JRNL 270: Human Rights Interviewing Project with Roma People

3 Credits

Students from Communication, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology will be recruited to apply their journalism skills learned in the spring semester course, JRNL 270, to interview and identify barriers to human rights and stories of triumph expressed by Roma people living in Macedonia. The project supports initiatives for improvement in the area of inclusion of Roma/migrant children and in the area of volunteering by targeting different stakeholders, including policy makers. Students participating in the project will research the background of the treatment of Roma people in Europe and Macedonia, specifically; learn qualitative interviewing techniques; develop interview guidelines in conjunction with our partner NGO and university partners; and explore the rich history of Northern Macedonia.

Faculty Leader: Dr. Sarah Keller
Dates: May 1-15, 2022 (Dates Subject to Change)
Cost: $1,650 (Estimated – subject to change)
Financial Aid may apply for eligible students


  • Accommodation
  • Some Meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Entrances Fees
  • Health Insurance
  • Application Fee

Not Included:

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Miscellaneous Expenses and Some Meals



Students who enroll in this trip have the opportunity to also be selected to serve as the program's Student Ambassador. Program Student Ambassadors will receive a $1,000 stipend for their work before, during and after the trip. If interested in this opportunity, please contact the faculty leader after you have applied and have enrolled in the course. 

To Get Started

Step 1: The preferred application deadline is January 17, 2022. The Final application deadline is February 1, 2022. Positions are limited, so please apply early to get preference. Download the application (link below) and turn it into the Office of International Studies, Liberal Arts Building, Suite 700, along with your receipt of the $150 application fee and the $500 deposit, both of which are included in the overall price.

Step 2: Register for the spring course: JRNL 270: Human Rights Interviewing Project with Roma

Step 3: Be interviewed and accepted into the faculty-led program

Step 4: Make payment arrangements with the Business Office to complete the program payments (final payment deadline varies)

Step 5: Finalize any outstanding documentation for study abroad

Step 6: Purchase round-trip airfare to Skopje, Macedonia – coordinate with faculty leader and other students

Step 7: Participate in mandatory Outbound Orientation

Step 8: Enjoy this life-changing experience!


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This program was funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of State.  The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.