SIT Study Abroad
SIT Study Abroad Programs
Examine the social and economic development strategies of South America’s Southern Cone countries — Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. In this comparative...
Study tropical ecology in one of the world’s most ecologically diverse countries, and explore the critical environmental and social issues affecting its conservation. This...
Examine the vast human and environmental challenges confronting northeast Brazil, and learn about social justice initiatives in the fascinating city of Fortaleza. This...
Stretching from the tropical Amazon to the soaring Andes, Bolivia's diverse landscapes and populations offer amazing contrasts--as well as significant challenges to development....
Explore the dynamic socioeconomic, political, and cultural processes of South Africa, an extraordinarily diverse country in transition. Similar to other countries around...
Explore the effects of human mobility on local communities, global politics, and transnational economies. This program examines the factors driving internal and international...
SIT Study Abroad Reviews
Everything I wanted and more
Submitted by Alex Bare - University of Iowa | March 12, 2017
This is the perfect program if you want to have an absolutly unique experience unlike your friends who will go to Spain or Italy. The best component is the individual research opportunity—this is great if you're looking for research experience or are curious in investigating literally anything related to Bolivia. Not only is Bolivia a unique choice, but the freedom to choose where and what kind of research project is refreshing.
Immersion or prison?
Submitted by Pomseed - Los Angeles | March 01, 2017
My daughter did this program and was pretty miserable. She loved Prague, liked the people she lived with but that was it. As a parent, I've never dealt with a more unprofessional, unhelpful group of people as the SIT folks. They talk immersion but it's really more like complete control over the students and their day to day lives. Any travel is strictly forbidden and if your student steps out of line, they are in for some real psychological abuse. I was actually thinking of calling the American Embassy over there and have them check in on the students at one point. Studying abroad should be FUN, it should be an experience for a lifetime but you will not get that with SIT.
The right type of program
Submitted by Edgar J Payano - Sewanee The University of the South | February 21, 2017
I am an Anthropology major and the focus on indigenous peoples and globalization created a fruitful and intriguing experience. By using these two ideas as our focal points, it was possible to fully immerse ourselves into the indigenous perspective on Peruvian history. Every seminar class had a special theme and these were complemented by the numerous experts brought in to teach each class. Each visiting professor would offer insights on their specific field of expertise. The faculty at SIT Cusco create an academic and caring environment. Not only did they help us on excursions and classes, I felt comfortable enough to share my doubts and concerns. They want what is best for you and your immersion into Cusco. The range of excursions allow for academic and personal development. Personally, I enjoy getting to know a smaller group of people so the amount of students for this program allowed me to shine. Lastly, I was able to accomplish something on my bucket list: living with host families. Your main family is in Cusco but on the longer excursions and during your Independent Study Project (ISP), I was able to cultivate special moments with those families as well. Your families often guide you in discovering fun activities around the city.
SIT Bolivia fall 2016
Submitted by Jacquelyn Kovarik - Columbia University | February 19, 2017
Overall the SIT Bolivia program is amazing. You learn so much about yourself, about Bolivia, and about what you want to devote yourself to in the future. The academics are stimulating, and the excursions we do as a program are complemented nicely by the academic work. The independent study project is also such an amazing experience, in which you get to go out to anywhere in Bolivia and study anything you wish! The host family system on this program is also hands down amazing. It is a program rule that host families must have at least 1 child that is our age, so you get really close with your host siblings and with their bolivian friends too!! In general, I definitely recommend this program.
Here are some pros and cons:
pros: Cochabamba is an amaaaazing city; the way they run the host families is awesome and everyone adores their families ; the cocha night life scene is so clutch; in general the academics are very stimulating and interesting/the excursions clearly fit into the academic arc if that makes sense; the way the ISP is run (with emphasis on reciprocity) is superb
cons: the academic director Heidi is not bolivian (she is a wonderful human and there are certainly a lot of pros about her, but i personally prefer having a director who is native); relatedly, there is wayyyy too much English spoken on the program; the way the language portion of the program is run is pretty dumb in my opinion (but can be useful depending on your specific situation); in general the program is super chaotic and you never really have a regular schedule lol ; there are weeks in which you have an intense amount of class time, especially if you are taking spanish grammar
Ecology in Ecuador
Submitted by Sophie Wolbert - Scripps College | February 19, 2017
This program was perfect for me--as someone who is very interested in ecological and conservation science, Ecuador was the ideal place to be. Ecuador has a variety of different ecosystems, including tropical rainforest, mountain highlands, cloud forests, and the Galapagos, all of which I got to visit on this program. A few of my highlights were: swimming with penguins and sea lions in the Galapagos, birdwatching on a canopy-level platform in the Amazon rainforest, and seeing a jaguar from our boat along the Napo river. My favorite part about the program itself was definitely the experiential learning style that was emphasized. We had lectures from renowned scientists in Quito (our home base) which were balanced out and enhanced by our in-the-field lectures, where we could learn about all the plants and animals that we were actually seeing in their natural habitat. If you're someone who loves being outside and learning about the nature around you, this program will be a good fit.