SIT Study Abroad: South Africa - Community Health and Social Policy

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Examine community-based health concerns from a South African perspective, exploring the roles of the South African state, the media, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) mobilizing existing assets on a community level.This program focuses on t... read more

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I learned to be comfortable in any new situation and how to adapt. I also gained a much broader world view than what I began with. - Tulane University View Entire Review
I learned so much -- not just about health in South Africa, but about my own interests. I was constantly challenged and put in situations that I have never faced. The people around me inspired me to keep going when it felt like I hit a wall, and in the end, I am grateful for the opportunity to have studied with SIT in Durban. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned more about everything from the people that live there and their customs, to me and the way I learn. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
My journey in South Africa was a humbling one. I learned about the health system, explored a topic of interest during my independent study project, and made friends and family that will last a lifetime. My host families openly shared their personal experiences with me, which not only taught me about their traditions and culture,... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned many things from my experience abroad, one would be how the greater sense of community in other societies play a role in many aspects of life, including health. It was definitely worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about South African healthcare and the challenges they face. This knowledge can be applied to my learnings about other healthcare systems. It was definitely a worthwhile experience. I also got to go to amazing and beautiful places and make new friends. It was a good break from regular college life. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Very worthwhile. I learned that I have so much, a lot about health and health care, and to chill out. - Tulane University View Entire Review
very worthwhile. I couldn't have planned a better program - Pacific Lutheran University View Entire Review
I learned a lot more about Community Health and Social Policy and learned a lot more about South Africa. I also learned how to be adaptable and to learn from and engage with new environments. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained an understanding of a new culture and new people, I gained wonderful connections with people and a sense of self. It was difficult many times but it was worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about my spiritual and mental health because of my ISP. My class also talked about "whose reality counts." Taking in others' perspectives and others' truth is a huge takeaway - Bucknell University View Entire Review
I learned about the health issues facing an impoverished community. It was an incredible, worthwhile experience that helped shift my worldview. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned so much about another culture, but mostly I learned about myself. My views on health, wealth and the world were challenged this semester, and I am a more thoughtful and understanding person because of that. I learned about the realities facing South Africans, like the AIDS epidemic and Apartheid, and people's resilienc... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT South Africa: Community Health & Social Policy
Greater knowledge of South Africa as a country, particularly health issues, skills in carrying out primary research, greater knowledge of my abilities to handle challenging situations and of my strengths and weaknesses - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I loved this program and the opportunity to learn and participate in a new culture. I was offered a job in South Africa working in the clinic I did my ISP with and I would love to go back. After learning about Community health I am excited about Nursing school, where as before I was hesitant to start. I learned first hand abou... - Pacific Lutheran University View Entire Review

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Examine community-based health concerns from a South African perspective, exploring the roles of the South African state, the media, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) mobilizing existing assets on a community level.

This program focuses on topics such as health communication strategies, prenatal care, access to healthcare, and health education. You will consider how various health paradigms — ranging from biomedical to holistic — and health policies have achieved mixed results in addressing the healthcare needs of South African people.

Major topics of study include:

- Healthcare delivery in rural South Africa, including the practice of prevention and promotion of healthcare
- The role of the media in promoting, communicating, or influencing health issues in South Africa
- The ways in which specific health issues in South Africa are being targeted or addressed
- Rural health and social justice
- The pharmaceutical industry
- Traditional healing

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • African Studies
  • 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

Deadlines:
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

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: 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

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