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SIT: Samoa, Pacific Communities and Social Change
Apia, Samoa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
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Restrictions: CU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction::
Core Program Attributes::
Direct Enrollment, Project-based Program
Minimum GPA::
Housing Options::
Homestay, Hostel/Hotel/Guest House, Other
Approved by::
Open to::
junior, senior, sophomore
Program Advisor: Libby Okihiro
Program Description:

Examine the social, economic, and political impacts of westernization and globalization in the Pacific Islands.

SamoaThis program encourages students to explore processes of change in Samoa and other Pacific communities through interdisciplinary coursework, field study, and independent research. Students consider the impact of new and different values on Pacific Island communities and social structures in light of development and globalization pressures and acquire diverse perspectives on social change and transition in the Pacific context, learning from Pacific Islanders.

Major topics of study include:

  • Vulnerability, environmental security, and adaptation awareness
  • Understanding wealth and poverty in Samoa
  • Challenges to women in political leadership
  • The church and social action in Samoa
  • Special education and social change

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.