Please visit our website for more information. Tanzania is a beautiful and diverse country in East Africa spanning the Serengeti Plains; Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak; and the Zanzibar archipelago. The Serengeti ecosystem (approximately 25,000 square km) includes Oldupai Gorge, a formation of the Great Rift Valley system and the site of renowned early hominid fossil discoveries by Mary and Louis Leakey. The Serengeti also contains the immense Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO world heritage site and the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. The Serengeti is home to a large and diverse population of wildlife. More than 120 ethnic groups live in Tanzania, comprising tremendous cultural and linguistic diversity, though unified by a single national language — Kiswahili. Scale and Location Two key watchwords for this program are "scale" and "location." Students consider a few essential questions throughout the semester, exploring how changes in scale and location have an impact on these inquiries. To fully appreciate the diversity and complexity of this region, students are on the move, exploring the variety of natural habitats. Excursions are chosen specifically to provide a variety of locations and scale. Not Just Science In this interdisciplinary program, students realize that ecosystems are inseparable from the human ecology of the region and that issues related to development and human population growth inevitably affects the natural habitat (and vice versa). Through the Environmental Research Methods and Ethics course and program fieldwork, students learn to integrate their scientific learning with the social sciences, creating a more complete and complex picture of ecology and conservation. Supportive Partners The program has three major in-country partners: Sokoine University of Agriculture, Klub Afriko Cultural Orientation Center, and the host communities. These partners are instrumental in the success of the program, and many students have returned to work with the program’s partners in future endeavors. Independent Study Project Students spend four weeks near the end of the semester working on an Independent Study Project (ISP), pursuing original research on a selected topic of individual interest. The ISP is conducted in Arusha, Moshi, or surrounding areas, or with program approval, in other parts of Tanzania. Sample topic areas include: Impact of tourism on the natural environment or cultures Management options in designated wildlife areas Environmental education Soil conservation and agricultural practices Arusha youths’ views on population and environment Wildlife-livestock disease interaction in the Kwakuchinja corridor Behavior of primates, e.g., Colobus guereza and olive baboons in Sagara Forest Wood use in various types of protected areas, including village forests Bio-indicator studies, e.g., birds and butterflies at various locations Perspectives on population and the environment Vegetation analysis and elephant damage at Ndarakwai Ranch Note: Because of restrictions on fieldwork in Tanzania, students should expect to spend all or most of the Independent Study Project outside the boundaries of Tanzania’s national parks.
Please visit our website for more information. Prague (program base) Well known for its stunning architecture, this program brings students behind Prague’s historical façade. Students attend cultural activities, festivals, and art shows, which are off the beaten track and represent an alternative and creative culture. In Prague, students live with host families and take part in lectures and seminars on topics related to the history of the arts and social change in the Czech Republic. Students enrolled in the arts studio elective course will conduct independent creative work during this period. Students also may participate in civic initiatives that draw upon the creative legacy of Czech underground culture. These could include Car-free Day and European Mobility Week or arts events that raise awareness of marginalized groups, such as the multicultural festival Colorful Planet and the Babi Leto festival at Prague’s psychiatric clinic. Other cultural activities such as theater projects for refugees, contemporary dance, art, and photo exhibitions help broaden students’ understanding of Czech history and contemporary life. Choice of focus Through the program’s foundation seminar, students examine contemporary arts in the Czech Republic as well as the role art played as an agent of social change throughout the country’s twentieth-century history. Students are then able to delve deeper into these themes through the continuation course where students visit nonprofit organizations devoted to social change or, alternatively, students can enroll in the program’s Arts Studio course, specifically customized for students of visual and performing arts and creative writing. Educational excursions in different artistic and cultural contexts in central Europe During the first month of the semester, students participate in educational excursions to rural Czech villages in Moravia or Bohemia to learn about the art culture and social reality beyond Prague. Students interact with local residents, community leaders, and artists involved in initiatives for cultural revival and community development. Students also travel to the former Sudetenland to discuss Czech-German cultural relations and to Slovakia, Poland, to conduct comparative studies of these neighboring countries’ arts and civic initiatives. Independent Study Project During the final month of the semester, each student pursues an Independent Study Project (ISP). The project gives students a unique opportunity to critically examine a topic, situation, or community related to the arts or social change in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, or Poland. Artists, civil society activists, professors, and specialists help students in the development and implementation of their ISP, which may include daily work with an organization or school or a creative component in visual arts, creative writing, or film. Sample topic areas: Roma identity in the Czech Republic Slovak language laws and ethnic marginalization Artists working outside the official realm under communism The experience of Czechs and Germans in post-war Sudetenland. Creative projects have included: Sculpture and ceramic vessels inspired by the Celts of Central Europe A screenplay inspired by Czech absurdist literature A graphic design project inspired by Czech cubist architecture Creative non-fiction work and films drawing upon the social reality of life under communism Explore the Czech Republic's contemporary art scene and the role of art as a social change agent throughout the country's history.  Students study the country's communist past, its post-socialist transition, and the new challenges facing artists and communities today as a result of globalization and tourism. Site visits to artists' studios and theaters, NGO offices, and community centers expose students to the country's beleaguered arts infrastructure as well as the initiatives in place to protect and promote the arts and social initiatives. The program consists of three main components: An eight- to twelve-week homestay in Prague. During this period, students have lectures, participate in roundtable discussions with leading specialists in the arts and post-socialist society, visit NGOs and artist studios, and engage in the cultural life of Prague. This includes attending gallery openings and theater performances and joining Czech participants in visual arts, dance, and other arts classes. Fifteen days of educational excursions in the Czech Republic, Poland, and central Slovakia. The program also includes an excursion to the former Sudetenland. A final four-week period during which students focus on an Independent Study Project (ISP). Each facet of the program exposes students to different perspectives on the role and evolution of art throughout Central European history and the impact of post-socialism on the contemporary arts scene.
Please visit our website for more information. Studying in Buenos Aires Each week, students have lectures and intensive language instruction, and visit academic institutions and community organizations engaged in health-related work. Buenos Aires is home to an impressive diversity of renowned institutions and highly engaged public and private actors working on health policy, research, delivery, and advocacy. Students meet with senior public officials — including at least one former health minister — and other relevant health policy actors to learn firsthand about health-related initiatives and current challenges. The city and surrounding metropolitan region (Greater Buenos) comprise more than 30 percent of Argentina’s population. The region is home to significant social and economic disparities and a range of health-related problems. These include the contamination of the Riachuelo basin in the city center as well as the presences of chronic diseases. It is a city of marked contrasts, where wealth and poverty coincide. Program Partnership with ISALUD Classes and other program activities take place at the headquarters of ISALUD, located in the city’s traditional San Telmo neighborhood. In addition to its role as a university, ISALUD serves as a think tank made up of many of the country’s top health policymakers; its graduates can be found in key roles related to health policy, practice, and advocacy throughout Argentina. SIT students will have their own meeting room on ISALUD’s campus and have access to ISALUD common facilities, including the university’s library and eating areas. Spanish Language Instruction with a Focus on Public Health The Spanish language course is designed to prepare students for successful, daily interactions with lecturers, healthcare practitioners, and host families. Emphasis is placed on increasing language skills in areas related to the program theme: public health, community welfare, and epidemiology. Language classes meet for three hours daily in small-group formats. The course incorporates in-class learning, roundtable discussions, oral presentations, field excursions, and group exercises. Independent Study Project Students spend the final four weeks of the program engaged in an independent research project. Projects are conducted in Buenos Aires or another approved location in Argentina. Engaging in primary research, students critically examine a topic related to the program’s theme. Projects should demonstrate a synthesis of the various components of the program, and the project should contribute in some way to a greater understanding of public healthcare in the context of Argentina. ISP advisors are recruited from the different educational and health organizations with which the program works. Sample ISP topic areas: Grassroots advocacy and healthcare services AIDS policy and care Public health consequences of environmental contamination Gender and reproductive rights Challenges to achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals in Argentina Healthcare among immigrant populations