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SIT: Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo, Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans
Belgrade, Serbia
Program Terms: Fall,
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Program Dates &
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Restrictions: CU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
 Lang. of Instruction:
 Program Type:
Direct Enrollment
 Minimum GPA:
2.5 Housing: Camping, Homestay, Hostel/Hotel
Fields of Instruction: Anthropology, Communication, Cultural Studies, Economics, European studies, Gender Studies, Government (Political Science), History, Independent Study, International Relations, Media Studies, Social Policy, Sociology, War Studies
 Class Rank:
junior, senior, sophomore
Study Abroad Advisor : Ann Hoover
Program Description:
Downtown Belgrade

Gain firsthand knowledge of peacebuilding, reconciliation, and the struggle for human rights in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo

This program engages students interested in peace and conflict studies, history, international relations, and political science with the ongoing efforts of peacebuilding and reconciliation in the Balkans. Students examine the origins of the conflicts in the Balkans, from the breakup of Yugoslavia to the violent wars of the 1990s, as well as current challenges and opportunities in post-conflict transformation. The program provides an excellent case study for examining collective memory, reconciliation, identity, human rights activism, and other topics.

Engage with peace and human rights activists, academics, and local students

Students meet with local scholars, social activists, students, and peacebuilding and human rights groups who share their analysis, activism, and visions of the future. Lecturers are drawn from academic institutions such as the Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK), Singidunum University (Belgrade), University of Belgrade, Islamic Faculty in Sarajevo, the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, and the University of Sarajevo, as well as from local organizations such as the Center for Peacebuilding in Sanski Most (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Serbia.

Experience the effects of conflict on diverse communities in three different countries, including Kosovo after its unilateral declaration of independence

From the program base in the city of Belgrade--Serbia's vibrant capital and cultural and political center--students travel to other cities, towns, and villages in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo. In Kosovo, students witness the different realities and points of view regarding the future of the frozen conflict there. Learn more about the Kosovo and  Bosnia-Herzegovina excursions.

Share daily life with a Serbian family

The program's homestay with a family in Belgrade immerses students in the city's life and a local community. By living with a family, students can improve their language skills and further explore Serbian culture.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2015 09/15/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Later applications are always welcome, but colleges may need time to process your approval.