I’m Thinking of Applying for the Summer School Open or Close
Who can apply to the Summer School?
We accept applications from graduate students, advance undergraduate students, professionals working in related fields, applicants holding a BA already who are currently not students but are considering to continue their higher education and pursue a graduate degree, or currently applying for graduate programs.
What sorts of people apply for the Summer School?
The Summer School is truly an international program, attracting a diverse range of people. In 2015 for example we had 60 students from more than 20 countries that attended the summer school. The majority of the participants are graduate students, or advanced undergraduate students, alongside a number of professionals (with an academic degree) engaged in civil society or state institutions from a range of fields including: human rights, policy analysis, education for peace and others.
What documents are needed to apply for the Summer School?
Aside from completing the online Summer School application form, we do not require any additional documents from you.
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for the 2016 Summer School is March 25, 2016. Please note that some courses will reach their maximum capacity much earlier than the planned deadline, thus we would recommend that you apply at your earliest convenience in order to reserve your place on the course of your first choice.
What are the English language requirements?
Language of instruction for all courses is English. Even though we do not require TOEFL/IELTS and similar certificates, we strongly recommend that you apply for the Summer School only if you are able to fully comprehend, proficiently communicate and write in English. All the courses rely heavily on students’ participation, in-class discussions, as well as some of the course on students’ presentations.
Can I attend more than one course?
You can chose only one course to attend, which is based on your preference list out of 5 courses that we offer for 2016 Summer School.
I am not a student at the moment; can I still apply for the Summer School?
If you are currently not a student or if you have already graduated, you may still apply for the Summer School. Though we require that your area of expertise and interests be related to the topics that the Summer school is covering in the social science (human rights, civil society, conflict studies, memory studies, political sciences, peace studies, etc.). Strong motivation letter and CV will help us learn more about you, your background and the reasons you are applying to the summer school: please make sure you carefully fill these sections and provide us with as much information as possible.
I am an undergraduate student; can I also apply for the Summer School?
Yes, you may apply for the Summer School as an advanced undergraduate student, i.e. if you not a freshmen on your first year of studies only.
How will I be notified about my application?
We communicate with all applicants primarily via email that you provide us with in your application form. Before sending your application form it is important that you double check and make sure all information you entered is correct. You may want to periodically check your spam folder to make sure that our messages are not recognized as spam emails.
Am I allowed to change my course once the Summer School has started?
Once you are accepted as a student in the Summer School and after you confirm your participation, you will not be able to change the course you participate in.
How many people will be in a course group?
We estimate the number of participants in each course to be between 12 to 20 students.
What will my schedule look like that week?
Typically you will have a 3.5-hour lecture and a lunch break each day. Your day may start as early as 9 or 10AM, and finish as late as 4PM. We also offer additional optional activities during the Summer School that typically start after the last lecture.
Summer School Schedule and Course Materials Open or Close
When will I get the Summer School schedule?
The detailed Summer School daily schedule is usually finalized by the end of May.
Can I know the names/email addresses of the other students on my course?
Am I able to contact course lecturers before the start of the course?
Email inquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and where the CFCCS staff cannot answer a question it will be forwarded to the relevant course lecturer.
Do I need to do any reading before the course starts?
Yes you do! To obtain the optimum learning experience from the course it is essential to attend all of the lectures and it is also important to do all the course reading. For that reason, you will receive all the course reading materials at least one month in advance so that they can dedicate enough time for reading and preparing for the course. All readings will be available in our on-line platform through the Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK).
Summer School Tuition and Payments Open or Close
Is there an application fee?
Yes, we require from all accepted applicants to confirm their participation and to pay the registration fee.
Can I make payment in my local currency?
Unfortunately we can only accept payments in Euro. We will not be able to receive/accept any other currency except Euros for tuition payment.
Can I pay by Credit/Debit card or via PayPal?
At the moment we canot accept Credit or Debit cards as methods of payment. We are actively exploring options of using PayPal for tuition payments in 2016. Fingers crossed!
Is it possible to pay the tuition in installments?
Unfortunately we do not accept tuition payment in installments.
Can I pay by a bank transfer?
Yes, after being accepted to the Summer School and in order to reserve your place for the course of your choice, we require that you pay the registration fee. We will provide detailed information and instruction for payment in due time to each participant.
After I pay the registration fee via bank transfer, how long does it take for CFCCS to receive it?
Bank transfers can take from 5-10 working days. Please note that these times can differ, depending on the country the money is being wired from. Once we receive a statement from the bank, we will contact you to confirm that we have received your payment.
When do I have to pay my tuition fees?
After being accepted to the Summer School we ask participants to pay the registration fee shortly after their confirmations of attendance, in order to reserve their place for the chosen course. If we do not receive a confirmation of payment, we will not be able to take your application into consideration.
Summer School ECTS Credits and Certificates Open or Close
How many credits will I receive for my participation in the Summer School course?
We offer 5 ECTS credits for each of the courses. Upon completing the course requirements successfully, you will be able to transfer credits to your home institution.
Do I have to submit final paper in order to get the ECTS credits? Will I still get a certificate if I don't?
We only give 5 ECTS credits to participants who have successfully completed all course requirements and have submitted their final papers. Specific details on final paper, dates of submission and grading are given by each course lecturer. If a participant does not fulfill all course requirements mentioned above, s/he may not qualify to receive the ECTS credits.
Accommodation in Belgrade Open or Close
I would like to reserve my own accommodation; do you have any suggestions where to look?
If you prefer to find accommodation in a walking distance from the Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK) where the Summer School is taking place, you may want to check the following hostels near Karađorđeva street: New Hostel Belgrade, Hostel Central Station, Hostel Play or Home Sweet Home Hostel.
You may also try Airbnb in Belgrade, we have noticed some great places for rent.
Please note that Summer School participants are responsible for finding and reserving their own accommodation.
Hotel Kasina reservations
Does Hotel Kasina have any check-in requirements regarding the time of arrival for check in or the time of departure for check out?
Check-in time at Hotel Kasina is 2PM, while check-out time is 12PM.
Can the bill at Hotel Kasina be paid with a Credit or Debit card or does it have to be paid in cash only?
Accommodation at hotel Kasina can be paid with the following Credit and Debit cards: Visa, Visa Electron, Maestro, Mastercard and American express. Payment can be also be made in cash but only in local currency (Dinars).
What is the cancellation policy for Hotel Kasina?
For all information on Hotel Kasina cancellation policy, you will need to communicate directly with the Hotel management.
Preparing for My Trip to Belgrade… Open or Close
How do I get to the city center from the airport?
Taxi: You may get a taxi ride from the airport to the city center. Taxi can cost you from 20-35 Euros in one direction. Please make sure to get a coupon from the airports taxi stand at the airport (near the luggage pick up area) and take one of the official registered taxis that are located on the designated area of the airport. IMPORTANT: If you are approached by any taxi driver at the airport arrivals terminal, who may be offering you a “cheaper ride” without a taxi coupon, kindly refuse them as you might end up paying a lot of money and get yourself into a possibly unpleasant situation.
Bus: There are 2 bus lines that you may take from the airport to the city center: Bus #72 takes you all the way to the city center or you may take the minibus shuttle A1. These buses are operating every hour during the day and cost much less than a taxi ride. Usually the price of a bus ticket is around 3 Euros. The bus schedules are not always set though and you may end up waiting for the bus much longer than expected.
What is the weather like in Belgrade during the summer and how should I pack?
Belgrade in June/July is very warm, with daily temperature of around 26 degrees Celsius. In some years it was even much warmer! All our classrooms have AC. At night it can get a bit colder, so we recommend layers. It can also be rainy, so pocket umbrella is always a good idea.
What is the average cost of living in Belgrade?
The cost of living in Belgrade can vary and depends on the type of accommodation and preferred dining venues you choose. Accommodation in Belgrade can vary from 10-15 Euros/per night for a hostel to 60-85 Euros/per night for a 3 star hotel in the city center. Breakfast usually costs around 5 Euros, while dinner can cost you from 10 Euros in a fast-food place to 40 Euros if you are dining in a moderately priced restaurant. As for the public transportation cost, you have an option of a 1-day ticket (1.7 Euros), 3-day ticket (6.5 Euros) or 5-day ticket (around 10 Euros) that is valid for buses, trams and trolleys. As for Belgrade nightlife, people usually spend between 10-30 Euros for drinks in clubs/cafes/bars.
Where should I ideally change money?
We would recommend changing your money in the official exchange offices (Menjačnica) that can be found in the city center. We do not recommend to change money in banks as the exchange rates are lower than in exchange offices so you might end up with getting less money from a bank than from an exchange office. If someone on the street offers you to change your money, we would recommend that you kindly refuse, as it could be a scam.
Visa FAQs Open or Close
Do I need a visa to enter Serbia to part take in the Summer School?
Depending on your nationality you may need a visa in order to enter Serbia. Please check if you are required to obtain a visa in order to enter Serbia with your relevant home institution.
When should I apply for a visa?
If you are required to obtain a visa to enter Serbia, we would recommend starting your visa application as soon as you get the confirmation that you have been accepted as a student to partake in the Summer School and after you pay the registration fee. That way we can assist with and support your Serbian visa application.
Will you provide me with a Summer School visa letter?
Yes, we do provide an Invitation letter for all applicants who have been accepted for the Summer School and that have paid the registration fee.
How do I apply for a Summer School visa letter?
We only need you to check the option that you require visa to enter Serbia and to provide the necessary data that we require in your Summer School application form.
How long will it take for my Summer School visa letter to arrive?
As soon as you are accepted to the Summer School and pay the registration fee, we will start working on the paperwork that is needed to support your visa application and those documents will be sent directly to the Serbian embassy/consulate that you have stated in your application form. The paperwork can last from 3-5 working days; in rare cases it could take more time.
What if my visa is declined?
In case that your visa request is declined you can make a new request and we can provide you with all the supporting documents that are needed on our behalf. Also, according to our policy, we cannot reimburse you the registration fee in case your visa is definitely declined.