Program Overview

Madagascar, the world's fourth-largest island, has a deep-seated heritage in plant-based medicine, and today traditional medicine remains widely practiced throughout the country. Based in the capital city of Antananarivo, you will explore health care in both urban and rural areas to discover how geography as well as cultural, economic, and political dimensions provide the appropriate context for understanding varied Malagasy approaches to health care.

This program also includes time in provincial areas, which will allow you to view the varied facets of Malagasy society and culture through multiple lenses. In the rural town of Imerina, a 45 minute drive from Antananarivo, you will engage with local residents including traditional healers. In Imerina you will learn about ethno-botany, home and folk remedies, and the extent to which health beliefs are grounded in traditional religion.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: Traditional Medicine and Healthcare

Additional requirements

You must be able to follow coursework in French (semester only), 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 Traditional Medicine and Health Care Systems 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

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer20203/1/2020Mid-JuneEarly August

Travel Advisories

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