SIT Study Abroad/IHP Climate Change: The Politics of Food, Water, and Energy Justice

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Study the social impacts of climate change through the political economy of food, water, and energy in some of the world's most productive and vulnerable landscapesThis program examines the interconnections between the economics, politics, geograp... read more

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This program really taught me perspective. The academics were really interesting, and I learned a lot about climate change, but the main focus was climate justice. We learned that everything is intersectional, and climate change is both a threat and a threat multiplier. This program truly changed the way I look at the issues fac... - Duke University View Entire Review
I think this program is essential to understanding environmental justice outside of the US. I truly think it will guide my career and activism interests. - Brown University View Entire Review
January 10, 2020 A Wonderful, Wild Ride
comfort in unfamiliar situations communication skills ability to live well with others going with the flow learning to get the most out of every experience - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Great!
A lot about climate justice movements and indigenous climate activism. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how to make do with what I have, how to travel respectfully, and how to live with the same group for 4 months straight. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about environmental justice and capitalism, things which I hope will continue to shape my life in the future. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how to independently navigate a city in a language I do not know. I improved communication skills, I am less hesitant to reach out to people I would like to learn from or meet and I am more extraverted. I learned how to connect with people more easily/ readily, how to find commonalities and similar values. I learned ho... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was so worthwhile. I really learned how to be alone as well as how people address climate change issues around the world. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was totally worthwhile. I gained renewed confidence in traveling alone and being flexible. - University of Vermont View Entire Review
My learning mainly came in the form of learning about ways to think about and analyze systems and issues. I think that's a worthwhile thing to learn. - Vassar College View Entire Review
The programming pulled from a vast network of resources to create an immersive learning experience, with guest lecturers, site visits and unparalleled opportunities. It was generally incredibly intentional and well-designed to develop and build our understanding, to encourage critical thinking, and to expose us to important lite... - Johns Hopkins University View Entire Review
lots of freedom and perspective. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
This program completely changed the way I think about climate change and the systems it is embedded within. It provides important analytical frames through which to view the world, and offers an extensive itinerary for field-based learning - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I definitely believe my study abroad experience was worthwhile. When I was initially searching for a program, I knew I wanted to challenge myself and really learn about a topic I am passionate about. I think IHP really enriched my understanding of the world and people and I cannot imagine myself in the future doing something unr... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: International Honors Program / IHP, Climate Change - The Politics of Food, Water, & Energy
Saw three countries in three months (as well as time spent in California at the start of the program) and learned so much about how the world works. The countries we visited each had their own unique perks and we saw and learned a lot. Not the easiest program in the world just in terms of physical, mental and emotional strain,... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A huge amount of information on climate change and issues of environmental justice, agriculture, and inequality. I had my doubts during the program, but it was absolutely worth it by the end. - Middlebury College View Entire Review


Study the social impacts of climate change through the political economy of food, water, and energy in some of the world's most productive and vulnerable landscapes

This program examines the interconnections between the economics, politics, geography, and science of climate change and its effects on human society. You will learn about the varied impacts of climate change — extreme weather, desertification, ocean acidification, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, loss of biodiversity, and dangerous social upheavals — and will be encouraged to think seriously about realistic solutions.

Key Questions:

- How is climate change impacting regions differently? How are people adapting to these changes?
- What are the appropriate roles of government, business, social movements, and individuals in addressing this multifaceted crisis?
- Which technologies and traditional forms of local knowledge can realistically meet humanity’s need for energy in a sustainable way?
- What are the economic interests and institutional arrangements that prevent us from more effectively addressing the climate crisis?

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Food Science, Food Technology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Foods and Nutrition
Minimum GPA:
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SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad awards need-based scholarships and grants. We do not offer merit-based awards at this time. Average awards range between $500 and $5,000 for our semester programs, and between $500 and $3,000 for our summer programs. Our scholarships and grants are available to all students accepted into an SIT Study Abroad program irrespective of citizenship, national origin, or home school. We do not require a separate scholarship application for each scholarship fund; eligible students will be evaluated for all funds for which they are eligible. Please note: SIT Study Abroad scholarships and grants are only applicable to tuition and room/board fees billed by SIT Study Abroad. We do not award scholarships or grants to cover any other expenses, including, but not limited to, immunizations, visa fees, books, or study abroad fees charged by your home school. If your home school has an established billing agreement with us, it is your responsibility to communicate with your home school as to how your SIT scholarship or grant will be passed on to you by your home school. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

April 1 for summer programs – extended to June 1 for summer 2020 May 15 for fall programs — extended to June 1 for fall 2020 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: Provide us with the name and email address of a financial aid officer at your home school. Electronically sign and date the FERPA release included as part of the application process. The financial aid officer at your school will be emailed a link to a secure web form where s/he will provide information about your financial aid at your home school