SIT Study Abroad: South Africa - Multiculturalism and Human Rights

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Explore issues of multiculturalism, ethnicity, and identity in the context of South Africa, from historical and contemporary perspectives.This program focuses on South Africa’s ethnic diversity. In a typical semester, students complete four homest... read more

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March 30, 2020 Amazing Program!!!
I learned how to feel comfortable being uncomfortable and how to work with people who have different backgrounds. I also learned ways to immerse myself in a culture. - Saint Anselm College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and how to advocate for myself. I had a few issues with the program that I had to learn how to cope with and alter on my own or with my classmates. I appreciated greatly the opportunities this program presented that allowed me to actually explore and learn on my own and so I fee like I personally rea... - Bucknell University View Entire Review
August 20, 2019 Great Time!
It was worthwhile! - Hamilton College View Entire Review
I learned about myself in a new environment. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Of course it was worthwhile. I think in particular I gained access to new, transformative, and creative research processes. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a ton from my experience abroad. I learned a ton about South Africa, and this helped me to think about the U.S. in a different way. I learned that I can go through difficult situations without my usual support systems and still make it through. I gained independence, confidence in my abilities, more knowledge about the... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned about South Africa's histories of colonialism, apartheid, and the liberation struggle. I had difficult, complex conversations about race, identity, privilege, and history with the other American students on the program. I reflected on current events in Cape Town and South Africa, and related them back to the United Sta... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I loved Cape Town. I learned a lot about issues of race and racism in the transnational perspective. I loved my homestay families, and I had a lot of amazing experiences. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained a deeper understanding of 'post'-apartheid South Africa. I learned about the intricacies of operating a multicultural nation - its challenges, complications, etc. I learned about local cultures and their complications with representation in a multicultural state. It was definitely worthwhile. I wouldn't have wanted ... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT South Africa: Multiculturalism & Human Rights
I learned many lessons, many from experiences that are thus hard to put into words. I learned about South African history, politics, human rights, identity formation, and other topics, as well as about human connection. It was one of the most worthwhile experiences I've had. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
I gained love and knowledge and real-life and academic experience I would not trade for anything. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Definitely. I absolutely loved it. It made me more interested in conducting field research. - Austin College View Entire Review
Too much to explain, still looking for the words. - Barnard College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about race and was forced to consider how my actions contribute to racism and white privilege. This was extremely valuable and I got more comfortable with my opinions and speaking about race. - Hamilton College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile. I made some lasting connections and learned a lot about a world that isn't always talked about. - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
August 16, 2019 Culture Exchange
I learned a lot about different cultures in South Africa and learned how to be more flexible with change. - Bates College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: South Africa - Multiculturalism and Human Rights
I became more assertive and grounded in my abilities and intuition. I learned how healthy friendships and networking is to be maintained and what it take to make them flourish and long lasting. - Spelman College View Entire Review
November 12, 2018 A Transformative Semester
My experience abroad was absolutely worthwhile. The multidisciplinary approach to learning enabled me to critically examine interconnectedness, particularly concentrating on the shape-shifting omnipresence of white supremacy. My learning was also deeply rooted in relationship building, with folks on and off the program. I feel a... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: South Africa - Multiculturalism and Human Rights
I learned that the people in your program will make the trip. Try your best to make friends within your program. These are people that you will see 75%-80% of the time so make an effort to get along with them. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained a deeper understanding to how interconnected the world is and how powerful the United States is in influencing the well-being of other nations. I found myself in situations where South Africans were displaying all they knew about America's society, culture and values and I could not reciprocate this knowledge about thei... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained so much - I made deep connections with my host families, learned so much about South Africa and its history, I learned the importance of patience and flexibility, taking things one step at a time, and the power and importance of human connection - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT South Africa: Multiculturalism & Human Rights
I became more confident, more self and globally aware, empathetic towards others, mature, strong, adventurous, curious about others' lives, and I developed a serious love for traveling and teaching children in less privileged areas. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned so much, not from classes and lectures, but from living in and experiencing South Africa. Living with host families did a lot for my understanding of the various cultures of South Africa. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned an incredible amount about South Africa and got to see a fair amount of the country. Doing my ISP research made me feel independent and confident in my interviewing skills. I made great relationships with my host families and other SIT kids - Tufts University View Entire Review
YES! it was amazing and I would love to go back as soon as possible - Tufts University View Entire Review

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Explore issues of multiculturalism, ethnicity, and identity in the context of South Africa, from historical and contemporary perspectives.

This program focuses on South Africa’s ethnic diversity. In a typical semester, students complete four homestays — each providing the opportunity to meet and interact with South Africans from different geographic and ethnic backgrounds. The strong emphasis on the homestay as experiential learning complements lectures, discussions, field-based assignments, and excursions to provide a multidisciplinary analysis of the country

Major topics of study include:

- The historical background to South Africa's apartheid system, how apartheid shaped and continues to impact social policy in South Africa, and the visions for post-apartheid South Africa
- Social change in education, language use, land, social justice organizations, party politics, rural development, social welfare NGOs, and tourism in three cultural contexts: Xhosa, Coloured/Khoe, and Afrikaner
- Critical identity markers beyond race — such as gender, sexuality, class, or generational or political affiliation — which cut across cultural contexts in post-apartheid South Africa
- The political, economic, and social structure of the future South Africa

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