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Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian

Heritage speakers welcome!

Studying Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian is an excellent way to explore the countries of the former Yugoslavia, with their numerous ethnicities, religious backgrounds, nationalities, and language variants. Immersing yourself in the language, literature, and culture of the region offers the opportunity to discover the impacts of a complex and intertwined history of the people that live there. Program highlights include:

  • literature by Nobel Prize winners
  • contemporary film animation
  • vampires in folklore, history, and Hollywood
  • humor & food

Why should you study Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian at U-M?

Three languages for the price of one!

Although Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian are the official languages of their respective countires, they are completely understandable among each other. Learning BCS enables you to speak to nearly 20 million people in four countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, and Serbia).

You will be eligible for scholarships!

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide tuition and stipend to students studying designated foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies. The funding encourages the study of less commonly taught modern languages like BCS.

Some of the world's most beautiful beaches are located in Croatia and Montenegro!

The beautiful Adriatic coast is the filming location for the popular television show Game of Thrones. The region is filled with treasures for travelers interested in art, archaeology, architecture, film, history, folklore, and dance.

Stand out in the job market!

BCS will make your resume stand out. Possible career paths with BCS include commerce, business, academia, intelligence, security, tourism, NGOs, journalism, diplomacy and foreign service.

BCS instructor Marija Rosic (center) with Fall 2016 students
Spring 2017 BCS students with instructor Marija Rosic (center)

BCS Courses:

  • First- and second-year language courses (advanced study also available)
  • BCS Modern Literature and Literature of Exile (BCS 436, 437)
  • BCS Culture (BCS 350, SLAVIC 240, 470)

Please see the course guide for a complete list of BCS courses.

Advantages of BCS at U-M:

  • A program consisting of culture-based language instruction and complementary literary courses
  • Overall class sizes are small and personal, with plenty of individual contact with instructors
  • Two years of language instruction with advanced study available
  • Minor in BCS language, literature, and culture
  • Numerous opportunities and funding for study abroad, internships, and continuing language studies
assortment of B/C/S candy
Ćevapi, a traditional B/C/S food