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SIT Study Abroad Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans
Belgrade, Serbia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 02/04/2019 05/19/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Program Provider:
SIT - School for International Training
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Program Term(s):
Semester only
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Minimum Class Standing:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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Minimum GPA:
2.75
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Prerequisites:
No
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Previous Language Study Req?:
No
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Language of Instruction:
English
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Language courses offered:
Serbian
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Housing Options:
Guest House, Homestay, Hostel/Hotel
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Areas of Study:
Anthropology, Communication, Culture, Economics, European Studies, Gender Studies, History, Independent Study, International Relations, International Studies, Journalism, Media Studies, Minority Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Political Science, Social Policy & Administration, Sociology, Women's Studies
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Additional Program Options:
Field Study, Internship, Journalistic Project, Research Project
Program Description:
Program Description:

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Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans

Examine peacebuilding, post-conflict transformation, and the impact of international intervention on state building, human rights, and transitional justice in the Balkans.

Program Highlights

  • Discover Belgrade, Serbia’s cultural, political, and economic center.
  • Choose between three tracks: independent field research, internship, or journalism.
  • Compare post-war change in three countries.
  • Examine the breakup of Yugoslavia, the violent wars of the 1990s, and current challenges and opportunities in post-conflict transformation.
  • Contribute to Reporting Balkans, the program’s online magazine.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Independent Study

During the final four weeks of the program, you can choose to use your new language and cultural skills and the academic knowledge you have acquired to complete an Independent Study Project (ISP) on a topic of interest to you.

Sample topics:

  • Impact of international intervention on the peace process
  • Transitional justice and education for peace after conflict
  • Bosnian 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 and LGBTQI activism in Serbia and/or Bosnia-Herzegovina

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.

Sample internship sites:

  • 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

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 Agreement
  • History, conflict, and post-conflict transformation in Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo
  • International intervention and state building in the Balkans and independence movements across Europe
  • Democratization processes, EU enlargement, media pluralism, and media freedom

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

All educational costs, including educational excursions

  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance

Scholarships:

  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

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IMPORTANT APPLICATION DEADLINE INFORMATION:

SIT programs may be competitive and fill before the application deadline date.

If you are planning to study abroad with SIT in the fall, it is in your best interest to apply for Gustavus approval AS EARLY AS YOU CAN, and well prior to the March 1 deadline, and some SIT programs may be full by then.

SIT Application Opening Dates:
    * January 15 for fall and summer programs
    * April 15 for spring programs.
Applications received prior to the opening date will be reviewed after the opening date has passed. Information on application status will not be available until after the opening date for the term under review. Students, advisors, or faculty are welcome to check on application status after the opening date.

SIT Fall Semester Closing Dates:
    * May 1: For Brazil, Kenya, and Tanzania
    * May 15: For all other programs

SIT Spring Semester Closing Dates:
    * November 1 for all programs

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