The Republic of Serbia is located in southeastern Europe on the central part of the Balkan Peninsula. Serbia has a mild climate with cold winters and hot summers. Temperatures can drop to -10 degrees Celsius in the winter and reach up to 40 degrees Celsius during the summer.
Kragujevac is the administrative, academic, and economic center of Central Serbia, with a population of 200,000. The city is right in between the two major airports (the large international airport in Belgrade, and Nis airport which works mostly with low-cost companies) to which it is well connected via freeway. Kragujevac has good public transportation and inexpensive taxis ($3 per a 3 mile ride), and is very easy to navigate on foot. The network of roads allows for easy access to all parts of the country. With 6 parks of various sizes, and the Sumarice Park alone covering close to a thousand acres (roughly the size of New York’s Central Park) and including 7 kilometers of ring roads, a lake, an adventure park, a museum, and monuments commemorating WWII, Kragujevac is a great place to enjoy the outdoors. As the old Serbian capital, the city’s cultural history boasts the first Serbian Parliament, first Serbian university, first high-school, first theater, and first factories. Most inhabitants have a high regard for English and speak it fairly fluently, and are very friendly and curious to communicate with foreigners. Night life is active, restaurants plentiful, traditional or modern, and affordable. The city is safe, with a low crime rate; it is welcoming, offering an authentic experience of Serbia’s various cultural layers (Ottoman, dissenting, communist, capitalist).
Host Institution: Faculty of Philology and Arts, University of Kragujevac
Kragujevac began its university life in 1838, with the founding of Licej, the first higher education institution in Serbia. It is one of eight state-owned universities in Serbia, and the only university in Kragujevac. Internationally well-regarded (RankPro 557, Shanghai 401 – 500), with 12 faculties (more than 100 study programs, 20,000 students, 1200 academic staff) and excellent research potential (118 research units, European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research award), the University of Kragujevac is the key higher education institution in central Serbia (catering to around 2 million inhabitants).
- The Fellow will develop and teach language skills courses for senior (third and fourth year) undergraduate students in the areas of speaking, presentation skills, and writing using experiential approaches, with critical thinking skills and American cultural, civic (including socio-political), and educational components incorporated.
- The Fellow will contribute to regular curriculum and syllabus updates, and to forming development strategies (reformed curricula, two-pillar study programs).
- The Fellow will be involved in creating and executing workshops focused on English for Academic Purposes, targeting MA and PhD students, as well as researchers and teaching staff of the University of Kragujevac.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Schedule presentations/seminars at the American Corners in Serbia to give workshops on topics including American life and culture, language teaching methodology, and higher education
in the U.S.
- Offer weekly programming at the American Corner Kragujevac, and at least once a month travel to conduct additional programming at one of seven other American Corners throughout Serbia
- Develop and maintain a productive relationship with the English Language Teachers ‘ Association of Serbia (ELTA), particularly in their implementation of the English Access Microscholarship Program
- Have 3 workshops per academic semester with the students/lecturers of the Faculty of Education in Jagodina (approx. one hour away), a constituent school of the University of Kragujevac.