SIT Study Abroad: IHP - Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning and Politics (Fall 2)

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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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April 15, 2019 What A Time
I think I just got to apply everything I would normally learn in a class to real life structures and systems that I got to interact with while I was abroad - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Empathy, curiosity, the importance of asking questions continually but putting the care for others above everything else. Never ever think or assume you know something, just keep inquiring about it. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It's tough to put this in a box... I learned so much. Very worthwhile. I learned from people impacted by urban issues and mixed that experience with academia, which is a really powerful combination. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned so much from the people I met throughout this semester. Every minute was worthwhile. I learned a lot from each of my classes about urban studies, local and global politics, planning trends, etc., but even more so about how the decisions that are made in high-level offices can and do impact the lived experiences of peop... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Multiple - IHP: Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning, and Politics (Fall 2)
It was extremely worthwhile, though I wouldn't repeat the experience. I have intentions on returning some of the places I had the privilege of visiting. I worked on developing a personal philosophy of patience and "everyone has a story." - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Most definitely worthwhile. Changed my career path and overall outlook. - Cornell University View Entire Review
It's given me perspective. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
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I was learning all the time from people and places i never thought possible. - Barnard College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile and I don't regret it, I just wish I was aware of the time commitment my program was going to be. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to better defend my beliefs as well as how to understand and empathize with others. I gained amazing friendships and experiences I wouldn't have gotten otherwise. However I'm not sure if I would do this program again if I do it all over again. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained new perspectives on life and a greater awareness of my surroundings and how social and political issues are deeply rooted in choices made in the past. I also gained a sense of maturity, independence, and a voice. - 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 2)
It was amazing. I learned so much about myself and about other cultures. I learned about the biases and privileges I carry with me as an American. - Davidson College View Entire Review
I learned that study abroad trip isn't about partying and glorified travel. Other programs focus on 'local culture integration' through free time and a lack of academic rigor, but entirely miss the value of experiential learning with guidance and academic intensity. Provided program opportunities were far greater than those whic... - Ithaca College View Entire Review
ABSOLUTELY. - Barnard College View Entire Review
It was so worth it! It is really hard to put exactly into words what I gained. IHP has a philosophy of 360 degree learning- meaning that every moment and experience contributes to your new knowledge of a place. This idea- of understanding how to learn from everything around you, and to think critically about your surroundings, i... - 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):
  • Public Administration
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Urban Studies
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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