Earn college credit in Serbia and Croatia as you explore peace and post-conflict transformation, European Union policies and politics, youth activism and engagement in peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
Peace, Politics, & Human Rights
Explore Belgrade’s important historical and cultural landmarks, from its days as the capital of Yugoslavia to its current role as the capital of Serbia and the largest city in Southeast Europe, home to activist groups and new social movements. Earn college credit through seminars and workshops about peace and post-conflict transformation and learn about the role of civil society, education, and politics in dealing with the legacies of a difficult past. Witness social justice and environmental activism in Serbia and visit the northern city of Novi Sad. In Croatia, you will visit the capital, Zagreb, and the Adriatic coast to learn about Croatia’s process of change after joining the European Union and the politics of minority rights, history, education, and the role of civil society and youth activism in peacebuilding and social change.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will earn three college credits through The Experiment’s accredited partner institution, School for International Training.
The Experiment’s programs are designed to build skills that will help you succeed. In Serbia and Croatia, you will learn:
This itinerary is only a sample and is subject to change. Because of factors such as group size and availability of in-country offerings such as festivals, your experience — including sites visited and the number of days spent in each location — may differ somewhat from the one presented below.
Orientation in Belgrade
Excursion to Croatia
Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Belgrade
College credit-bearing programs are led by accomplished and experienced faculty approved by the School for International Training (SIT). Faculty of record typically live in the country of study and are responsible for instructional content, classroom and field experiences, and daily program operations. They work in close consultation with SIT’s Dean of Faculty and Experiment staff team and group leaders to craft an engaging, college-level curriculum and design field and internship experiences that match student needs and interests.
Orli is the Academic Director for SIT’s study abroad programs in Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo, as well as the Chair of SIT Graduate Insititute’s MA in Social Justice and Advocacy. She received her PhD at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (2006). She also holds a BA in political science and Middle Eastern studies from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MA in Middle Eastern and African History from Tel Aviv University. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on peace studies and memory studies with emphasis on comparative conflict studies. She has been writing extensively about memory politics and memory activism in Serbia and the successor states of the former Yugoslavia and in the Middle East.
Orli has been involved in political education for the past 20 years. She was trained as a facilitator for groups in conflict and facilitated group encounters for participants from Israel/Palestine, Cyprus, and the successor states of the former Yugoslavia. She teaches in the Politics Department at the Belgrade-based Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK), where she heads the Center for Comparative Conflict Studies (CFCCS), an educational organization dedicated to the comparative analysis of societies in conflict. Her recent publications include “‘Hashtag Memory Activism’: Online Commemorations and Online Memory Activism” in Observing Memories (2019); “Conflict Memory and Memory Activism: Dealing with Contested Pasts” (2020) in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies; “Peace formation from below: The ‘mirëdita, dobardan!’ festival as an alternative to everyday nationalism” (2020) in Nations and Nationalism; “Online Transnational Memory Activism and Commemoration: The Case of the White Armband Day” in Agency in Transnational Memory Politics (2020).
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