SIT Study Abroad: Serbia, Bosnia & Kosovo - Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans

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Examine peacebuilding, post-conflict transformation, and the impact of international intervention on state formation, human rights, and transitional justice in the context of Southeast Europe. Work with professional journalists to produce a full-l... read more

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Yes, this program helped me focus on Peace and Conflict Studies and the Balkans region better than I could at my home institution. The independent research project experience was very enjoyable and helpful for my Honors Thesis. - Macalester College View Entire Review
Very worthwhile. Finally got the opportunity to hear personal accounts and opinions of events I had only read about in books. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I had the opportunity to work with some NGOs and governmental organisms, which I could never have had back here. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
The obvious answer would be that it's much easier for me to write research papers. The ISP process is an invaluable experience that I wish for everyone to have, and I have learned that I want to conduct research in the future. But I also gained a lot of confidence outside of the area of academia. I feel much more comfortable ... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile in the sense that I was exposed to an entirely different culture and way of living. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained so much confidence from my semester, and I learned that I was capable of more than I thought I was. I've also come back home with a stronger sense of what I want to do with my life, and my ISP made me incredibly excited for life after college. I definitely think my semester abroad was worthwhile, even if it was a diffic... - Fordham University View Entire Review
I just applied for a teaching assistanship program in Macedonia because I want to go back to the Balkans soon! - Grinnell College View Entire Review
I want to return to the Balkans, and I'm sure that I will. That changes my future plans, since I hadn't been sure before if I'd want to live abroad. I think I do want to spend some years in Belgrade now that I've been there. - Tufts University View Entire Review
Past Review
It definitely was... the most important thing for me on this trip was the gaining on self-confidence. Wellesley is a tough school: all the women are extremely smart and talented, and sometimes I feel like I am in an intellectual bubble. This program definitely popped that bubble for me and helped me really push myself in the f... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Overall, I had mixed feelings about the semester. As parts of the overall experience ranged from amazing, insightful, and inspiring, to stifling, irrelevant, and narrow minded, it's safe to say it was a real roller-coaster ride. The Balkans are an incredible place full of every kind of person imaginable, awe-inspiring sights, an... - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
This experience was "worthwhile" in terms of being able to immerse myself - as much as is possible given Western, Asian, upper middle class identities - in local cultures. I'm glad to know more about this part of the world, and to know more about myself. I've grown more resilient and less dependent on institutions to support me. - Carleton College View Entire Review
Living independently, adjusting to new cultural environments, greater insight into the history and politics of the region - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It is nearly impossible to write in this box what I learned from this experience so quickly after it has ended, but I will say that it is certainly worthwhile. If you want a fulfilling study abroad experience both academically and socially/culturally, I would highly recommend choosing an SIT program (especially the Balkans!) - Berea College View Entire Review
I fell in love with an amazing part of the world, that is extremely misunderstood in the United States. I got to meet amazing people, and make contacts that I can rely on forever. I came away so confident in what I could do academically and my ability to join this world after I graduate. I've made a lot of decisions about what I... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Yes, i gained a much greater understanding of the region and what i want to do in my studies - Austin College View Entire Review
Absolutely. I learned so much more by living in Serbia and traveling to Kosovo, Bosnia, and Croatia than I could have in any course or book. Having the opportunity to design and conduct my own research project was also invaluable. I learned how challenging and rewarding fieldwork can be and was able to create original research o... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
An adventurous student who is willing to see an unfamiliar world and learn for it. - Carleton College View Entire Review


Examine peacebuilding, post-conflict transformation, and the impact of international intervention on state formation, human rights, and transitional justice in the context of Southeast Europe. Work with professional journalists to produce a full-length print or broadcast feature story on a topic related to the program's theme.

The program explores 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. You can choose between two different tracks for your independent study: you may either conduct field research and produce a substantial academic paper or work with professional journalists to research and produce a full-length print or broadcast feature story on a topic related to the theme of the program.

Major topics of study include:

- 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
- A comparative look at history, conflict, and post-conflict transformation in Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo with focus on state-building and peacebuilding processes
- A comparative look at international intervention and state building in the Balkans prior to the conflict in the 1990s and current international interventions in Syria and Ukraine

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • European Studies
  • International Relations
  • History
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SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad awards need-based scholarships and grants. We do not offer merit-based awards at this time. Average awards range between $500 and $5,000 for our semester programs, and between $500 and $3,000 for our summer programs. Our scholarships and grants are available to all students accepted into an SIT Study Abroad program irrespective of citizenship, national origin, or home school. We do not require a separate scholarship application for each scholarship fund; eligible students will be evaluated for all funds for which they are eligible. Please note: SIT Study Abroad scholarships and grants are only applicable to tuition and room/board fees billed by SIT Study Abroad. We do not award scholarships or grants to cover any other expenses, including, but not limited to, immunizations, visa fees, books, or study abroad fees charged by your home school. If your home school has an established billing agreement with us, it is your responsibility to communicate with your home school as to how your SIT scholarship or grant will be passed on to you by your home school. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

April 1 for summer programs – extended to June 1 for summer 2020 May 15 for fall programs — extended to June 1 for fall 2020 November 1 for spring programs

The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application. After ticking the scholarship box in the program application, please complete the following steps: Provide us with the name and email address of a financial aid officer at your home school. Electronically sign and date the FERPA release included as part of the application process. The financial aid officer at your school will be emailed a link to a secure web form where s/he will provide information about your financial aid at your home school