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  • Locations: Belgrade, Serbia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: Goucher applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/28/2017 10/18/2017 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Semester GPA minimum: 2.5
Class Standing: 2.Sophomore, 3.Junior, 4.Senior
Program Description:
 

Location

Belgrade, Serbia, with excursions to Kosovo and Bosnia

Program Overview

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 betweentwo 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
  • For students on the Independent Study Project in Journalism track, contribute to Reporting Balkans. Cover the scenes, people, and issues of this challenging region while being mentored by seasoned reporters.

Eligibility

  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 and 102 Session
  • Have the required GPA and prerequisite courses for the program. The minimum cumulative GPA for this program is 2.5.
  • Students must have completed three semesters of college before studying abroad. Goucher cannot guarantee that any sophomore will be accepted by the host institution.
  • Declare a major in order to study abroad for a semester
  • Students cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of application
  • There is a limit of five spaces available on SIT programs per semester. Please meet with the OIS advisor to determine eligibility.

Applications

Students must complete the advising portion of the application by September 16 after attending an Abroad 101 and Abroad 102 session. When prompted by the OIS advisor students must next complete the online Goucher study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Events and Deadlines Calendar for the most up-to-date information.

Students must be approved by Goucher OIS before applying to SIT.  Final acceptance is granted by SIT.   


General Program Dates

Fall Semester: Early September to Mid December
Spring Semester: Early February to Mid May

Do not purchase airline tickets until you receive confirmation of acceptance from the program and verificaiton of arrival and departure details.


Academics

The interdisciplinary coursework in the Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans program focuses on post-conflict and post-socialist transformation in the Balkans since the 1990s. Students examine changes in areas such as 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. Students also take a language course in Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian. During the final month of the semester, students leverage their field study experience and research skills to complete an Independent Study Project (ISP) or an Independent Study Project in Journalism (ISPJ).


Credit and Grade Translations

Goucher will transfer grades and credits as reported on the SIT transcript.  Grades will be recorded on the Goucher transcript and factor into the GPA.


Academic Policies

  • Grades count toward a Goucher GPA

  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis

  • Students must take a minimum of 12 credits and maximum of 18 credits

  • All students must participate in a 1 credit Study Abroad Immersion Course while studying abroad. Details will be provided at predeparture orientation.

  • Students on Goucher programs will receive Goucher grades and credits for all approved courses taken while abroad


Language Skills and Language of Instruction

Serbian language course; all other coursework offered in English


Program Costs

Budget Sheet

Since Goucher students are fully enrolled at Goucher and receive Goucher credit while abroad, they pay regular Goucher tuition for any Goucher semester abroad program. This payment is regardless of the cost advertised and is charged by the program itself. Students pay the non-academic costs (i.e. room and board) in part or in full to Goucher or directly to the study abroad organization or overseas institution depending on the program. Estimated additional costs that a student may incur in attending these programs are listed on the Budget Expense Worksheet for each program. You can utilize institutional and federal aid for a Goucher semester program.


Financial Aid/Scholarships

Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for semester programs sponsored by Goucher College; however; you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program.  In addition, all students are eligible to apply for Goucher OIS scholarships and can apply during the program application process.

For information on OIS and outside scholarships please visit the OIS scholarship/financial aid section.


Payment

A $500 deposit is due upon application. Study abroad program costs are billed through your Goucher student account and are due at the same time as regular semester fees.  Please refer to the Budget Expense Worksheet for details for this program.

Students must pay the SIT application fee when applying to SIT.


Cancellation

The $500 deposit paid upon application is applied to the student’s account and becomes non-refundable when accepted by Goucher College and the host program. If you are not accepted into a program, your deposit will be refunded.

If for any reason, a student withdraws from a Goucher semester after the deposit deadline, he or she will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances or other circumstances beyond the control of the college, a semester Goucher program is cancelled, either prior to departure or during the course of the program, the student will not be guaranteed a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, program fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. In most cases, the college forwards program fees to vendors in foreign countries, making it very difficult to recover such fees due to a program cancellation. In such cases, the college will make a good-faith effort to recover such fees and to return any portion of fees that it may recover that may be attributable to a student’s participation in the program. However, the college makes no guarantees regarding the recovery of fees and is not liable for any fees that it is unable to recover.


Housing

You will live with a host family in Belgrade for seven weeks. If you will be undertaking an Independent Study Project in Belgrade, you may extend your homestay by four weeks. A homestay may be arranged in other ISP locations, as well.

During the homestay in Belgrade, you will live with local families and may meet your hosts’ extended families in other parts of Serbia. Some homestay families have always lived in Belgrade while others have relocated to the city from other parts of the former Yugoslavia. Living with a host family greatly contributes to your understanding of the realities and challenges facing the Balkans today and provides an excellent opportunity to improve your language skills.

Other accommodations during the program could include guest houses or small hotels.


Will I have a meal plan?

Meals are provided by host families and SIT and are included in the program cost. 


Location

The program is based in Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, the country’s cultural, political, and economic center, with vestiges of the former socialist state and post-communist Europe. Capital of the former Yugoslavia, Belgrade remains the largest metropolitan city in southeast Europe and is home to numerous activist groups and human rights organizations. A vibrant and dynamic city, Belgrade is very important to the study of post-conflict transformation in the Balkans.

While in Belgrade, students will live with host families and attend classes at the Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK), Singidunum University. Students will have the chance to explore the city's cultural centers, museums, and, markets while uncovering the city's socialist past. 

The program has extended excursions to Bosnia and Kosovo. Students experience Bosnia’s capital, Sarajevo — a city famous for its beautiful architecture and religious and cultural diversity — and Prishtina, Kosovo’s capital — a unique city with a prominent Ottoman, US, and Turkish presence.

Students can do their ISP project in any of the three countries.

Orientations

A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.   Students will participate in online orientation material prior to the mandatory group orientation prior to leaving Goucher for the semester prior to studying abroad.  Dates will be provided upon study abroad acceptance.


Additional Information and Links

Passport, Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs.  Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program.  Passports take time to process and need to be valid for six months after your return to the U.S.  Check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Please see the U S State Department section on passports


Health and Safety


You will be required to submit health forms signed by a health care provider prior to studying abroad.  Forms will be supplied when you are accepted. Please read the Health and Safety section of the Goucher OIS website for information regarding Health and Safety, Disability Support, Diversity Abroad, Safety and Security, and Insurance: 

Study Abroad Insurance

All students participating on Semester, Year or ICA Goucher programs will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan tailored to meet the needs of study abroad students. Goucher will pay for this insurance for every student on Goucher semester programs, and Goucher ICAs. The insurance carrier is ACE American Insurance Company.
Prior to the start of the program abroad, OIS staff will register students for the insurance program. Students will receive information about how to use the health insurance policy from the Office of International Studies prior to departure for study abroad.

Students with Disabilities

Goucher encourages all students who meet our eligibility requirements to consider studying abroad.  OIS will work with you regarding any special needs you may have.  However, we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate all of your needs or interests.  More information can be found on the OIS Disabilities Support section of the website. 

Student Identity

Research the fact sheet for your location of interest on the U.S. State Department website for information on LGBTI rights, women travelers, safety and security, religious, and accessibility/mobility laws and information.

On the CIA World Factbook website, look for your host country’s page and research the “People and Society” section, where you can find the breakdown by ethnic group, religion, and race.

Refer to Goucher OIS section on Student Identity for additional resources for student identity. 


 

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


Major Topics of StudyBelgrade

  • The “making and breaking” of Yugoslavia
  • Peace and conflict: theory and practice in the Balkans
  • Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo in the 1990s and beyond: international sanctions, the NATO bombing, Milosevic, and Dayton
  • A comparative look at history, conflict, and post-conflict transformation in Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo
  • 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

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

Program Structure

There is no "typical day"on an SIT program. Activities may take place on any day of the week and at any time of day to be in accordance with according to local norms and to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Thus, the schedule and structure of the program are likely very different from what students are used to on their home campuses. The semester progresses in phases:

  • The program begins with a thorough orientation.
  • During the first two and a half months of the program, students are engaged in foundational coursework, including:
    • thematic seminars, including education excursions,
    • language instruction focused on improving practical communication skills, and
    • a field research methods and ethics course that prepares students to conduct independent research.
  • For the last month of the program, students conduct an Independent Study Project (ISP) on an approved topic of their choosing. 
  • Finally, students present their project, participate in program evaluations, and prepare to return home.

What Makes SIT Unique

  • SIT Study Abroad offers a field-based, experiential approach to learning.
  • Each program has a small group of students (typically 10–35). 
  • On an SIT program, students gain high levels of access to many different stakeholders and experts relevant to the issues the program is examining. 
  • While some learning will be conducted at the SIT program center, extensive learning is done outside the classroom — in host communities, field stations, NGO headquarters, ecological sites, health clinics, and art studios.
  • Many students go on to use their Independent Study Projects as a basis for senior theses on their home campuses. Others use their undergraduate research and overall study abroad experience to successfully apply for fellowships such as Fulbrights and Watsons.