2023: Not your ordinary summer abroad

Announcement Date: September 15, 2022   |   SIT Study Abroad

New SIT programs for 2023 feature hip-hop in Ghana, diplomacy in South Africa, traditional medicine in Vietnam

School for International Training opens summer 2023 registration today with 39 extraordinary study abroad programs around the globe, including three new immersive opportunities in Ghana, South Africa, and Vietnam.

Ghana: Hip-Hop, Resilience, and Black Struggle examines how artists are using hip-hop to question traditional representations of Africa, imagine Africa's future, and raise consciousness about globalization and (in)equality. In one of the most innovative countries in Africa, you will have the chance to study, engage, and perform with international hip-hop artists and activists such as Kojo Cue, Wiyaala, Cina Soul, M.anifest, Wanluv, Angel Maxine, Worlasi, and Koo Nimo. Excursions include Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Region and home to the biggest market in West Africa; Cape Coast, the first capital of Ghana and near two of the oldest sites of the transatlantic slave trade; and Tamale, where Islamic cultural practices flourish due to cultural influences from north of the Sahara. Earn six credits on this six-week program and participate in one of the most innovative study abroad experiences available today.

South Africa: Internship in Diplomacy, Politics, and International Relations is an exceptional, seven-week opportunity to explore career paths, meet diplomats and politicians, and enhance your understanding of non-western perspectives in the field of international relations. Your program base is Durban, one of South Africa’s most cosmopolitan cities with a rich fusion of African, western, and South Asian influences, and home to key historical figures like Albert Luthuli, the first African awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, and Mahatma Gandhi. The core component of this program is a five-week internship with one of SIT’s partner civil society NGOs. These include the Africa Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes, the Institute for Global Dialogue, Institute for Security Studies, and Centre for Conflict Resolution. On an excursion to Maputo, Mozambique, you’ll learn about the strong historical and political bonds between the two countries and the role Mozambique’s ruling party played in the liberation struggle against apartheid. You will also visit Johannesburg and close out this groundbreaking experience in Cape Town. Earn eight credits on this mind-opening, career-expanding summer opportunity.

Vietnam: Traditional Medicine and Community Health provides an unparalleled look at the ancient yet flourishing practices of traditional Vietnamese and Chinese medicine. You will observe ethnic folk medicine practices, get an introduction to yoga philosophy and practice at a yoga training center, and visit a monastery to study the concepts of life and death in Buddhism, and participate in meditation sessions. Visit local public health and traditional Vietnamese medicine clinics in the Mekong Delta to compare rural community health practices to those in urban Ho Chi Minh City, the program’s base. Through visits with doctors, professors, and traditional medicine practitioners, you will gain a multidimensional view of healthcare and health delivery among diverse groups including marginalized and Indigenous populations. Choose to study either Vietnamese or Chinese language on this six-week, six-credit program that will broaden your understanding of medicine and enhance your career and academic prospects in the medical, health, NGO, or other fields.

These three innovative programs are among 39 immersive and virtual language and internship programs offered by SIT for the coming summer and available for registration through April 1, 2023. Click here to learn more about these and all of SIT’s “not your ordinary” program offerings.