From the September 2016 Desktop News | “Most people can’t point out Serbia on a map, much less tell you about the culture,” said Josh Fuller, the executive director of the Serbia Fellowship Experience and a senior majoring in criminal justice.
But for two weeks each May, undergraduate students at The University of Alabama have the opportunity to close that cultural gap. Through the Serbia Fellowship Experience, an entirely student-led international program which began in 2013, students are able to expand their leadership skills—visiting Serbian parliament, living in local homes, and building bridges between American and Balkan youth.
“It’s really not a study abroad program,” Fuller said. “It’s a learning and leadership experience that is based more on global and cultural understanding than it is on class credit.”
Because the program is invested in giving all students the opportunity to enhance their cultural awareness, the Serbia Fellowship Experience is committed to keeping costs low. In recent years, the two-week excursion has cost only $500 per person.
Participants tour the capitol city, Belgrade, as well as Smederevo in addition to the host city where they live. Students who are interested in international relations, foreign affairs, or public policy are preferred for the program, but a declared major in those subjects is not required.
The program is currently seeking delegates, and any interested students should attend one of the following informational meetings:
Monday, September 12: The Anderson Room 3125, Ferguson Center, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, September 14: The Ferguson Forum Room 3700, Ferguson Center, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, September 20: Ferguson Center Room 3110, 6 p.m.
Thursday, September 22: The Anderson Room 3125, Ferguson Center, 8 p.m.
For this and other study abroad opportunities, visit international.ua.edu.