SIT Study Abroad: Samoa - Social and Environmental Change in Oceania

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  • Location(s): Apia, Samoa
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad

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Discover the social, economic, and political impacts of globalization, westernization, and climate change in Oceania.The launching point for the settlement of Polynesia, in 1962 Samoa became the first Pacific Island to achieve independence. In Sam... read more

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I learned a lot about the local culture and life in Samoa. I also learned a lot about the environment, how it has changed, and how this impacts the community and culture. I think it was very worthwhile, especially as someone who is studying the relationship between people and the environment. - Pomona College View Entire Review
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This program was very worthwhile. Learning by experiencing another culture is always very rewarding, the way of life and strong cultural identity in Samoa is very special. - University of San Francisco View Entire Review
I was able to experience a different way that life can be. This program gave me knowledge, perspective, community, and field research experience. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and what I can achieve. It was very worthwhile. Moreover, for the first time I realized the consequences of our first world decisions. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I have learned about life lessons that you hear about in the classroom but experience firsthand and keep with you for life, including the love between family and the villages, how to appreciate what you have, how to give unconditionally, and so much more. It was completely worthwhile because some people can be tucked nicely away... - Fordham University View Entire Review
definitely worth it - i would reccommend this to any student wishing to study abroad not in the usual european places - Ithaca College View Entire Review
YES! - Ithaca College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the Pacific communities and the ways Samoa has changed over time. I learned about indigenous ways of living. I also gained new perspectives about religion, resilience, and social change. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
this program prioritizes indigenous knowledge and decolonial methodologies and I got to experience new ways of living and value systems outside of a western context which was extremely valuable. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Unforgettable
Worthwhile - got to see five different islands in total. Learned a lot about the world. Very englightening - University of Vermont View Entire Review
It allowed me to put a lot of things into perspective. It was definitely worthwhile as I learned a lot about myself and others. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was absolutely worth while. I learned about the culture, about relationships, other people, and most importantly, about myself. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Manaia Samoa!
I couldn't possibly fit into this small box everything I gained from my experience abroad. I gained a whole new way of looking at the world, which I didn't realize until returning to the States. It was the most worthwhile experience of my college career. - Middlebury College View Entire Review

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Discover the social, economic, and political impacts of globalization, westernization, and climate change in Oceania.

The launching point for the settlement of Polynesia, in 1962 Samoa became the first Pacific Island to achieve independence. In Samoa, you will live in Apia, the cosmopolitan capital and the program’s base, and study social justice issues and efforts to protect the environment across the Pacific. Hear perspectives on social transitions, conservation, and resilience from Samoans and other Pacific Islanders and interact with Samoan university students. Visit Samoa’s largest island, the volcanic island of Savai‘i, to see the sea arches, blow holes and lava flows of the South Pacific. Journey to Fiji and witness how Oceania’s diverse communities are supported by the environment but impacted by development, tourism, and climate change. Experience, if you choose, the slaughter, roasting, and serving of a small pig in Amaile, Samoa. In the final month of the program, undertake a self-designed research project on a topic of your choice with experts to guide you.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Pacific Area Studies
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Social Sciences
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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SIT Study Abroad is committed to increasing access to international education and to ensuring you have the information you need to successfully access funding for your study abroad program with us. SIT has awarded an average of over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students in the past three years. We encourage all qualified students to apply for our need-based scholarships. SIT scholarships are not available for online courses or virtual internships. Your scholarship application is created when you select your interest in SIT need-based scholarships when asked in the drop-down section of your SIT Study Abroad program application. Your application is then reviewed separately, on a rolling basis, when complete. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs May 15 for fall programs November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
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: 1) Once your scholarship application is started, you will be asked to provide SIT with the name and email address of a financial aid counselor at your home institution, or the general email address of your financial aid office. This is very important as it allows SIT to consider any financial aid that may be available from your home institution when reviewing your scholarship application. 2) Add SIT’s school code (008860) to your FAFSA form. 3) Your scholarship application is complete and ready for review when SIT has your FAFSA and the financial aid information from your home institution. Confirm receipt of all required financial aid information with the SIT Study Abroad Scholarship Office (studyabroad.scholarships@sit.edu or 802.258.3503). 4) If you do not receive an award decision notification from SIT before the billing due date, please know that your scholarship application was not complete.

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