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International Honors Program: Cities in the 21st Century (Spring)
Ahmedabad, India; Cape Town, South Africa; New York, NY, United States; Sao Paulo, Brazil; (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Spring Semester
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
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, University dormitory 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
Program Description:
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IHP/Comparative: Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning, and Politics (Spring)

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 Programcity

  • 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

Program Structure

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.

What Makes SIT Unique

  • 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.

Money Matters

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

Scholarships:

  • 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.

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Cities in the 21sr Century.
Multiple Locations Worldwide



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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.

  Key Questions

  • 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 socio-cultural 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 or even local government to shape city life?

 

How to Apply
Before applying for any program, students must view and complete the online Education Abroad Workshop prior to starting the UVA Study Abroad application. Please note that all Non-UVA programs require you to submit a separate application, in addition to the one required by the International Studies Office at UVA. Please refer to "Applying Online" for additional information. Both links can be found under the "Getting Started" tab on the UVA Study Abroad homepage.



 
This program is currently not accepting applications.