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Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian (BCS) are mutually intelligible South Slavic languages spoken in Southeastern Europe, namely in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, and Serbia. There are approximately 21 million speakers of BCS, which is taught as one course at UT because the grammar and vocabulary is largely shared. One important difference is that Croatian and Bosnian use the Latin alphabet while Serbian uses the Cyrillic alphabet (similar to the Russian alphabet). Knowledge of Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian would enable you to access the diverse culture and rich history of Southeastern Europe/Western Balkans. This region produced great writers such as Ivo Andric, a Nobel Prize laureate, great scientists such as Nikola Tesla, and famous movie directors such as Emir Kusturica.

Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian is offered through UT’s Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at the first- and second-year levels, with conference courses available for advanced study. UT students can minor in BCS or major in Russian, East European or Eurasian Studies. The Center for Russia, East European and Eurasian Studies and the Center for European Studies offer funding for the study of BCS at UT or abroad.

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) at UT offers competitive scholarships for undergraduates and graduate students from any department of college to fund study of BCS here at UT or abroad. 

Students with prior knowledge of BCS who are looking to continue studying BSC or trying to receive credit may contact the instructor, Dr. Vladislav Beronja, or UT Testing Services for information on placement or credit.