SIT Study Abroad: IHP - Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning and Politics (Fall 1)

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Explore how geography, politics, economics, and culture shape social relations and the built environment -- and with what consequences -- in cities across the globe.This program combines an innovative urban studies curriculum with fieldwork involv... read more

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I learned a lot about activism and co-ops, and it was not worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: IHP - Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning and Politics (Fall 1)
I gained a deeper understanding and empathy for humanity that I would of never been able to learn in a classroom stateside. For that I thank IHP and will be forever thankful for the opportunity to study abroad with them. - Berea College View Entire Review
My program had a field-based learning focus, which I greatly appreciated. It taught me to observe, comment, and question my everyday surroundings in daily life. This will be forever valuable to me. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Multiple - IHP: Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning, and Politics (Fall 1)
In this type of program, you learn so much not only about the countries, cities, people and their challenges, but also about yourself. I learned that I am capable of so much more than I could have ever estimated had I stayed in the US. It would be impossible to enumerate the skills and information which I learned with IHP, a f... - University of Richmond View Entire Review
Independence. How to integrate academic and critical thought in everyday situations. How to navigate complicated group dynamics with brilliant but verydifferent students. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
The program helped mold me to approach new situations with curiosity and an open mind, and helped me develop a toolkit for critically examining and comparing urban contexts globally. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I look at cities in an entirely different way now--as living, breathing entities waiting to be discovered and unraveled. I came away from this program challenging my own beliefs and holding the statements of others to a higher standard. I found a community of smart, interesting, and intense people, some of whom I now consider tr... - Tufts University View Entire Review
Past Review Ihp Was Great
It was phenomenal. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
February 23, 2018 A Semester Abroad
I learned a lot about each country that I visited. It was worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to ask better questions, think very critically, and seek better answers. I became more flexible, more resilient, and more open-minded. IHP taught me so much about four different urban environments but also showed me how little I know and made me excited to go out into the world, pursue my passions, and learn more. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
How to be an independent traveler, how to work with others efficiently YES - Barnard College View Entire Review
I actually did learn a lot about myself. Honestly, stuff I learned in the classroom was just a bonus, most of it was traveling around, getting to know the cities, having fun, hanging out with friends, learning about these 31 strangers I now had as friends. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile to learn in a different way. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
the amount of self-confidence, curiosity and independence I gained this semester was immense. I highly recommend this program. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile. It was different and it was challenging and it wholly changed me. - Wellesley College View Entire Review

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Explore how geography, politics, economics, and culture shape social relations and the built environment -- and with what consequences -- in cities across the globe.

This program combines an innovative urban studies curriculum with fieldwork involving key actors and stakeholders — public agencies, planners, elected officials, NGOs, and grassroots organizations. You will spend time in four cities across the globe to better understand the interconnected social, physical, economic, environmental, and political systems affecting urban environments. In addition, you will complete an independent comparative research project on a topic of your choosing.

Key Questions:

- Though human needs may be similar around the globe, why does a city's ability to satisfy those needs vary?
- How do people create a sense of place, of community, of urban identity?
- What historical and sociocultural contexts frame the opportunities, constraints, and uncertainties of urban life?
- What must be done — and by whom — to move toward ecologically sustainable cities?
- What are the opportunities for political action by individuals, community organizations, social movements, and local governments to shape city life?

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • International Relations
  • Public Administration
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Urban Studies
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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