SIT Study Abroad: Tunisia and Italy - Politics and Religious Integration in the Mediterranean

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In Tunisia and Italy, crossroads of the Mediterranean, study the interplay of regional politics, migration, and religion. Examine the ethics of solidarity, care, and resilience as you learn or advance your Modern Standard Arabic.Study at the inter... read more

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I learned more Arabic and got to experience Tunisian culture, which has aspects of Arab culture and French culture combined. This was very worthwhile and I don't regret my decision. - Wheaton College, MA View Entire Review
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I learned how to live in a new place, maneuver life without speaking the local language, and develop meaningful and lasting relationships far from my comfort zone. It was totally and completely worthwhile. - Sewanee: The University of the South View Entire Review
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To adapt no matter what the situation - University of Hartford View Entire Review
so worthwhile. I'm more confident, cultured, better at languages, and have had an incredible experience - Fordham University View Entire Review
August 22, 2019 Lifechanging
I learned a lot about the migrant situation in Africa and Europe. As well as a lot about local Tunisian culture and politics and I learned a lot about myself. - University of Iowa View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile. I learned so much about the country, started learning Arabic, and honed new research skills. I gained confidence about living abroad and has since shaped my decision to look to live abroad in the region long term. - New College of Florida View Entire Review
i gained friends, and realized alot about international affairs and relations, that made it worth it. - Austin College View Entire Review
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In Tunisia and Italy, crossroads of the Mediterranean, study the interplay of regional politics, migration, and religion. Examine the ethics of solidarity, care, and resilience as you learn or advance your Modern Standard Arabic.
Study at the intersection of Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.As the northernmost country on the African continent, less than 100 miles south of Europe, Tunisia is the most Mediterranean country in North Africa, particularly in terms of customs and lifestyle. Hailed for its peaceful transition from an authoritarian to a democratic mode of governance, Tunisia is an ideal place to assess the complex political and religious linkages that define the geopolitical map in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Spend three weeks in Sicily, Italy, the crossroads of the Mediterranean and often the first port of call for immigrants.Tunisia and Italy share in the struggle for social and economic justice, democratization and sustainable development, social cohesion and immigrant integration, and ways of imagining a livable future. You will hear lectures at the European Center for International Studies and Initiative (CESIE) and SIT program’s host partner in Palermo. Visit NGOs and associations working with immigrants and meet with members from the North African immigrant community in Sicily to discuss the impact of religious practice on social identity formation. There will also be a 10-hour module on conversational Italian.    

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Arabic
  • French
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • International Relations
  • Near Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
  • Political Science and Government
  • Religion / Religious Studies
  • Sociology
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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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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