19th International Summer School Youth and Heritage

APPLY BY May 6th, 2024, 23:59 UTC+1


The International Summer School Youth and Heritage is an advanced educational platform intended to complement university syllabi. The curriculum is a unique combination of practical and theoretical learning methods, performed in Sarajevo, Mostar, and Stolac - historic Bosnian cities which suffered extensive damage during the early 1990s war. Since the end of the war, these cities have been a focus of post-war heritage reconstruction and social recovery. This environment provides students with personal experience of working and living in a context where heritage reconstruction is a factor of the necessarily long-term process of healing societal and cultural trauma. Since its inception, the Summer School programme has thus focused on promoting understanding and the conservation of significant expressions of tangible and intangible cultural heritage within a post-traumatic context.


The 19th International Summer School Youth and Heritage will be organised between July 25th and August 10th, 2024 in Sarajevo, Mostar and Stolac, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Introductory lectures will be held online between July 1st and 3rd, 2024. Participants of ISSYH will have access to public lectures organised as part of the International Conference on Unity and Plurality in Europe titled ‘Twenty Years after the Reconstruction of the Old Bridge in Mostar’. ISSHY 19 is organised in partnership with ICCROM, UNESCO Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH), UNESCO Chair of World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Management in the Arab Region, German Technical University, Muscat and the Cambridge Interfaith Programme - University of Cambridge.


The ISSYH hosts up to 30 young people aged between 20 and 35, young professionals or students interested in cultural heritage, with good English language skills. The ISSYH program features cultural presentations, social interactions, recreational activities, and fun, creating a lively atmosphere for participants of diverse backgrounds.

Those wishing to seek credits from their home institutions may opt for an additional summative assignment (a 2000-word essay) due two weeks after the ISSYH. Whilst we do not offer credits ourselves, we can write to your home institution to indicate that the ISSYH, at Level 1 (FHEQ 4), offers knowledge equivalent to 4US credits, 7.5 ECTS or 15 FHEQ.


Online registration form

1. Application Submission: All applicants must submit their completed application form by the specified deadline. All Submissions after May 6, 2024, 23:59 UTC+1 will not be considered.
2. Eligibility: Applicants should meet the age criteria of being between 20 and 35 years old. Participants of different educational and cultural backgrounds should have a strong interest in cultural heritage as an agent of social recovery and social cohesion and possess good English language skills.
3. Selection Process: Applicants will be shortlisted based on the information provided in their application form. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an online interview as part of the selection process.
4. Acceptance: Acceptance into ISSYH is not guaranteed solely by the completion of the application form. Successful completion of the interview stage is a prerequisite for final acceptance.


1. Financial Responsibility: The participation costs totalling 1900 Euro cover the fee, provision of materials, meals, accommodation, transportation during the program, stationary, utilities technical assistance, etc., essential for the program.
2. Grant Consideration: Candidates are encouraged to seek financial support from various sources, such as government institutions, employers, and funding agencies. If sponsorship is required, we are prepared to provide a letter of support upon request. Grants are available to accepted participants and are awarded based on merit. Priority is granted to participants from regions worldwide affected by ongoing or past conflicts, or to those whose work is associated with heritage-based recovery endeavours in these regions. Grant decisions are made at the discretion of the School Board and the project partners, subject to fund availability.
3. Administrative Fees: A non-refundable administrative fee of 70 Euro is charged upon successful interviews as part of the school fees.
4. Withdrawal Policy: Participants may withdraw from ISSYH19 up to five weeks prior to the start of the event, with the latest date being May 31st, 2024, 23:59 UTC+1. After this period, no refunds will be issued for withdrawals.

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