SIT Study Abroad: Bolivia - Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change

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Explore how concepts of community well-being and cultural identity are being creatively redefined in Bolivia, a country with 36 ethnic groups and the first indigenous president in South America.This program studies cultural identity and the concep... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.9
Based on 11 Reviews
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My semester with SIT Bolivia opened up the world before my eyes. It has changed the course of my life and quadrupled the possibilities I can imagine for myself. - Williams College View Entire Review
How to overcome the challenges of being abroad/speaking a different language made me much more confident in my life in the US. Also my Spanish ability improved a lot. - University of Vermont View Entire Review
My Spanish improved immensely and I learned a lot about social issues in Bolivia. - Colgate University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about decolonization, neoliberalism, and indigenous reality and cosmovisión. Also, the program does a great job of challenging western perspectives. - University of San Francisco View Entire Review
I learned a lot about non-Western perspectives, colonization/decolonization, neoliberalism, cosmovision and other indigenous outlooks on life. - Columbia University View Entire Review
I can have casual conversations in Spanish with ease and I feel so much more confident in myself. Trust me, this program will throw challenges at you (especially when you go off for a month to do your independent research project), but it'll be so worth it. - University of Iowa View Entire Review
Lots of friendships and lots of personal growth in terms of my plans for my future and my new approaches to the rest of my undergraduate career. - Skidmore College View Entire Review
I learend a lot about my own privileges. I also learned a lot about interactions between foreigners and locals. It was SO WORTHWHILE, it's hard to begin describing. - Trinity University View Entire Review
The trip was utterly worthwhile. I improved my language abilities, gained confidence and loved the entire experience - Harvard University View Entire Review
Lots of friends, a new perspective on American influence abroad, a deep interest in the War on Drugs and its affects abroad, appreciation for Andean culture and concepts, and a deep understanding of the current Bolivian government and its policies. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
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It was totally worthwhile. I learned about an amazing country and a really unique group of people. How much I love my own country and a better way of life. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization & Social Change
I learned that even though we may have good intentions to help another country, doesn't mean we are not causing more harm than good. It was definitely worthwhile! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Learned a lot about the country, met wonderful people on my program, improved my spanish - Brandeis University View Entire Review
My Spanish skills definitely improved, I gained more cultural competency in addition to gaining confidence in traveling in new areas by myself. I also learned new skills for conducting ethical research abroad The experiences I had in Bolivia and what I learned from them would not have happened anywhere else. - Northwestern University View Entire Review
Understanding of Indigenous perspectives - University of San Francisco View Entire Review
I learned how to think of colonialism and neo-colonialism in a new perspective, I learned a basic level of Quechua, and I made very deep friendships with Bolivians and my fellow classmates. It was very challenging but incredible. - Columbia University View Entire Review
I loved every second of it. I learned so much about Bolivia, America, and who I am as student as well as a foreigner in another country. I have never learned so much in such a short time span. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Past Review Indispensable
i learned so much about myself, about bolivia, and about what i want to do in the future. - Columbia University View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
I learned so much about myself, my place in the world as a US citizen and helped develop my academic interests in Latin America, indigenous culture and immigration. - Carnegie Mellon University View Entire Review
I gained independent research skills, language skills, independence, new friends, and an incredible host family. - Macalester College View Entire Review
Amazing experience - Tufts University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Bolivia - Multiculturalism, Globalization & Social Change
I learned so much about the social movements and social issues, both past and present, that are both unique to Bolivia's complex and interesting history and also can apply to many of the global issues we face today. I gained confidence in my ability to speak another language, navigate an unfamiliar place by myself, tackle challe... - Denison University View Entire Review
Before this program, I considered myself a well-traveled and fairly conscientious person. By participating in this program, my eyes were opened again and again, sometimes not so gently, to the complexities and subtleties of social dynamics, cultural norms, and the ways of the world we live in. It is the structure and location of... - University of Denver View Entire Review
Learned a lot about Bolivia. Learned a lot about how differently people can see the world. Got a better perspective on what the US appears like internationally. Spanish skills are much better. Learned to be more independent. Worthwhile for sure. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile. This program and my time in Bolivia truly did change me for the better as corny as that sounds. I feel so connected to the country and have so many Bolivian friends that I care for so deeply. I learned so much about Bolivia, South America, Spanish language, and myself. 100% worthwhile - a part of my he... - Brandeis University View Entire Review

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Explore how concepts of community well-being and cultural identity are being creatively redefined in Bolivia, a country with 36 ethnic groups and the first indigenous president in South America.

This program studies cultural identity and the concept of community well-being in Bolivia. On this program, you will inquire into the social and psychological impact of globalization on Bolivian communities in Andean and Amazonian regions, asking why some communities seem to be depressed, downtrodden, and at risk, while others find resilience and reaffirmation in their families, social networks, creative outlets, traditions, and other resources

Major topics of study include:

- Bolivia’s complex history and current realities
- Systems of knowledge and indigenous cosmovisión
- Themes of community well-being (“vivir bien”) and resilience
- Globalization and Bolivia’s contemporary sociopolitical struggles

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
Language Requirement(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Latin American Studies
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Sociology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad awards need-based scholarships and grants. We do not offer merit-based awards at this time. Average awards range between $500 and $5,000 for our semester programs, and between $500 and $3,000 for our summer programs. Our scholarships and grants are available to all students accepted into an SIT Study Abroad program irrespective of citizenship, national origin, or home school. We do not require a separate scholarship application for each scholarship fund; eligible students will be evaluated for all funds for which they are eligible. Please note: SIT Study Abroad scholarships and grants are only applicable to tuition and room/board fees billed by SIT Study Abroad. We do not award scholarships or grants to cover any other expenses, including, but not limited to, immunizations, visa fees, books, or study abroad fees charged by your home school. If your home school has an established billing agreement with us, it is your responsibility to communicate with your home school as to how your SIT scholarship or grant will be passed on to you by your home school. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs – extended to June 1 for summer 2020 May 15 for fall programs — extended to June 1 for fall 2020 November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application. After ticking the scholarship box in the program application, please complete the following steps: Provide us with the name and email address of a financial aid officer at your home school. Electronically sign and date the FERPA release included as part of the application process. The financial aid officer at your school will be emailed a link to a secure web form where s/he will provide information about your financial aid at your home school

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