SIT Study Abroad: Madagascar - Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Systems (Summer)

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Examine how historical circumstances, geography, and demographics shape and inform the delivery of traditional and allopathic healthcare systems in Madagascar.In this program, students learn firsthand about forms of treatment, methods of diagnosis... read more

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My experience in Madagascar was truly incredible. The orientation portion really prepares you for integrating with your homestay families, and the subject matter of the courses challenges you in a new and unique way. You get to explore three very different areas of the island country, from Tana to Morondava, and all three have s... - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Madagascar - Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Systems (Summer)
Aside from gaining an understanding of how people live around the world, what conditions they live in, and how they are still happy regardless, I gained two main things. One, the flame inside of me was re-ignited and I was reminded of the things that once made me feel driven and passionate, and my confidence was restored. Two, I... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned what it really feels like to be colonized (however vicariously) and to live in poverty. I came to understand how you must first go into a place and ask what they need, and work with the local system, for aid to be effective, and how you must allow people access to resources, even while you are trying to protect them, b... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained a totally new perspective on health care and the role it plays in the world. This perspective showed me many more possibilities for paths I could take in my life and introduced me to new interests. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
As an anthro major, I'm happy that I developed field work skills and produced research that I am proud of. Before I left, I was afraid to work too outside of my comfort zone, but going abroad made me realize my "comfort zone" is really much more flexible than I thought. Also, Madagascar developed as a serious area of academi... - Barnard College View Entire Review
Yes it was completely worth the money for the people that I met, the experiences I had, the places I saw, and the life long friends that I made. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review


Examine how historical circumstances, geography, and demographics shape and inform the delivery of traditional and allopathic healthcare systems in Madagascar.

In this program, students learn firsthand about forms of treatment, methods of diagnosis, questions of access, and the education and training of healthcare professionals in urban and rural areas of Madagascar. From discussions with leading academics and allopathic doctors, students explore the complexity of current debates over alternative and allopathic healthcare practices, not only in Madagascar, but globally.

Major topics of study include:

- Current healthcare models in Madagascar and debate the social and political dimensions of healthcare delivery
- Postcolonial history and contemporary Malagasy politics as applied to healthcare policy and delivery
- The strong links between global healthcare challenges and economic, social, environmental, and political factors
- Ethnobotany, home and folk remedies, and the extent to which health beliefs are grounded in cultural and religious practices of local communities

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • French Language, Literature
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology
  • Health Professions
  • Medical Administrative Services
  • Public Health
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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