SIT semester programs include the following components: one-week orientation, intensive language study, homestay (in urban and rural areas), thematic seminar, field methods seminar, independent study project (last month of program), and program evaluation.
In the Pacific Communities and Social Change program you will gain a broad understanding of the physical and historical factors that have shaped life in the Pacific, an appreciation for the region's rich cultural traditions, and insights into how Pacific communities historically have responded to and continue to respond to a myriad of social changes caused largely by external forces.
The SIT study center is based in Apia, the beachfront capital of Samoa. Traditionally considered the cradle of Polynesia, Samoa was the launching point for the wider settlement of Polynesia and was the last region to be settled in the Pacific. Samoa was also the first Pacific Island nation to achieve independence, which it did in 1962 from New Zealand.
For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: Pacific Communities and Social Change in Apia, Samoa
If you are interested in applying to an SIT program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.
SIT Study Abroad has rolling admission, which means that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening and closing dates of the review process. Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission. Since many programs fill long before the published closing dates, you are strongly advised to apply by the above priority deadline.
Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by SIT. The SIT admissions committee strives to select students who will be the best possible match for the program. You should submit strong academic references and demonstrate a consistent academic record, clear motivation to study abroad, solid reasoning for their program choice, and an understanding of the program model.
IMPORTANT: Application for a SIT program involves two parts:
- Completion of the GEO application process.
- Completion of the SIT application process.
Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the SIT deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.
Dates and Deadlines
|Term||Year||Final Deadline||Arrival Date||Departure Date|
|Fall Semester||2017||4/15/2017||Late August||Early December|
|Spring Semester||2018||10/1/2017||Late January||Mid-May|
Additional Date Information
To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.
If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.
Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.
Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.