Discover extraordinary study abroad options across Africa with SIT.

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"SIT Kenya was the best experience I have had during college. I have never experienced the classroom 'come to life' like it did for me when I studied abroad in Kenya."

—Deondra Jacobs, Albion College

EXPLORE THE CULTURAL AND ECOLOGICAL RICHNESS, CHALLENGES, AND DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES of the WORLD'S SECOND-LARGEST CONTINENT

Experience the impact of globalization from local perspectives. Witness the power asymmetries between Africa and other parts of the world. Rethink stereotyped images of poverty and disaster by experiencing rich cultures and cosmopolitan communities. Discover how Africa is redefining development through self-empowerment.

Areas of focus with possible program options include:

"I loved the [Madagascar] program's emphasis on field research. We traveled everywhere and researched a variety of topics in completely different ecosystems. One week our group performed a botanical inventory of a section of spiny forest in the Andohahela National Park. Later we traveled to Ifotaka National Park and studied lemur behavior and habitat."

—Katherine Wright, DePauw University

ACQUIRE NEW LANGUAGE SKILLS ON A CONTINENT WITH IMMENSE LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY
Advance your skills in French or Kiswahili. Learn languages not commonly taught on US university campuses, including Wolof, isiXhosa, Twi, Malagasy, Kinyarwanda, isiZulu, Luganda, Acholi, Fulfulde, Afrikaans, or Pidgin English.

CONDUCT INDEPENDENT RESEARCH OR AN IN-DEPTH PRACTICUM
Undertake independent research on an approved topic of interest to you, across a range of issues as diverse as community-based healthcare in South Africa or Kenya, the impact of tourism on the environment and local communities in Tanzania or Madagascar, the role of the state and civil society in post-genocide Rwanda or post-conflict northern Uganda, the effects of urbanization or resource extraction in Madagascar, or the expression of cosmopolitanism and African identity through the arts in Senegal or Ghana. Or develop entrepreneurial and consulting skills through a development practicum in Uganda.

FORGE RECIPROCAL PARTNERSHIPS WITH IN-COUNTRY CONTACTS
Through SIT's field-based, immersive model, students are able to form meaningful, lasting relationships with local academics, peers, mentors, and members of their homestay communities. Students learn from prominent faculty, NGO leaders, and individuals working to improve their daily lives and local communities.

"SIT provides a learning space through which students can directly interact with the local culture, feel empowered to serve the community, and learn dynamically from host institutions. I was astounded by how much more I was able to give through my independent research project after orienting myself through the class sessions."

—Lindley Mease, Stanford University