Study of the history, language, and culture of the Balkans has been part of the Indiana University curriculum for East European studies since the early 1950s. The Russian and East European Institute (REEI) and Department of Slavic and East European Languages & Cultures offer: three years of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and Modern Greek language training during the academic year and intensive first-year instruction during the summer; elementary Albanian, Macedonian, and Slovene language training during the summer and by arrangement during the academic year; and Old Church Slavonic (academic year only).
The Wells Library holds the Albanian collection and the Slovene, Serbian, and Croatian collection. The Albanian collection totals just over 1,000 volumes, about 700 of which are in Albanian, and the rest in Western languages and Russian. There are long runs of the major history and philology journals (Studime Filologjike, 1964-1990; Jeta e Re, 1949-1972; Studime Historike, 1964-1991). The collection for Slovene, Serbian, and Croatian stands at 42,000 volumes, about 5,300 of which are in Western languages or in Russian. The University was a depository for the Yugoslav PL-480 Program, a cooperative acquisitions program, until the early 1990s. During the past seven years, special efforts have been made to make the Slovene collection a research collection for the Midwest libraries. For this reason, the library has the newspaper Delo and subscriptions to some 40 other Slovene journals. The Slovene collection currently has approximately 4,300 volumes.
REEI has area related films and other materials for loan.
Graduate students take advantage of the University of Kansas’ multiple summer programs Zagreb and Dubrovnik, Croatia.
More information about IU- sponsored and non-IU programs can be found on the Overseas Study page.
McCloskey Fellowship Program
The McCloskey Fellowship Program was initiated in 2005 through the efforts of former congressman Frank McCloskey's late wife Roberta and the McCloskeys' friends and colleagues. Supported by the generous gifts of more than one hundred donors from across the United States and overseas, the program funds an exchange between the United States and countries of the former Yugoslavia of scholars and civil activitists committed to McCloskey’s vision of peace and freedom in the Balkans.
For more information and a list of past awardees please visit Frank McCloskey Fellowship Program.
IU regularly offers Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language instruction during the academic year and in the summer. For more information on upcoming language and content classes, see the Department of Slavic and East European Languages & Cultures for academic year opportunities and SWSEEL: The Summer Language Workshop for summer opportunities.
Modern Greek is also offered during the academic year, and for more information on upcoming classes, see the Institute for European Studies.