Through SIT: Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans program, Whitman students can gain firsthand knowledge of peace-building, conflict transformation, and the struggle for human rights in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo.  The program is based in Serbia, but students take educational excursions to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.

“Being in Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo was deeply meaningful to me both through the relationships I built and the things I learned about history and methods of political engagement in a different, but overlapping, context than the US. It has helped me contextualize the current state of politics in the US, and give me a whole new perspective on imperialism, socialism, race in a non-American setting, and the EU.". - Kyla R. ‘18

Student Blog:

Jacqueline Rees-Mikula | Fall 2014

Fields of study:

Serbian Language and interdisciplinary studies related to peace and conflict studies and the history of the region.


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement)

Language Prerequisite:



16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
The Breakup of Yugoslavia and the War of the 1990s (3 credits)
Peace and Conflict Studies in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo (3 credits)
Serbian Language (3 credits)
Research Methods and Ethics (3 credits)
Independent Study Project (ISP) (4 credits) or Internship and Seminar (4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SIT credit = 1 Whitman credit


Students choose between and ISP and an internship. Sample internships include working with refugees, building connections between young people, and supporting journalists in the region.


Seven-week homestay in Belgrade.  Students doing an ISP or internship in Belgrade may extend their homestay by four weeks.  A homestay can be arranged in other ISP locations as well.  Other accommodations during the program include guesthouses or small hotels.


All meals for the entire program period are covered either by SIT directly, or through a stipend provided to each student, or through the homestay.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


September – December, February – May


Rolling Admission – students are encouraged to apply early.


SIT Study Abroad Scholarship

Program Link:

SIT: Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans