SIT Study Abroad: IHP - Human Rights: Foundations, Challenges and Advocacy

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Investigate the historical and social contexts of diverse human rights movements, including the roles of culture, political economy, and international law in four different countries.On this program, you will examine the rhetoric and reality of hu... read more

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August 03, 2023 Ihp Human Rights
I feel like I learned a lot socially because it definitely is a unique social situation. Overall I wish there was more focus on the things that the program advertised but I did have a really good time and felt like I ultimately learned a lot - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Opened my eyes to many of the pre-existing narratives and discourses I'd submitted myself to. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I don't think it was particularly worthwhile for me. In the classroom I do not feel like I learned that much, if anything it was that I do not like IR and prefer rooting my work in my home-place. However, I sometimes learned strategies from the places we went to that I will hopefully use at home. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Complicated
I gained a new sense of ethics/experience. I encountered a lot of things that have radically changed some of my worldviews and approaches to life. - Berea College View Entire Review
It was certainly worthwhile. I learned so much about the three different countries we traveled to and made lifelong friends with the other students on my trip. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Take Me Back!
there is so much more to learn and there is so much out there that I have yet to even scratch the surface of. - University of Tulsa View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: International Honors Program / IHP, Human Rights - Foundations, Challenges, & Advocacy
It was all of the adjectives from challenging, to inspiring. It exposed me to the discourse and majority narrative of human rights and put minority opinions in perspective for me. It expelled many incorrect assumptions I had about the places I visited, especially the middle east. I experienced the culture through the home stays ... - Illinois Wesleyan University View Entire Review
I learned the importance of looking at the world from others view points and that its always worth asking someone about their story. In every one of my countries I met 3 generations of my host families. It gave me a new outlook on the importance of family. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned an immense amount, and it was 100% worth my time, but I wouldn't say I necessarily enjoyed the process. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
This program opened my eyes to the complex livelihoods of people as they are shaped by different entities, whether they be political, cultural, social, etc. Overall, the significance of empathy and taking concrete action to help others was evident every day of this program. - Hamilton College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Difficult.
it was worthwhile because I got a completely new perspective. - Berea College View Entire Review
This program is completely unique. It is extremely intensive and challenging. There is hardly any free time and at times hugely frustrating and disorganized. But it is also one of the best things I have ever done in terms of expanding my world view, critical thinking skills, and personal growth. The experiences you get acces... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
This program was humbling; though, it became increasingly difficult to connect with my peers on the program because there was an obvious misunderstanding of privilege. However, what made it worthwhile was that I was able to befriend locals from each country and connect with them. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to question the current nation-state system as well as the way we approach universal human rights. I have never learned more or been exposed to more in my life. I cannot express how worthwhile this was. - Goucher College View Entire Review


Investigate the historical and social contexts of diverse human rights movements, including the roles of culture, political economy, and international law in four different countries.

On this program, you will examine the rhetoric and reality of human rights, using an issues-based approach. Peacebuilding, truth and reconciliation, civil liberties, humanitarian intervention, environmental justice, gender equity, and labor rights are just a few of the inroads the program takes to pose a broader inquiry on the nature of human rights and its variance across borders.

Key questions include:

- How are human rights universal?
- What are the root causes that incite struggles for human rights in different locations?
- What impacts do international institutions such as the UN have on securing human rights?
- What is the role of popular mobilization and activism? How can solidarity across borders be built on a human rights platform?

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Area, Ethnic and Group Studies
  • Human Development, Family Studies
  • Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
  • Community Organization and Advocacy
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Political Science and Government
  • History
Minimum GPA:
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