 7,5 ECTS credits.


The University of Mostar

The University was established in 1977 and is called University of Mostar (Sveučilište u Mostaru) since 1992 and it is the only Croatian speaking university in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The University dates back to 1895 when the Franciscan Theological School was established. Although several Mostar higher education institutions were established after the Second World War, from 1977 to 1992 they became constituent members of “Džemal Bijedić University” in Mostar. The name and the official language of the University were changed in 1992. From that time the University is called the University of Mostar and the Croatian language was introduced as the official language.

Today, University of Mostar has around 15000 students and 1000 teaching staff from Mostar and abroad and consists of ten Faculties and one Academy of Fine Arts, nine institutes and a Student Center.

The Džemal Bijedić University

The Džemal Bijedić University of Mostar was founded on February 11th 1977. In 1992 and 1993 the University lost its autonomy as a consequence of the war.

Today, the University is having 6000 students, with a teaching staff of 250 professors and teaching assistants, from Mostar and other cities in the region. The faculties within the University are the Faculty of Humanities (which used to be a faculty for languages), the Faculty of Information technology, the Faculty of Business management ( former faculty of economics), Faculty of Law, Teaching faculty, Agro-Mediterranean faculty, Faculty of Mechanical engineering and the Faculty of Civil engineering.

After the war 1992-1995, the University library was left without a facility and books. Today, it is situated in a properly made and supplied part of the university, and the number of books is growing. The Faculty of Humanities, founded in 2002 today has the following departments: English language and literature, Bosnian language and literature, German language and literature, Communications (Public relations, Business communication and Journalism), Turkish language and literature and History.

The University cooperates with various Universities abroad. Offices at the University that help improve their work and regional cooperation are: The international relations office, the Bosch lector- coordinator for international scholarships, the University library, the student hotel, the Student union, the institute of the Faculty of civic engineering, the institute for mechanical engineering, the office for assuring the teaching quality and the Career center.

The Faculty of Education, Džemal Bijerdic University of Mostar, is a public institution. The faculty is the legitimate successor of the Academy of Pedagogy, Džemal Bijerdic University of Mostar, and the oldest university member, established in 1950. THe main activity of the faculty is higher education and vocational training of primary and secondary school teachers.

The summer school of 2017 will be hosted by the Faculty of business

University College of Southeast Norway

University College of Southeast Norway (USN) is the second largest of it´s kind in Norway, measured in total number of students (more than 16000).

USN was established January 1 2016, as a result of a merger between the university colleges in Buskerud/Vestfold and Telemark.

With 8 campuses USN is  regionally based, with a clear and strong presence in one of the most exciting and dynamic regions in Norway.

Our ambition is to be a national leader in selected subject areas, and internationally oriented.

Political science and Human rights belongs to the School of Business and Faculty of Social Sciences in Buskerud-Vestfold. The political science program at USN is the only one in Norway which combines political science with human rights and the multicultural society. The bachelor's and master's programmes in political science and human rights are aimed at students with an interest in politics and human rights, both at national and international level.

The Department of Human Rights, Ethics and Diversity cooperates with nationally and internationally recognized institutions such as the Nansen Dialogue Centre and the Helsinki-committee, amongst others, to broaden and strengthen the academic field of human rights and multiculturalism.

The Nansen Dialogue Center

The idea of creating Nansen Dialogue started in Norway in 1994, when the city of Lillehammer, host of the Winter Olympics, connected with a former Olympic City, Sarajevo, at that time a city under siege.

The wars in the Western Balkans in the 1990s left many societies divided and segregated, with little hope for a better future. With the aim of bringing hope through dialogue and reconciliation several Nansen Dialogue Centres were established in Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia.

These centres are the core of the Nansen Dialogue Network (NDN), a network which shares its know-how and experience with local, national and international actors and partners to jointly support dialogue and peacebuilding processes around the world.

The NDN experience has shown that dialogue can be an effective tool in reconciliation and peace building. The Nansen Dialogue Network gathers politicians, journalists, teachers, parents, and pupils for dialogue about their own conflict, exploring potential solutions and opening possibilities for institutional change, where the situation is no longer seen through ethnic or mono-cultural lenses, but with a view to joint understanding that benefit all.





  • Please note: Students should be enrolled in an undergraduate programme at their home institution. 
  • The courses are particulary suitable for students enrolled in an undergraduate programme, with focus on social sciences/ law/ political science/education i.e.
  • There are no prerequisites for these courses except eligibility to study at the post-high school level and the ability to relate meaningfully to an English spoken classroom and to understand texts written in English.

Practical information

  • The courses will take place at the Dzemal Bijedic University of Mostar.
  • Dates: 29 May - 10 June, 2017
  • There is no tuition/course fee
  • 1st application deadline: February 1, 2017
  • Travel and accommodation expenses must be covered by the participant. Click here for information on expenses for Norwegian students (in Norwegian).
  • There is no additional support provided by the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (lånekassen) for participating at summer schools, but travel and living costs are kept to a minimum to ensure that students can overcome with the costs attending this course.
  • Students are not depending on having the courses approved by their programme coordinator at the faculty, to attend. The summer school can be approved as a part of a bachelor programme by their home institution, or be taken as an additional course, earning additional credits.
  • Accommodation for students coming from outside Mostar in City Hotel in Mostar. Cost of accomodation: 26/night double room, 33/night single room, breakfast included. Accommodation will be pre-booked for students who apply before the deadline on a first-come-first serve basis.
  • Travel arrangements for participants from Norway: Flights with Norwegian Oslo-Sarajevo or Oslo- Dubrovnik/Split. Group transport from Sarajevo to Mostar.


Students from Norway: The application and registration deadline for Norwegian students is now due. Please contact if you intend to register after the deadline. 

Students from Mostar and USN partners: For students from the universities of Mostar and other international partners, please tick to download the application form here. 

Please remember to fill in the application and to send it to together with your latest transcript of records within May 1st 2017.

Please remember to submit your latest transcript of records to after the submission of your online registration form. Applications who are submitted without the transcript will not be evaluated.

Course descriptions and study plans:
International Human Rights (PDF)
Social Entrepreneurship (PDF)