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.

“My experience in Belgrade was wonderful, and would not have been the same without my host family helping me integrate into the culture and lifestyle. The program also provides some opportunities to get to know the students in Belgrade, which really helped us branch out of our own circle and make friends with the locals. The Western Balkans is not a typical place that US students go to study, which made my experience that much more reliant on integrating into the culture and going outside my comfort zone. The excursions to Bosnia and Kosovo were also great, and really helped to round out what we had been learning in class". - Sarah E. ‘17

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