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Peru

Peru: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization

Explore how indigenous peoples in Peru are adapting and innovating to ensure the preservation of their cultural values and to shape their own future in the face of globalization...

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Ecuador

Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation

Explore tropical ecosystems and the complexities of conservation efforts in Ecuador, one of the world’s most biodiverse countries. This program looks at the entomology,...

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Argentina: Transnationalism & Comparative Development in SA

Examine the social and economic development strategies of South America’s Southern Cone countries — Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. In this comparative...

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Chile: Comparative Education and Social Change

Study educational policies and pedagogies in Chile and Argentina, exploring the relationship between education, society, and diversity in both countries. This...

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Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems and Biodiversity Conservation

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...

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Bolivia

Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization and Social Change

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....

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Argentina

Argentina: Public Health in Urban Environments

Examine the challenges surrounding public health policy and inequities, as well as issues related to urban epidemiology in Buenos Aires. This program provides students...

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Ecuador

Ecuador: Development, Politics, and Languages

Study the relationship between power and language in Ecuador as the country’s multilingual and multiethnic populations strive for social change. This program analyzes...

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Argentina

Argentina: Social Movements and Human Rights

Study Argentina’s social movements and the country’s historical and current struggles to guarantee human rights for its diverse populations. Located in the vibrant...

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Nicaragua: Youth Culture, Literacy, and Media

Explore Nicaragua a generation after the revolution and investigate how young people in Nicaragua and Cuba are creatively advocating for change. In this program, students...

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South Africa

South Africa: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

Explore issues of multiculturalism, ethnicity, and identity in the context of South Africa, from historical and contemporary perspectives. This program focuses on South...

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Chile

Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine

Gain unique insight into healthcare policies, politics, and delivery as well as traditional medicinal practices in Chilean communities. This program examines intercultural...

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Netherlands: Perspectives on Sexuality & Gender

Acquire an intersectional understanding of the complexities and paradoxes that surround issues of gender and sexuality in the Netherlands — commonly believed to be one

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Chile

Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice and Community Development

Explore Chile’s recent political and social history and discover how Chileans are working to reconcile with the past and create a more equitable and culturally inclusive...

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SIT Study Abroad Reviews

Overall Rating

6 / 10

  • Academics

    5

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    2

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Community

    N/A

Disorganized, but built for the independent

Overall, I felt the academic director was a bit disorganized. I did not feel he understood the students' needs and concerns, and therefor could not successfully address them. I did not like how all of the courses were taught by guest lecturers. It felt all over the place and I did not feel I took cohesive courses. However, I appreciated the access the program gave me to the major health organizations in Geneva. My favorite part of the program was the ISP. I loved being able to independently research my topic of interest-- the reason why I went on the program to begin with. Switzerland is an expensive country, but the stipend can cover your costs for food if you are paying attention to where your money is going.

Program: Switzerland: Global Health and Development Policy

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Amazing semester abroad; 10/10 would recommend

I had a wonderful experience through SIT's study abroad program in Buenos Aires. The experiential learning component of SIT is especially notable, as it provides a wonderful way to apply what we have learned in the classroom, meet locals, and explore surrounding areas. During this program we travelled to Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil where we got to interact with a lot of local organizations as well as explore the cities.
I also really enjoyed the challenge of taking our classes in Spanish. All of our professors and program directors were very accommodating to all levels of Spanish, and they were available for help when needed. We were placed into a beginner, intermediate or advanced Spanish class based on a written and oral entrance exam. These classes were a great time to really focus on what we as a small group specifically wanted to improve upon. Thus, the agenda was flexible and I think students felt more comfortable in this setting with speaking and asking questions since you are placed with students at the same level of Spanish.
Overall, I had a really wonderful experience. I loved the classes, the city, my host family, the things to do in Buenos Aires, and the trips and activities we got to participate in through the program. I would highly recommend this program!

Program: Argentina: Transnationalism & Comparative Development in SA

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Wonderful program with great opportunities

This program provided many opportunities that would never have been possible alone. We were able to meet people and go to places that aren't accessible to your typical tourist, making the program feel very worthwhile. Another wonderful aspect of the program was that it was clearly worth the cost. There was never a moment where anyone wondered where all the tuition money had gone; it was visibly being spent on our experiences and and our time abroad.
The host families were the absolute best part of my time abroad. Each family was carefully chosen and a lot of time and energy went into pairing up students with the best fit.

Program: Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    6

  • Community

    10

A++++ field-based experience!

SIT Ecuador: Development, Politics, and Languages could not have been a better experience. I applied to the program on a whim following the advice of my study abroad advisor and it could not have been a more perfect fit, and the hands-on, field-based experience we had was once in a lifetime. From city life in Quito to the coast of Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands, all the way to the Amazon, we had the unique opportunity of being able to learn first-hand Ecuador's most pressing socio-political issues from those directly involved in grassroots organizations and those affected by the ever-shifting political climate. Fabian, the academic director, is the most knowledgeable and passionate teacher I have ever had in my life. He and Sofia (the assistant director) were a constant support structure throughout the entire process and were always ready, willing, and able to lend an ear, a hand, or whatever you might need. I was able to immerse myself in Ecuadorian culture through my homestays and consequently improved my Spanish dramatically. The ISP was an incredible experience; I was able to prove to myself that I can, do, and will belong in academia, an aspect I have been doubting myself for a long time. The opportunity to engage in field-based primary research at that level with the level of support that we had is something incredibly unique. The best part of the program is that you can really mold it to your academic interests- whether you're passionate the environment, human migration, linguistics, gay rights, etc. etc., you can make the program what you want it to be!

Program: Ecuador: Development, Politics, and Languages

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Community

    10

Great friends, great nature, and great food

This program is an incredible opportunity for students studying ecology or environmental science! I had had great experiences traveling throughout Ecuador, learning local ecology, and making new friends. The classes, and especially the independent research project, made me more qualified for ecology research positions. Taking classes in Spanish and living with a host family has made me much more confident in Spanish classes at my home university. I loved living with my host family, and I'll never forget all of the local traditions and foods they introduced me to. The program directors and host families are so proud of their country, and it's easy to see why! This was an incredible experience and I would recommend it to anyone interested in ecology and conservation.

Program: Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation

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