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 the Pacific Communities and Social Change program you will gain a broad understanding of the physical and historical factors that have shaped life in the Pacific, an appreciation for the region's rich cultural traditions, and insights into how Pacific communities historically have responded to and continue to respond to a myriad of social changes caused largely by external forces.  

The SIT study center is based in Apia, the beachfront capital of Samoa. Traditionally considered the cradle of Polynesia, Samoa was the launching point for the wider settlement of Polynesia and was the last region to be settled in the Pacific. Samoa was also the first Pacific Island nation to achieve independence, which it did in 1962 from New Zealand.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: Pacific Communities and Social Change in Apia, Samoa

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 Semester20204/15/2020Mid AugustEarly December
Spring Semester202110/1/2020Late JanuaryEarly May

Travel Advisories

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