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SIT: Madagascar, Urbanization and Rural Development
Antananarivo, Madagascar (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Program Dates &
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Restrictions: CU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction::
English, French
Core Program Attributes::
Center-based Program, Project-based Program, Research
Minimum GPA::
Housing Options::
Homestay, Hostel/Hotel/Guest House, Variable
Approved by::
Open to::
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Advisor: Dr. Kristen Grace
Program Description:

Study rapid urbanization and rural development efforts in Madagascar and examine the relationship between rural and urban areas.

madagascarThis program explores contemporary and historical perspectives on processes of urbanization influencing the present and future of Madagascar. Students learn about Madagascar’s rapid urban growth and the dramatic ways in which movements of people and resources from rural to urban areas is reshaping Malagasy social, political, economic, and environmental landscapes.

Major topics of study include:

  • Madagascar’s colonial and postcolonial history, economy, government, and politics, including recent political changes centered in and around the capital, Antananarivo
  • Food and human security, social mobility and exclusion, and community organization
  • Urban and rural development and corresponding infrastructural challenges
  • Cultural identity, gender and development, and social change
  • Geography, environment, and natural resources
  • Urbanization and rural migrations

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2016 10/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Later applications are always welcome, but colleges may need time to process your approval.