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SIT/ Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change
Cochabamba, Bolivia
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Restrictions: Brandeis applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2014 02/14/2014 
03/04/2014 TBA TBA
Spring 2015 02/14/2014 
03/04/2014 TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Field Study Program
 Program Language(s):
English, Spanish
 Area of Study(s):
Anthropology, Education, Film, Television and Interactive Media, Hispanic Studies, History, Latin American and Latino Studies, Music, Peace & Conflict Studies, Politics, Sociology, Theater Arts
 Minimum Semesters of Previous Language Study Required:
3
 Housing Options:
Homestay, Hostel/Hotel, Other
 Experiential Learning Opportunities:
Field Study
Highlighted Program: Yes
Program Description:
Explore how concepts of development and cultural identity are being creatively re-defined in Bolivia, a country with 36 ethnic groups and the first indigenous president in South America. 

Interested students can produce a documentary film or publish a bilingual children's book in support of local cultures and social change.

This program examines how Bolivia's landscapes and multiethnic population offer remarkable contrasts and challenges to previously held notions of development.  Students explore Andean and Amazonian cultures and cosmovision and the layered growth of Bolivia's multiethnic social system under the pressures of globalization.

Students meet with Bolivian intellectuals and activists, artists and artisans, musicians and filmmakers, union members and miners, feminists and indigenous leaders, shamans and environmentalists. Program lecturers are leaders and experts at institutions such as The Democracy Center, Centro de Estudios Superiores Universitarios, Mujeres Creando, the Andean Information Network, and Water for People.

 

 

Based in the city of Cochabamba in central Bolivia, students also undertake multiple field excursions, including to the tropical lowlands, the Andes altiplano, Lake Titicaca, and El Alto, the largest indigenous city in Latin America. Students share daily life with Bolivians by living with urban-mestizo and rural-indigenous families, through the program's homestays

Home to the largest indigenous population in the Americas, Bolivia possesses some of the world's richest natural resources and yet has the lowest per-capita income in South America. In this context, students explore how the Aymara, Quechua, and Guarani peoples are increasingly gaining greater recognition and power.





Brandeis Specific Information

Application Process:

Students wanting to apply to this program must submit two applications:
  1. to the Brandeis Office of Study Abroad. Visit the Brandeis Study Abroad Website in order to obtain more information about internal application process, advising hours, academic credit, and financial aid transfer.
  2. to the external program listed above. Visit the Brandeis Study Abroad Website for more information on commonaly asked questions about the external application process like deadlines, program approval forms, paying deposits, etc...

Scholarship Details:

Students interested in learning more about (other) study abroad scholarship opportunities should visit the scholarship section of the Brandeis study abroad website.
 
*Please note that all information is subject to change. 

 
This program is currently not accepting applications.