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  • Locations: Cochabamba, Bolivia; Danang, Vietnam; Rabat, Morocco; San Francisco, CA, United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 01-APR-2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: none Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-UVa Students: No
Housing: Homestay, Hotel, With program group Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Transfer Credit
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Island Click here for a definition of this term Tuition Payments Made To: Program Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Education Abroad Advisor: Hayley Spear Click here for a definition of this term Application Fee: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Administrative Fee: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Subject Area: Economics, Environmental Sciences, Foreign Affairs, Geology, Global Studies, Independent Study, Law, Political Science, Public Health, Public Relations, Sociology, Urban and Environmental Planning, Urban Studies
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad/IHP Climate Change: The Politics of Food, Water, and Energy

NOTE: For the spring 2021 term, we have modified our International Honors Programs to only include two international destinations, and no US launch. Programs dates have been reduced to 15 weeks, with no changes to the courses offered or total number of credits. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Study the social impacts of climate change through the political economy of food, water, and energy in some of the world's most productive and vulnerable landscapes.

International Honors Programs (IHP) are unique within SIT’s portfolio. In one semester, you’ll deeply examine a single issue, such as climate change, healthcare, or human rights, in four cultural contexts on four continents.

Program Highlights

  • Explore the social impacts of climate change and engage with high-level policymakers, researchers, activists, business people, farmers, fishermen, nonprofit managers, and others across four countries.
  • Investigate varied impacts of climate change — extreme weather, desertification, ocean acidification, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, loss of biodiversity, and dangerous social upheavals — and think seriously about realistic solutions.
  • Learn about the precarious nexus of California’s food, water, and energy systems over two weeks in San Francisco.
  • See firsthand the effects of tourism and climate change on Vietnam’s socio-ecological systems during four weeks there.
  • Study issues around water conflicts and agricultural development policies during four weeks in Morocco.
  • Discover the political and environmental complexities of Bolivia during four weeks there.

Key Topics of Study

  • How climate change is impacting regions differently and how people are adapting to these changes
  • The appropriate roles of government, business, social movements, and individuals in addressing this multifaceted crisis
  • The technologies and traditional forms of local knowledge that can realistically meet humanity’s need for energy in a sustainable way
  • The economic interests and institutional arrangements that prevent us from more effectively addressing the climate crisis

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

All educational costs, including educational excursions

  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance

Scholarships:

  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

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