International Service Learning


    • Global Practice Bosnia (formerly ISL Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Project Bosnia) planning for summer 2015 is underway! For the fifth year running, Global Practice Bosnia will again be directed by Ann T. Petrila, MSW, MPA, LCSW, Assistant Dean for Field Education and Clinical Professor of DU's Graduate School of Social Work. 

      Follow the blogs from former participants and check out the group's digital stories:

    • Stari Most, Mostar
      Stari Most, Mostar
    • Global Practice Bosnia is the University of Denver's first and longest running International Service Learning internship and is designed for DU graduate students of all majors. It provides students the unique opportunity to learn about the Balkans region through combined academic study and service based internships in Sarajevo.

      While deeply embedded in the history, culture, and multiple complexities of the Balkan region, students will study the buildup to and years of war before moving on to explore where Bosnia is today and the ways in which Bosnian citizens, governments, businesses, and NGOs look towards the future. Global Practice Bosnia participants will work alongside community members, partnering with local and international organizations that are seeking to address local and regional issues. While gaining professional work experience  and polishing their skills as global citizens, Global Practice Bosnia participants will also have the opportunity to engage in introspection, critical reflection, and personal growth.

      As part of the pre-departure portion of the program, Global Practice Bosnia  paticipants will be required to do readings, short assignments, attend a one day retreat and meet for up to 5 class sessions on select Thursday evenings during the Spring Quarter. We also hope to once again offer Bosnian language classes evenings during Spring Quarter, which students will be strongly encouraged to participate in. While in Bosnia, students will be engaged in their internships approximately 20-40 hours per week, as well as attend weekly reflection sessions, guest speakers, and weekly educational excursions.

  • Internship Placements

    • Possible internship opportunities cover a diverse range of fields and may be possible in the following areas:

      • Sustainable Development
      • Corporate Responsibility
      • Social Welfare
      • Human Rights
      • Post-Conflict Transformation
      • Faith Based Organizations
      • Education and Youth Development
      • Health
      • Civic Engagement
      • Gender Issues
      • Arts and Culture
      • Science and the Environment

      Below you can read about past ISL BiH participants' internship placements. If you are interested in exploring other internship possiblities, please be in touch with Ann Petrila, the program director.

  • 2015 Program Information

    • Global Practice Bosnia is currently accepting applications!  Click on the link below to apply.  For questions, please contact Ann Petrila, Program Director, at: or call 303-871-2863. Applications deadline is February 13, 2015.

      Tentative Program Dates:

      Academic Pre-Departure Sessions: Select Thursday evenings  (6-9pm) during Spring Quarter

      In-Country Program: June 22nd- August 16th, 2015 (Sarajevo, Bosnia) 

    • Housing in Bosnia:

    • Scholarships Are Available!

      Scholarship application is due by February 13, 2015.  Click here to apply!

    • The 2015 Global Practice Bosnia syllabus will be available spring quarter. The 2014 syllabus is provided here as a guide. You can expect the 2015 syllabus to be similar.  

  • Application Process

    • Applications for Global Practice Bosnia are currently being accepted.  Deadline is February 13, 2015.

      Application Instructions:

      1. Complete the on-line application form. 

      2. Attach your response to the following 5 essay questions as a Word document or PDF.

             a. Please describe why you are interested in the program.

             b. Describe an inter-cultural or international experience you have had and what you learned from this experience. 

             c. Discuss a group experience that you have had.  What went well?  What didn't?

             d. What value do you see in students going to another country to serve, learn, and participate in cultural exchange? 

             e. What do you anticipate to be the most challenging aspect of this program?  What do you anticipate to be the most rewarding?

       3. Complete the optional scholarship application if you would like to be considered for a scholarship.

      4. Download the letter of recommendation form linked in the
      application, and forward it via email to a faculty member of your choice
      for endorsement.  He or she must send the completed form directly back
      to the Graduate School of Social Work. Contact information and
      instructions are included on the form.

      5. Schedule an interview -- after you submit this electronic
      application you will receive an invitation to schedule an interview. 


      Click on the link below to apply!

      If you have questions about the application process, please contact Ann Petrila at or 303.871.2863.

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Photos

    • Bosnia
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