SIT Study Abroad: IHP - Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning and Politics

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Explore issues of urbanization, and social and spatial justice in four cities within the global economy. Witness how citizens live, work, and organize to advance more just urban environments.Through the prism of social justice, examine how four gl... read more

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I feel as though I have learned a lot through the experience and that it was definitely worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
The most valuable thing I gained from my experience abroad was a tangible shift in my worldview and, more importantly, the analytical tools (and friends/mentors) with which to continue to engage in these new perceptions back home. - Yale University View Entire Review
I was able to compare large issues through small experiences. I learned Wolof, which they speak in Senegal and have been able to use this many times in other parts of the world when I meet Senegalese vendors. I learned the importance of informal and formal settings. I learned to question everything. I learned to let people speak... - Providence College View Entire Review
Without a doubt. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
a big emphatic yes. - Barnard College View Entire Review
February 18, 2023 A Family Of 17!
I learned a whole new discipline, gained long life friends, and had my eyes opened to whole new ways of being. It was an indispensable life experience. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Social skills, confidence, adaptability, acceptance. It was probably one of the best decisions I've made in my life so far. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
SO much. The comparative aspect helped me to learn a lot about myself and the US. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yes, but because the people made it so. The program has a lot of potential and will hopefully improve upon its weaknesses, but know that you will ultimate create your own experience on IHP. - Barnard College View Entire Review
Past Review Urban Blow Out
I went into the program being most interested about one thing (urban planning) and left knowing that I have to do something completely different (community organizing and youth work). This experience helped me to understand what it was about Urban Studies that truly interested me--and it was the people side of the coin, not the ... - Hamline University View Entire Review


Explore issues of urbanization, and social and spatial justice in four cities within the global economy. Witness how citizens live, work, and organize to advance more just urban environments.

Through the prism of social justice, examine how four global cities—New York, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, and Cape Town—work and operate within the global economy. This program takes a holistic and interdisciplinary view of critical urban issues, drawing not only from urban studies coursework but also student field-based observations, guided excursions, guest lectures, and homestay experiences. Meet with thought leaders and academics, public agencies, planners, elected officials, non-profits, and grassroots movements to see how urban citizens organize to envision, build, and create more just cities. Along the way, you will focus on fieldwork methods, practice, and ethics while completing an independent comparative project on a topic of your choice.

By immersing yourself in four truly international cities undergoing rapid change, compare how politics, economics, culture, and local history and geography interact with global forces to shape urban social relations, institutions, and the built environment in unique ways and with particular challenges.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies
  • Sociology and Anthropology
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