Through SIT: Serbia 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.

Eligibility:

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement)

Language Prerequisite:

None

Credits:

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

Internships:

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.

Housing:

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.

Meals:

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

Calendar:

September – December, February – May

Deadline:

Rolling Admission – students are encouraged to apply early.

Scholarships:

SIT Study Abroad Scholarship

Program Link:

SIT: Serbia Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans