The International Student Week in Belgrade (ISWiB) is a student festival which has traditionally been held every year since 2006 in the city of Belgrade, Serbia. The Festival is open for students from all over the world. Every year, ISWiB gathers over 200 young people, including participants, moderators and volunteers. The idea of the festival is to bind young people through work in several different workshops created so that every workshop covers a significant field of the society we live in . Through workshops, close communication and cooperation, interactive lectures and various open activities, students will be able to gain new knowledge and exchange ideas. They will also have an opportunity to establish professional contacts with eminent professors and professionals from different sectors and develop and create new projects by themselves.
The Festival has traditionally been organized by association World Youth Wave.
World Youth Wave (Serbian:“Svetski omladinski talas”) is a youth organization, founded in 2005 by a group of students and young professionals in Serbia. The idea behind the foundation was to give a chance to young people to represent their ideas, beliefs and convictions, and also to connect students on a global level, through different cultural and educational projects. One of the main goals is to strenghten youth sector, not just in Serbia, but also on international level, by promoting projects and supporting and sharing ideas that include young people in general. Communication improvement between young people in the country, region and worldwide; setting grounds for long-term organizational cooperation; promoting cultural dialogue and fight against prejudices, racism and xenophobia – those are just some of the main aims of the World Youth Wave.
A short ISWiB history
The association World Youth Wave has so far successfully organized nine ISWiBs. Every ISWiB had its own theme and story:
ISWiB is a meeting platform for young people with different cultural backgrounds. It is a place where young people get to know each other, establish new friendships and discuss various topics, from different points of view.
Our goal is to establish international cooperation and contacts by creating a healthy working environment and enabling stronger bonds among domestic and foreign students. By promoting the idea of the “citizen of Europe” and “citizen of the World”, we insist on embracing intercultural and European values and bringing them to a global level of mutual respect and understanding.