Post-Conflict Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, understanding development of democracy Past Review

By (History And Political Science, Austin College) for

SIT Study Abroad: Belgrade, Budapest, and Vienna - Comparative European Perspectives on Conflict and Democracy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, i gained a much greater understanding of the region and what i want to do in my studies

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

It was at the same level as a American grading system for all the students in the program, we had some different teaching methods than in the states, had more discussion based class, at times the work load is more than the usual workload i had in America.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program


* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The region in general is very safe, the region is only unsafe on certain days like major football(soccer) matches

* Food:

I have a food allergy to nuts and i had no major problems i just could not eat most of the sweets

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

going to shows and meeting people, and club meetings like debate club at the univserity of mostar

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

No problems at all

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I don't know just lower than the average in American because currently the prices are low
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Just budget money for yourself and you'll be fine i had to buy a new pair of shoes but since i had planed possibly buying a new pair i was okay


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 201 latin
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I practiced the language with my Host family, and people on the street, you can find peopel that speak English but it is easier if you can speak a little bit of the local language.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hostel
  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The independent Study Project
  • The classes and guest lecturers
  • Field visits to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo
* What could be improved?
  • Talking a little bit more on Croatian aspect of the Break-up
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I think it would benefit any student that is interested in any topic in the field, you will become a stronger student and understand you current limits and how to improve them during the independent study project