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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Ability and confidence: speaking Spanish, being near-totally alone (socially, physically) for long stretches of time. - Tufts University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization & Social Change
So much personal growth occurs while abroad and removed from the friends and family you are used to. Explore as much as possible, talk to as many people as you can, be in the moment. AYNI. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
After my time in Bolivia, I am even more sure that I want to dedicate my life and future career to human rights advocacy. The people here will set you on fire if you listen to their stories and share in their struggles. - Providence College View Entire Review
The program is worthwhile in helping students see beyond themselves and experiencing all that there is to experience in Bolivia. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learnt how to do independent field study research and how to write a full report / paper on it (my ISP was a 42 page research paper in Spanish). So yes, most definitely worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yes, of course it was worthwhile. I gained an increased passion for learning the Spanish language. I gained an understanding of life in that I learned that I cannot and never should stop learning new ways of doing and thinking about things. I gained an appreciation for the amazing hospitality and warmth of the Bolivian people an... - Trinity University View Entire Review


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:


SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad is committed to increasing access to international education and to ensuring you have the information you need to successfully access funding for your study abroad program with us. SIT has awarded an average of over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students in the past three years. We encourage all qualified students to apply for our need-based scholarships. SIT scholarships are not available for online courses or virtual internships. Your scholarship application is created when you select your interest in SIT need-based scholarships when asked in the drop-down section of your SIT Study Abroad program application. Your application is then reviewed separately, on a rolling basis, when complete. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

April 1 for summer programs May 15 for fall programs November 1 for spring programs

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: 1) Once your scholarship application is started, you will be asked to provide SIT with the name and email address of a financial aid counselor at your home institution, or the general email address of your financial aid office. This is very important as it allows SIT to consider any financial aid that may be available from your home institution when reviewing your scholarship application. 2) Add SIT’s school code (008860) to your FAFSA form. 3) Your scholarship application is complete and ready for review when SIT has your FAFSA and the financial aid information from your home institution. Confirm receipt of all required financial aid information with the SIT Study Abroad Scholarship Office ( or 802.258.3503). 4) If you do not receive an award decision notification from SIT before the billing due date, please know that your scholarship application was not complete.