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|Program Sponsor:||SIT/World Learning|
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|Class Status:||2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year||Minimum GPA Requirement:||2.5|
|Language Requirement:||none||Open to Non-UVa Students:||No|
|Housing:||Homestay, Hotel, With program group||Language Courses Offered:||No|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Credit Type:||Transfer Credit|
|Program Type:||Field Study/ Experiential||Tuition Payments Made To:||Program Provider|
|Education Abroad Advisor:||Martha Sadler||Application Fee:||Yes|
|Study Abroad Administrative Fee:||Yes||Subject Area:||Global Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Urban and Environmental Planning, Urban Studies|
SIT Study Abroad has six IHP/Comparative programs. Each of these programs spends time in multiple locations over the course of the semester.
Key Questions Explored on this Program
- Though human needs may be similar around the globe, why does a city's ability to satisfy those needs vary?
- How do people create a sense of place, of community, of urban identity?
- What historical and sociocultural contexts frame the opportunities, constraints, and uncertainties of urban life?
- What must be done — and by whom — to move toward ecologically sustainable cities?
- What are the opportunities for political action by individuals, community organizations, social movements, and local governments to shape city life?
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), program sites, and housing.
Recent Program Sites
- New York, US
- Ahmedabad, India
- São Paulo, Brazil
- Cape Town, South Africa
There is no "typical day"on an SIT International Honors Program. Activities may take place on any day of the week and at any time of day to be in accordance with local norms and to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Thus, the schedule and structure of the program are likely very different from what students are used to on their home campuses. The semester progresses in phases:
- The program begins in a US city, where students receive an introduction to the program’s theme, examine that theme in a US context, and prepare for travel to the other program sites.
- The program then spends four or five weeks in each of the other program sites where students:
- are introduced to field experiences by exploring neighborhoods,
- live with a host family, and
- examine the interconnections of the economy, the environment, politics, and society in vastly different contexts.
- Each program is composed of four courses, totaling 16 credits.
- Students produce a cumulative study project involving comparative research from across the semester.
- SIT Study Abroad offers a field-based, experiential approach to learning.
- Each program has a small group of students (typically 10–35).
- On an SIT program, students gain high levels of access to many different stakeholders and experts relevant to the issues the program is examining.
- Extensive learning is done outside the classroom — in host communities, field stations, NGO headquarters, ecological sites, health clinics, and art studios.
- Many students go on to use their research project as a basis for senior theses on their home campuses. Others use their undergraduate research and overall study abroad experience to successfully apply for fellowships such as Fulbrights and Watsons.
Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.
SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
- All educational costs, including educational excursions
- All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
- Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
- Health and accident insurance
- SIT awards nearly $1.3 million in scholarships and grants annually.
- All scholarships and grants are need-based.
- Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.
- The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program.
- Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
Contact SIT Study Abroad
- Visit our website: studyabroad.sit.edu
- Request more information or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call an admission counselor: 888-272-7881
- Contact a former student.
- Apply to SIT.
Cities in the 21sr Century.
|Please Note:There is currently a University Restriction on Student Travel in place for the Western Cape Province (including Cape Town) of South Africa. Consult https://iso.virginia.edu/travel-alerts-notices-warnings for details.
Students wishing to pursue education abroad programs in Cape Town or the Province must submit a petition as part of the Education Abroad application process per the UVA Policy on Student International Travel .
Current Year Program Information
Cities in the 21st Century program examines the intentional and natural forces that guide the development of the world's cities. It combines an innovative urban studies academic curriculum with fieldwork involving public agencies, planners, elected officials, NGOs and grassroots groups in important world cities where exciting changes are taking place.
Students learn how to "read a city" -- an iterative process that hones the ability to observe, question, document, research and communicate – leading to a better understanding of the interconnected social, physical, economic, environmental and political systems that affect urban environments.
Students examine how the structure of a city enhances or impedes growth. They learn who exercises power in cities and where power comes from. And they examine the role of state and local government in formulating development policies in a changing world economy, and the challenges public policymakers face in light of increasing inequity.
IHP's comparative approach enables students to analyze and contrast major issues across cities, and track how concerns manifest themselves in the planning process, and ultimately, in a course of action.
How to Apply