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

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

Study peacebuilding, post-conflict transformation, and the impact of international intervention

The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2022
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The SIT Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans program benefits from unparalleled 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 and current challenges and opportunities in post-conflict transformation.

Academic Program

You will examine changes in politics, civil society, identity, and social memory studies through participation in a variety of research and cultural activities, classroom discussions, and interactions with academics, activists, and host families. You will enroll in various courses related to the following topics, The Breakup of Yugoslavia and the Wars of the 1990s, Peace and Conflict Studies in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo, Serbian Language, Research Methods and Ethics, and Independent Study Project (ISP).

During the final month of the semester, you will leverage your field study experience and research skills to complete an ISP. The ISP affords you the unique opportunity to apply your learning from the semester to an independent field-based research project supervised by a local adviser.

Program Features

Since SIT believes that students learn best through experience, you will partake in various educational excursions to places like Bosnia-Herzegovina and Eastern Slavonia.

You will live with a host family in Belgrade for seven weeks. Then, during the rest of the program, you will be accommodated in guesthouses and 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: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Admissions Decision Date: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Admissions Decision Date: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022