Examine peacebuilding, post-conflict transformation, and the impact of international intervention on state formation, human rights, and transitional justice in the Balkans.
The program is based in Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, the country’s cultural, political, and economic center, with vestiges of the former socialist state and post-communist Europe. Capital of the former Yugoslavia, Belgrade remains the largest metropolitan city in southeast Europe and is home to numerous activist groups and human rights organizations. A vibrant and dynamic city, Belgrade is very important to the study of post-conflict transformation in the Balkans. While in Belgrade, you will live with a host family and attend classes at the Faculty of Media and Communications at Singidunum University. You will have the chance to explore the city’s cultural centers, museums, and markets while uncovering its socialist past.
Choose between three tracks: independent field research, internship, or journalism.
On the journalism track, under the mentorship of professional journalists and photojournalists, you’ll research and produce a full-length print or broadcast feature that will be considered for publication in a media outlet. The internship will allow you to gain work experience and professional and intercultural skills at a Balkan organization. The independent research option lets you delve into an issue affecting the region. Past students have leveraged their research to get fellowships or have developed it in graduate studies.
Participate in an optional community volunteer project.
During the independent study period, you may wish to pursue a community volunteer experience that allows you to take a more active role in the issue you are researching. You will assume an assorted set of responsibilities according to your skills, interests, and needs. Opportunities are varied. Sample community volunteer experience sites include the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Belgrade, the Dah Theatre in Belgrade, Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Sarajevo, and the Centre for Protection and Assistance to Asylum Seekers in Belgrade.
Compare post-war change in three countries.
Spend extensive time in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo as well as the program’s base in Serbia. You will experience Bosnia’s capital, Sarajevo—a city famous for its beautiful architecture and religious and cultural diversity—and Prishtina, Kosovo’s capital—a unique city with a prominent Ottoman, US, and Turkish presence. This will give you a comparative look at the processes of post-conflict transformation in three different countries. You will engage with academics from institutions such as the University of Belgrade and Singidunum University’s Faculty of Media and Communications in Serbia, the University of Prishtina in Kosovo, and the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina. You’ll meet with representatives from leading NGOs in the Balkans such as the Youth Initiative for Human Rights, the Humanitarian Law Center, Levizja FOL, and the International Commission on Missing Persons and with local independent media outlets such as Balkan Insight, Kosovo 2.0, and others. The program also provides a comparative look at ongoing international interventions in Syria and Ukraine. You can do your independent project or internship in any of the three countries.
Examine the breakup of Yugoslavia, the violent wars of the 1990s, and current challenges and opportunities in post-conflict transformation.
Visit groups working to make the transition from conflict to new state, and hear diverse perspectives on the challenges they face.
Contribute to Reporting Balkans, the program’s online magazine.
Cover the scenes, people, and issues of this region while being mentored by seasoned reporters. You may write articles, engage in social media, post news of the day, or work as a photo editor. This experience will be a great résumé builder.
Critical Global Issue of Study
Peace | Human Rights | Social Movements
For the journalism track, strong writing skills and an interest in journalism are essential. A writing sample may be required as part of the admissions process.
Key Topics of Study
Key Topics of Study
- The “making and breaking” of Yugoslavia
- Peace and conflict studies: theory and practice in the Balkans
- Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo in the 1990s: international sanctions, the 1999 NATO bombing, the Dayton Agreements
- History, conflict, and post-conflict transformation in Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo
- International intervention and state building in the Balkans prior to the 1990s conflict and current international interventions in Syria and Ukraine
- The democratization process, media pluralism, and media freedom
Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.
The program incorporates extended educational excursions to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, allowing you to witness the effects of international intervention and its aftermath in different settings. You will discover the ongoing efforts of various groups working to make the transition from conflict to new state-building processes and hear diverse perspectives on current realities and challenges.
As a result of the 1995 Dayton Agreement, Bosnia was divided into two political entities: the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Republika Srpska. You will encounter different perspectives of the past and visions for the country’s future.
During this excursion, you will focus on topics such as Islam in Bosnia, the role of memorials and commemorative events in post-conflict transformation, the role of the international community in Bosnia, and EU accession. Additionally, you will be introduced to post-Dayton realities and challenges and visit both Banja Luka and Sarajevo.
During this period, you also may visit Mostar, famous for its ancient bridge reconstructed in 2004, following its destruction in the last war. Alternatively, you may visit the memorial site to victims of Srebrenica. You may also have the chance to visit the University of Banja Luka and meet with local students.
You’ll also enjoy the natural beauty of Bosnia-Herzegovina via a short hike to the Jajce waterfalls.
Kosovo recently declared unilateral independence, unrecognized by Serbia. During this excursion, you will visit Kosovo’s capital Prishtina and be exposed to the different realities and points of view regarding the present and future of the frozen conflict in Kosovo. You will witness the change of power relations in Kosovo, critically discuss issues relating to international intervention and the current presence of the international community in Kosovo, and experience firsthand the vibrancy and energy of a newly independent state.
During this excursion, you will be hosted at the gender studies program at the University of Prishtina. Presentations by local organizations may focus on Albanian perspectives in the war in Kosovo, activism for self-determination, the role of memory and myths in the process of state building, and the role of the international community and organizations such as the UN, OSCE, and the current EULEX structures. You may visit the ancient monastery in Visoki Dečani / Deçan, taste the local rakija produced by the monks, and meet with Father Sava Janjic, also known as the cyber monk.
Please note, this excursion could be modified or cancelled, should the political situation in Kosovo, as assessed by SIT, merit a change in plans.
The interdisciplinary coursework focuses on post-conflict and post-socialist transformation in the Balkans since the 1990s. Students examine changes in areas such as politics, civil society, identity, and social memory studies through participation in a variety of research and cultural activities, classroom discussions, and interactions with academics, activists, and host families. Students also take a language course in Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian. During the final month of the semester, students leverage their field study experience and research skills to complete an Independent Study Project, Independent Study Project in Journalism, or internship.
The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term. The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.
- The Breakup of Yugoslavia and the Wars of the 1990s – syllabus
- (PEAC3000 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
- With the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, changes in Europe raised hopes for social change and a better future. As Eastern Europe entered its post-communist transition to democracy and open markets, socialist Yugoslavia began descending toward its dissolution. The breakup of Yugoslavia and the escalation of violent conflicts and wars in the region was a process that lasted for a number of years. This course will provide students with the historical context and background to the breakup of Yugoslavia. It will introduce students to the first kingdom of Yugoslavs, followed by the creation of the Socialist Federalist Republic of Yugoslavia after World War II. The course will discuss the debates among scholars on the reasons for the breakup of the country and will introduce students to a framework for understanding the conflicts of the 1990s, the rise of ethno-nationalism, and the transition from socialism that overlapped with processes of war and conflict. The course will also introduce students to the theoretical frameworks to study the breakup of Yugoslavia and the new successor states that were created during its dissolution.
- Peace and Conflict Studies in Serbia, Bosina-Herzegovina, and Kosovo – syllabus
- (PEAC3005 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
- After 1991, as Yugoslavia began to disintegrate, new states emerged alongside one another, each with its own, new political structures; each faced a different set of challenges and realities. This course will focus on some of these changes and challenges in three of the successor states: Serbia, Kosovo, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In each of these cases, the course will examine the transition in the 1990s as related to the wars followed by an analysis of the post-Yugoslav post-war challenges. Throughout each of the case studies, students will focus on the following three main lenses of investigation: memory studies; conflict transformation/transitional justice; and international intervention.
- Serbian I – syllabus
- (SERB1000 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
- Serbian II – syllabus
- (SERB2000 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
- Serbian III – syllabus
- (SERB3000 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
- Emphasis on speaking and comprehension skills through classroom and field instruction. Students are also introduced to the Cyrillic script. Students are placed in beginning or intermediate classes based on in-country evaluation, including oral proficiency testing.
Choose to take either Research Methods and Ethics and Independent Study Project OR Field Ethics of Journalism in Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo and Independent Study Project in Journalism (ISPJ)
- Research Methods and Ethics – syllabus
- (ANTH3500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
- The Research Methods seminar provides theoretical, conceptual, and practical tools for conducting field research in the Balkans. In particular, the course provides the means to identify and carry out an independent four-week, field-based research topic. Emphasis is placed on grappling with methodological and ethical challenges in learning and researching issues related to peace studies and conflict studies in this part of the world. The seminar prepares students to record, interpret, and analyze information from primary sources developing students' awareness of cultural differences and their own positionality.
- Independent Study Project – syllabus
- (ISPR3000 / 4 credits / 120 hours)
- The Independent Study Project is conducted in an approved location appropriate to the project in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, or Kosovo. Sample topic areas: feminist approaches to dealing with the past in post-Milosevic Serbia; Islam in Bosnia-Herzegovina; language, religion, and politics in the Republika Srpska; young Serbian writers and the politics of representation; Islamic identity of Albanians in Kosovo; Roma narratives of continuous discrimination and perspectives on identity, marginalization, and assimilation in Serbia; the influence of displacement on the identities of Sarajevo's young returnees. During the ISP period, students may have the opportunity to pursue a community volunteer experience that allows them to take a more active role in the issues they are researching. Possible volunteer sites include the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) or the Dah Theatre in Belgrade, the Center for Peacebuilding in Sanski Most, and Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Serbia, Kosovo, or Bosnia-Herzegovina.
- Field Ethics of Journalism in Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo – syllabus
- (JOUR3500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
- This course provides students with the necessary background in journalism ethics ' both conceptual and experiential ' to prepare them for the production of a major feature story in Serbia, Bosnia, and/or Kosovo. In addition to two introductory modules on the context of fieldwork in the Balkans and the role of positionality and representation in a post-conflict environment, the course includes a module on a) journalism ethics; b) an overview of laws affecting the practice of journalism in Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo and the legal milieu in which journalists in the Balkans practice; and c) the story pitch. Students learn how to produce a professional story pitch with the highest standards of journalism ethics on an important issue in the Balkans. This becomes the subject of the student's Independent Study Project in Journalism (ISPJ).
- Independent Study Project in Journalism (ISPJ) – syllabus
- (ISPJ3000 / 4 credits / 120 hours)
- The Independent Study Project in Journalism is conducted in an approved location appropriate to the project in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, or Kosovo. Students execute a full-length feature (in the media format of their choosing), which will be considered for publication or broadcast in a US media outlet. Students have the rare opportunity to work alongside journalists affiliated with Round Earth Media, whose bylined pieces regularly appear in media outlets around the world. Round Earth Media professionals provide hands-on advice and mentoring at every stage of story development, sharing expertise gathered from years in challenging global reporting situations. During the ISP/ISPJ period, students may have the opportunity to pursue a community volunteer experience that allows them to take a more active role in the issues they are researching. Possible community volunteer experience 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 Peacebuilding in Sanski Most. These opportunities are varied. Students assume an assorted set of responsibilities according to their skills and interests and the needs of the organization.
SIT Balkans Journalism Track
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff
Orli Fridman, PhD, Academic Director
Orli received her PhD at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University (2006). She holds a BA in political science and Middle Eastern studies from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MA in history of the Middle East from Tel Aviv University. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the internal dynamics of societies in conflict, the role of social memory studies in teaching and researching post-conflict transformation, and critical approaches to encounters of groups in conflict, with a focus on Serb-Albanian relations in Kosovo.
Orli has been involved in political education for the past 20 years. She was trained as a facilitator for groups in conflict and facilitated group encounters from Israel/Palestine, Cyprus, and the successor states of the former Yugoslavia. She teaches conflict studies at the Faculty of Media and Communications, where she heads the Center for Comparative Conflict Studies, an educational organization dedicated to the comparative analysis of societies in conflict, working primarily within the context of the conflicts in Palestine/Israel and the former republics of Yugoslavia.
Nenad Porobic, MSEE, Program Coordinator
Nenad assists Orli in administering the program, accompanies students on excursions, and is a source of support during the program’s Belgrade stay. He was born in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. He later lived in Zadar, Croatia, and Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, two cities he had to flee due to the wars of 1991–92. He lived in Belgrade, Serbia, until 1995, when he left to avoid the military draft by participating in an exchange program with World Learning. He spent a decade in the United States obtaining both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas. Nenad returned to Belgrade in 2006 to work with the Center for Nonviolent Action, a regional peacebuilding organization. His interests are political activism, demilitarization, dealing with the past, and filmmaking. He is a member of the working group “Four Faces of Omarska,” a research, production, and performance group. He is pursuing an MA in politics and conflict studies at the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade.
Mirjana Kosic, MA, Academic Assistant
Mirjana studied English at the Faculty of Humanities in Banja Luka and received her MA at the University of Bologna, where she researched the dynamics of discourse and the importance of preventive diplomacy. Since 2009, she has lectured to SIT students on the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Dayton Peace Agreement, and the role of the international community in post-war reconstruction. Mirjana has been an academic assistant for SIT Balkans since 2012. Her work in conflict transformation stems from her professional engagement with several organizations and institutions. She is co-founder and executive director of TransConflict Serbia, established in 2008 in response to the challenges of intra- and inter-ethnic relations in the Western Balkans, and she is Insight on Conflict’s local correspondent for the Western Balkans. Mirjana is fluent in English and Italian. In her free time, she translates for various outlets (including TED) and publications.
Aleksandar Skundric, Program Assistant
Aleksandar was born in Belgrade, Serbia. Since 2004, he has worked on projects and attended trainings with human rights and minority rights organizations from Serbia and abroad. In 2007, he did a fellowship program in New York with the United Nations Population Fund. In 2010, he worked with a team on a research proposal, “Gender Equality and Culture of the Citizens Status: Historical and Theoretical Foundations in Serbia” for the Faculty of Political Science, Belgrade. Aleksandar has been a program assistant with SIT Balkans since 2013.
Milica Vukovic, MA, Language Instructor
Milica holds an MA in comparative literature from University College London and an MA and BA in Serbian language and literature from the University of Belgrade. Prior to joining the SIT program, she taught Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian/Montenegrin to adults and children in London and Bedford, UK. Her academic interests include second language acquisition, bilingualism, and code-switching.
Jelena Nikolic, MA, Homestay Coordinator
Jelena Nikolic holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and media and a master’s degree in conflict studies, both from the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade, Singidunum University. She returned to Belgrade in 2008 after spending nine years in Greece. Jelena has taught and translated Greek since 2013. Her primary interests are conflict studies and dealing with the past.
Katarina Subasic, MA, ISPJ Course Instructor
Katarina is a reporter/editor covering the Balkans for local and international media since the 1980s. She joined Agence France-Presse in 1998, covering the war in Kosovo and the fall of Slobodan Milosevic as well as post-conflict recovery. In 1999, Katarina won a Freedom Forum Journalist-in-Residence Fellowship at New York University. There, she joined the Committee to Protect Journalists, collecting data on reporters in trouble with Serbian authorities. Katarina holds an MA from Singidunum University in Belgrade. Her thesis examined the accountability of journalists in conflicts from Nuremberg to Rwanda and ex-Yugoslavia.
Lejla Mamut, MA, Local Coordinator, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lejla was born in Macedonia and moved to Sarajevo in 2006. She is a conflict-related sexual violence coordinator at UN Women. She spent five years as a human rights coordinator for TRIAL: Track Impunity Always. Lejla’s experience includes research on casualties and other aspects of the 1992–1995 war and work on transitional justice. She holds an MA in democracy and human rights from the University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna joint program. Her thesis was selected as one of the top five in her class.
Yll Buleshkaj, MA, Local Coordinator, Prishtina, Kosovo
Yll was born in Kosovo. He has a master’s degree from the University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna joint program in democratization and human rights and a BA in political science and public administration from the University of Prishtina. He is pursuing a second master’s at the University of Prishtina. Until recently, he was a program officer at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He has managed projects dealing with political parties, women in politics, parliamentary groups, media development, and legislative reform and has worked for national and international organizations.
Vladimir Petrovic, PhD
Vladimir holds a BA and MPhil in contemporary history from Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy and an MA and PhD from Central European University in Budapest. He was an intern and analyst in the Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor’s Office and in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He lectures in the Legal Department of Central European University and is a researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History in Belgrade. He is interested in the intersection of history and law in historical expert witnessing and in the history of human rights breaches in the former Yugoslavia.
Kurt Bassuener, MA
Kurt is co-founder of the Democratization Policy Council and a policy analyst. He earned his BA in international relations from American University and his MA in European studies from the Central European University in Prague. His thesis advocated an all-volunteer UN peacekeeping division. He was strategy analyst for the Office of the High Representative in Sarajevo from 2005 to 2006. He’s been a political and campaign analyst for the Election Observation Mission in Ukraine, an acting assistant director for the International Rescue Committee, program officer for the US Institute of Peace’s Balkans Initiative, and associate director of the Balkan Action Council.
Jelisaveta Blagojevic, PhD
Jelisaveta received her PhD in gender studies from the University of Novi Sad. She received an MPhil in gender and culture studies from Open University London and a BA in philosophy from Belgrade University. She teaches at the Faculty for Media and Communications, Singidunum University, where she is dean of academic affairs. She has worked at the Belgrade Women’s Studies and Gender Research Center since 2001 and been a visiting lecturer at Belgrade University since 2003. Her research interests include contemporary (political) philosophy, media studies, queer studies, and gender studies.
Vladimir Pavicevic, PhD
Vladimir received his PhD in political science at the University of Belgrade in 2011. He holds an MA from the University of Bonn and a BA in international relations from the University of Belgrade. From 2004 to 2011, Vladimir pursued his postdoctoral education in Austria and the United States. He published several works in political theory, political philosophy, and European studies. Since 2011, he has led the research forum of the European Movement in Serbia.
Afrim Hoti, PhD
Afrim earned his PhD at Hamburg University, his bachelor’s at the Law Faculty of the University of Prishtina, and his master’s in democracy and human rights from the University of Sarajevo/University of Bologna joint program. In 2003, he completed a research study on Kosovo and East Timor. Afrim has lectured at the University of Prishtina since 2004 and been a visiting lecturer elsewhere. He was a board member of the University of Prishtina, a member of its academic senate, and head of the Prishtina International Relations Office. He was also coordinator and director in the Kosovan prime minister’s office.
Dermana Seta, MA
Dermana holds an MA in religious studies from the University of Sarajevo, where she is a doctoral candidate in sociology. She is the head of research at the Center for Research and Education, and of the Human Rights and Freedom of Faith Commission of the Islamic community in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She is also a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies, Sarajevo. She has co-authored books and articles on religion, human rights, and women and is author of Why the Headscarf? Muslim women of B&H speak about their life and work with hijab, 2011.
The homestay is an integral part of the SIT experience. During your homestay, you’ll become a member of a local family, sharing meals with them, joining them for special occasions, talking with them in their language, and experiencing the host country through their eyes. Homestay placements are arranged by a local coordinator who carefully screens and approves each family. Students frequently cite the homestay as the highlight of their program. Read more about SIT homestays.
You will live with a host family in Belgrade for seven weeks. If you pursue an independent project or internship in Belgrade, you can extend your stay by four weeks. A homestay may be arranged in other locations during this period, as well.
In Belgrade, you will live with local families and may meet your hosts’ extended families in other parts of Serbia. Some homestay families have always lived in Belgrade while others have relocated to the city from other parts of the former Yugoslavia. Living with a host family greatly contributes to your understanding of the realities and challenges facing the Balkans today and provides an excellent opportunity to improve your language skills.
Other accommodations during the program could include guest houses or small hotels.
The homestay experience was the cornerstone of the Balkans program.
The homestay experience was the cornerstone of the Balkans program. Every day after classes, I would come home to excited kids, a fresh meal, and a unique and intimate window into the life of my family. Aside from the wonderful relationships I built, the homestay also allowed me to merge my academic and personal life. On a typical day, I would exchange conversations with my Serbian host grandmother through an illustrated children’s dictionary, broaching topics from politics to religion, cooking to house pets. These moments when my family and I struggled together in conversation gave me opportunities I would not have had on another program.
ISP in Journalism
ISP in Journalism
The program’s journalism track gives you the opportunity to identify, research, and execute a full-length feature on a topic of your choosing during the last four weeks of the program. Under the expert guidance of journalists from Round Earth Media, you will learn how to do the following:
- Identify original stories, determining newsworthiness and interest to a global audience
- Research your stories, questioning deeply and staying alert to bias
- Find sources, gain their trust, and conduct interviews in an unfamiliar country and culture
- Organize a story, striving for balance and clarity and avoiding clichés
- Craft accessible, flowing prose along with images and, in some cases, sound
- Respond to an editor’s feedback, check facts, and rework and rewrite
- Report in a manner that adheres to the highest standards of journalism
If you opt for the this track, you will take Field Ethics of Journalism in Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo, a seminar that will prepare you for the production of a major feature story. The specific focus of this seminar is on journalism ethics in Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo; laws affecting the practice of journalism in the Balkans; and the story pitch.
In partnership with professional journalists, you will engage in ongoing reporting assignments in the media format in which you have the most experience—print, video, audio, photography, and/or multimedia. Your feature may ultimately be considered for publication in Balkan media outlets and in US news outlets with which Round Earth Media works. These outlets include The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, National Public Radio, and many more.
Sample story topics:
- LGBTIQ rights as human rights in Serbia
- The refugee crisis in Europe and the Balkan route
- Kosovo-Serbia relations in light of the EU integration process
Independent Study Project
Independent Study Project
You can choose to spend the final four weeks of the program on an Independent Study Project (ISP) in Serbia, Bosnia, or Kosovo. Prior to this period, you will take the Research Methods and Ethics course, through which you will learn a variety of methodologies that will prepare you to undertake primary research on critical issues and topics relating to peace and conflict studies. You will develop research skills and approaches that are used for the Independent Study Project. The specific focus of the course is on the ethical concerns related to conducting research in post-conflict societies.
Building on the foundation of that course as well as the language and thematic courses and with guidance from the academic director and an advisor, you’ll do field research and produce an academic paper. Students frequently use their ISPs as a jumping-off point for more advanced research for their senior thesis, Fulbright and Rhodes scholarship applications, or graduate school work.
Sample ISP topic areas:
- Impact of international intervention on the peace process
- Transitional justice and education for peace after conflict
- Balkan perceptions of the Ukraine-Russia conflict
- Integration of Serbia and Kosovo in the European Union
- Islam in Bosnia-Herzegovina and/or in Kosovo
- Human rights activism in Serbia
- Dealing with the past
- Street art and street activism in Belgrade
- “Yugonostalgia” in Belgrade and Sarajevo
Starting in fall 2017, you can choose to do an internship. SIT internships are hands-on and reflective. In addition to completing the internship, you will submit a paper processing your learning experience on the job and analyzing an issue important to the organization you worked with, and/or you will design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization.
- Working with refugees on the Balkans route at Asylum Protection Center
- Building connections between young people across the Balkans at Youth Initiative for Human Rights
- Supporting journalists in the region through the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network
Recent positions held by alumni of this program include:
- Fulbright scholar examining politics, pedagogies, and perspectives on Kosovo-Serbia exchange programming, Kosovo
- Fulbright scholar teaching English in Serbia
- Global networks program manager at the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, New York, NY
- Senior program assistant at the National Democratic Institute, Washington, DC
Cost and Scholarships
Cost and Scholarships
SIT Study Abroad is committed to making international education accessible to all students. Scholarship awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs and $500 to $3,000 for summer programs. This year, SIT will award more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students.
SIT Pell Grant Match Award. SIT Study Abroad provides matching grants to students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding for the term during which they are studying with SIT. This award can be applied to any SIT program. Qualified students must complete the scholarship portion of their application. View all SIT Study Abroad scholarships.
The tuition fee covers the following program components:
- Cost of all lecturers who provide instruction to students in:
- The breakup of Yugoslavia
- Serbia in the 1990s: international sanctions and the NATO bombing
- Serbia after Milosevic
- Bosnia-Herzegovina after Dayton
- Kosovo: a look from Serbia and from Kosovo
- Peace and conflict: theory and practice in the Balkans
- Research Methods and Ethics and Human Subjects Review
- Intensive language instruction in Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian
- All educational excursions to locations such as Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina, including all related travel costs
- Independent Study Project, Independent Study Project in Journalism, or internship (including a stipend for accommodation and food)
- Health insurance throughout the entire program period
Room & Board: $4,545
The room and board fee covers the following program components:
- All accommodations during the entire program period. This includes during orientation; in the program base (Belgrade); on all excursions; during the Independent Study Project, Independent Study Project in Journalism, or internship; and during the final evaluation period.
- Homestay (seven weeks in Belgrade)
- All meals for the entire program period. Meals are covered by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend, or through the homestay.
Estimated Additional Costs:
International Airfare to Program Launch Site
International airline pricing can vary greatly due to the volatility of airline industry pricing, flight availability, and specific flexibility/restrictions on the type of ticket purchased. Students may choose to take advantage of frequent flyer or other airline awards available to them, which could significantly lower their travel costs.
Visa Expenses: $250
Books & Supplies: $ 70
International Phone: Each student must have a phone in each country. Cost varies according to personal preferences, phone plans, data plans, etc.
Personal expenses during the program vary based on individual spending habits and budgets. While all meals and accommodations are covered in the room and board fee, incidentals and personal transportation costs differ depending on the non-program-related interests and pursuits of each student. To learn more about personal budgeting, we recommend speaking with alumni who participated in a program in your region. See a full list of our alumni contacts. Please note that free time to pursue non-program-related activities is limited.
Please Note: Fees and additional expenses are based on all known circumstances at the time of calculation. Due to the unique nature of our programs and the economics of host countries, SIT reserves the right to change its fees or additional expenses without notice.
Published Student Work
Published Student Work
- Concord Monitor, “Roadblocks to reconciliation”
Leah Willingham, Mount Holyoke College (text and photos)
- Balkan Insight, “Balkan Youth Office Aims to Breach Wartime Divides”
Carolyn Paletta, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (text)
- Balkan Insight, “Changing Belgrade Street Names: A Sign of the Times”
Leah Willingham, Mount Holyoke College (text)
- Belgrade Insight, “Gnezdo Organic: Food with a Conscience”
Anna Squires, Colorado College (text and photos)
Read full text on Reporting Balkans.
- Vice, “Over Olympics and Kosovo, Serbia’s Hands are Bound”
Annie Cheney, Oklahoma Wesleyan College (text)
The original text is published in Serbian. Read the English text on Reporting Balkans.
- Columbia University Journal of Politics & Society, “Becoming History and Contributing to History”
Amanda Lawnicki, Beloit College (text)
Contact A Former Student
Faith received a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Prishtina, Kosovo