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Varieties of Serbo-Croatian are spoken in four republics of the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia). Accordingly, these countries refer to the language by different names: Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian. Whatever it’s called, this language is spoken by more than sixteen million native speakers in the Balkan Peninsula. The native language of Nikola Tesla and Novak Djokovic (the legendary tennis champion), Serbo-Croatian is spoken in a fascinating cultural sphere of imperial and religious encounters. It will be useful in employment in government and the private sector.


Tomislav Longinovic,

Language Conversation Table 

First Wednesday of the month, 5-6:30 pm
Lakeview Lounge, Memorial Union
Contact Dijana Mitrović,

Study Abroad 

You can study Serbo-Croatian in Croatia. Contact International Academic Programs for more information.

Student Organizations 

Serbian Club; browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information.


Consider an internship where you can use Serbo-Croatian, either in the US or abroad. An internship in any field can complement your language study and can provide valuable professional experience.