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

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.

Dates and Deadlines

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

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