Through SIT Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosova: 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.

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:


Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


September – December, February – May


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)
Intensive Serbian Language (3 credits)
Research Methods and Ethics (3 credits)
Independent Study Project (ISP) (4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SIT credit = 1 Whitman credit


Seven-week homestay in Belgrade.  Students doing an ISP in Belgrade may extend their homestay for 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.


During the Independent Study Project (ISP) period students may have the opportunity to pursue internships that allow them to take a more active role in the issues they are researching.  Sample internship sites include: the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Belgrade, the Dah Theatre in Belgrade, the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Sarajevo, and the Center for Peace-building in Sanski Most.


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