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SIT: Madagascar, Urbanization and Rural Development
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Program Terms: Fall,
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
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Restrictions: CU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
 Lang. of Instruction:
English, French
 Program Type:
Direct Enrollment
 Minimum GPA:
2.5 Housing: Camping, Homestay, Hostel/Hotel
Fields of Instruction: African Studies, Anthropology, Arts Administration, Cultural Studies, Economics, Education, French Studies, Geography, Government (Political Science), History, Independent Study, Social Policy, Sociology, Urban/Regional Planning
 Class Rank:
junior, senior, sophomore
Study Abroad Advisor : Dr. Kristen Grace
Program Description:
Study rapid urbanization and rural development efforts in Madagascar, while exploring the country’s diversity and rich cultural heritage.

This program looks at the internal and external influences shaping the island nation of Madagascar. There is a particular focus on urbanization/ urbanism and the relationship between rural and urban. Students can expect to experience the complexity of contemporary Malagasy culture and society while participating in the daily life of host communities.

Coursework comprises a seminar on urbanization and rural development, a research methods and ethics course, language instruction in both French and Malagasy, and an Independent Study Project (ISP).

Topics of study include:
  • Urbanization and rural development
  • Cultural identity and social change
  • History, government, and politics
  • Economic and social development
  • Geography, environment, and natural resources

Bongolava region
Immersion in Tana, Mahajanga, and the central highlands
Students are immersed in the country's dynamic capital city, Antananarivo (Tana), and the coastal town of Mahajanga. The program also has a rural homestay in the Vakinankaratra region of the central highlands.

Program lecturers and partners
Lecturers will include faculty from local universities, including the University of Antananarivo and the University of Mahajanga, as well as experts from other in-country professional and community-based organizations. Program partners include local NGOs and associations such as Malagasy Mahomby (Mahajanga).

Examining Madagascar's complexity and contemporary challenges
Through this program, students will consider the multifaceted ways in which ethnicity, language, geography, history, politics, and religion have shaped Madagascar and its people. Students will look at issues such as group cohesion, social splintering, and empowerment, as well as the role played by global forces, including foreign investment and anti-poverty programs.

Today, nearly three quarters of Madagascar’s population live in rural areas and practice some form of subsistence agriculture. Yet, a rural exodus is occurring at an ever-increasing rate. Within the next ten years, at least half of the country’s population will live in cities. Access to basic infrastructures, such as schools and healthcare facilities, remains a significant challenge for a majority of Madagascar’s people.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2015 09/15/2014** 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.