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.

In this program you will examine the challenges social actors are facing in developing countries by examining a process of regional integration through the experience of MERCOSUR (Mercado ComĂșn del Sur/Southern Common Market), which includes Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay. You will be  presented with social, political, and economic problems as they deal with internal, regional, and global shifts. Based in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, you will travel on educational excursions to three of the four MERCOSUR member nations. Each country is like a distinct "lens" through which to examine the process of integration in the Southern Cone.

Lectures encompass each country's political and economic history while looking at salient social issues sets the stage for a deeper understanding on educational excursions. Field visits cover relevant issues such as alternative development, participatory democracy, grassroots movements and cultural identity. You will also gain insight into the different countries' view of MERCOSUR, its benefits and its problems.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: Transnationalism and Comparative Development in South America

Additional requirements

  • 1.5 years of college-level Spanish or the equivalent and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish, as assessed by SIT
  • Previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in health sciences, political science, anthropology, sociology, or development studies, as assessed by SIT

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.

Application process

If you are interested in applying to the Regional Integration, Development, 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.

  1. Completion of the GEO application process.
  2. 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

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20194/15/2019Late AugustEarly December
Spring Semester202010/1/2019Late JanuaryEarly June

Travel Advisories

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