The Bosnian Solution

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Reuters reports that many Turkish students have decided to pursue higher education in Bosnia. Bosnia?

Bosnia, a land marked by hundreds of years of social and economic unrest and puzzling, often bloody, ethnic tensions, is not exactly known as a hotbed of scholarship. But it’s apparently not the scholarship that draws Turkish students in. According to the Reuters article:

Turkey remains a secular state and women are forbidden to wear headscarves at university there.

In Bosnia no such ban exists, and this is among the reasons that young Turks give for making the relatively short journey to study at one of Sarajevo’s three international universities, two of which are Turkish-funded.

Food and finances, close to the hearts of students everywhere, are important to Sarajevo’s Turkish students.

It’s cheap, the food is good, and the women can wear headscarves. I guess there are worse reasons to choose a college. Headscarves are somewhat controversial even at some American schools. [Image via]

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer