YES Serbia Course 2012

Deadline: Early registration 10 March 2012, Application deadline 10 April 2012
Open to: Upper level undergraduate (3d year minimum) and graduate (Masters and PhD) students, as well as young professionals from all regions, the private, public and NGO sector
Costs:  CHF 400.- for students from non-OECD countries (including all Eastern Europe & Balkan countries), CHF 900.- for students from OECD countries, CHF 1300.- for young professional (studies terminated/working)
Venue: Kostunici & Novi Sad, Serbia, from 29 June – 16 July (18 days)


ACTIS, in collaboration with the Alliance for Global Sustainability (a university partnership between the ETH Zürich, MIT Boston, University of Tokyo and Chalmers University), the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences (SATW) and the Environmental Engineering Group from Serbia, is pleased to announce the opening of the applications for the 2012 Youth Encounter on Sustainability (YES) course in Serbia.

The YES course aims to sensitize participants to the complex issues of sustainable development in a global context, through course work, field trips, workshops, group work, and discussions in a practical, international learning experience, combined with social and cultural activities. The course brings together an inspiring group  of upper level students and young professionals from different disciplines, cultures and nationalities to learn together in a unique environment. The program builds on 10 years of experience successfully running YES in 10 different countries. ACTIS is an ETH spin-off organization created specifically to expand the YES program and related activities.


The seminar location is situated some 2.5 h from Belgrade International airport in a very remote, but beautiful mountain region of South Serbia, close to the City of GORNI MILANOVAC (40’000 inhabitants). In the middle of the dispersed settlement of the community of KOSTUNICI, surrounded by 30 ha free hilly land with sports and recreation areas and a spectacular view over valleys and mountains, you will be accommodated in simple, but well amended block and chalet type wooden houses. Numerous smaller and bigger seminar and recreation rooms (indoor and outdoor), a big open restaurant space, and other facilities are at full disposal. The site is operated by the cooperation of the villagers who take care for excellent local food, and help for exploring the area and arranging local side visits and activities.

For the last 4 days you will be transfered to the Province of Vojvodina in the low lands of the country with its famous old province capital of Novi Sad. About 30 km outside of this 2nd biggest town of the country you will be accommodated in a modern governmental center in the middle of the beautiful national park of Fruska Gora Mountains, with very comfortable seminar, outdoor and rooming facilities.


  • CHF 400.- for students from non-OECD countries (including all Eastern Europe & Balkan countries)
  • CHF 900.- for students from OECD countries
  • CHF 1300.- for young professional (studies terminated / working)

Early registration before March 10th will benefit  a 10% discount.

The heavily subsidized fee covers all services from the arrival to the departure, including full board accommodation.


The YES Serbia basic course with the focus on “Democracy, Privatization and Common Goods” is designed for upper level undergraduate (3d year minimum) and graduate (Masters and PhD) students, as well as young professionals from all regions, the private, public and NGO sector. Participants from any country and any field of study should demonstrate a high dedication to sustainability. The full program will be conducted in English and applicants must demonstrate a working proficiency in the language. Participants should not be below 22 and above 33 years of age.


To apply for the YES course SERBIA, complete the separate application form and return it via email with the requested attachments to:

Dr. Roger Baud:[email protected]

Please enclose the following supporting documents along with your application form:

  1. Your CV / Resume (max. 3 pages)
  2. A short statement of motivation to attend the course (max. 400 words)
  3. A letter of recommendation from your organization or from a professor.

For more information please read the following Brochure.

The Official Website

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