University of Oregon

SIT: Summer Innovation Lab on Shelter in Cape Town

Program Overview

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.

Working with local community members, urban planners, and architectural practitioners, you will collaborate on a design project focused on an aspect of shelter. The collaborative project — the topic of which emerges from classes, discussions, and educational excursions — is based in Cape Town. You will visit Stellenbosch, attending classes at Stellenbosch University and undertaking excursions, including to the town of Paarl, home to the Afrikaans Language Monument. An excursion to the Solms Delta Wine Estate will give you the opportunity to learn about the social history of the farm and housing programs being implemented at the winery to support farm workers and their families.

You will take an interdisciplinary course on urban developments in Cape Town, with a hands-on opportunity to engage in a collaborative design project in the city. The course focuses on the history and legacies of Cape Town’s racialized spaces, the current dynamics that contribute to its role as a site of sobering urban challenges, and the ways in which communities of architects, designers, and residents are working together to create promising design solutions. You will earn six upper division elective credits in Environmental Studies.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: Innovation Lab on Shelter in South Africa (Summer)

Application Process

If you are interested in applying to the Innovation Lab on Shelter in South Africa 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 Program 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. Both parts of the application are due by the GEO application deadline.

  • 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

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Additional Date Information

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.

Priority Discounts

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.

Course Equivalencies

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.