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

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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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OVERALL RATING 4.8
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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
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

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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):
  • Spring
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Urban Studies
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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