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

Language of Instruction: English, Serbian
Term: Spring, Fall

Field-studies program for students interested in peace and conflict studies in the Balkans

The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2021
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The SIT program in the Balkans is a field-study program which benefits from exceptional access to nongovernmental organizations and social change networks while enabling students to witness the ongoing transformation of Balkan societies. 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. . Though the coursework will be in English, students will have an opportunity to learn beginning Croatian, Serbian and Bosnian.

Academic Program

Students will be enrolled in four courses during the semester. Past courses have included:

  • The Breakup of Yugoslavia and the Wars of the 1990s
  • Peace and Conflict Studies in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzogovina and Kosovo
  • Research Methods and Ethics
  • Serbian

During the final month of the program, students will complete an independent research project.

Program Features

Students explore and experience aspects of Balkan society ranging from the women's movement to peace-building through lectures and seminars in the dynamic Croatian capital of Zagreb and field excursions to Slovenia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Because SIT believes that students learn best through experience, students will partake in a variety of educational excursions to places such as Bosnia-Herzegovina and Eastern Slavonia among others.

Because of the mobility of the program, students will live with a host family in Belgrade for seven weeks. During the rest of the program students will be accommodated in guest houses and/or small hotels.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

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Language of Instruction:
Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 1, 2021