University of Oregon

SIT: Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change in Cochabamba

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.

Discover how cultural processes, identities, and resources determine who controls and benefits from development in Bolivia. Stretching from the Amazon to the Andes, Bolivia’s landscapes and populations offer amazing contrasts—as well as significant challenges to development. The nation boasts the highest percentage of indigenous citizens in the Americas, and the lowest per capita income in South America. The Aymara and the Quechua peoples have wrested increasing control and have recently been able to influence policy and politics in powerful ways.

In this program you will study cultural identity and the concept of community well-being in Bolivia. You will inquire into the social and psychological impact of globalization on Bolivian communities in Andean and Amazonian regions, asking why some communities seem to be depressed, downtrodden, and at risk, while others find resilience and reaffirmation in their families, social networks, creative outlets and traditions, and other resources. Field excursions to the tropical lowlands and the altiplano, including spectacular Lake Titicaca and the world's highest capital city, La Paz, provide opportunities for you to observe both urban and rural social and cultural life. Visits to development agencies and seminars on the history of Bolivian social movements will increase your understanding of this nation.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change

 

Application Process

If you are interested in applying to the Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change 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.

Additional Requirements

1.5 years of recent college-level Spanish or the equivalent and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish, as assessed by SIT.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearFinal DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20174/15/2017Late AugustEarly December
Spring Semester201810/1/2017Early FebruaryLate May

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.