SIT: Multiculturalism, Globalization and Social Change

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Academic Program

This program examines how Bolivia's landscapes and multiethnic population offer remarkable contrasts and challenges to previously held notions of development. Students explore Andean and Amazonian cultures and cosmovision and the layered growth of Bolivia's multiethnic social system under the pressures of globalization. Instruction, primarily in Spanish, includes interdisciplinary lectures and seminars with a course on research methods and ethics and completion of an independent project. Students earn the equivalent of four Scripps courses. On-site orientation and educational field trips are included.

  • Reviewed by: Professor Cindy Forster
  • Fields of study: Hispanic studies, social studies, with independent study projects possible in media studies (documentary production), creative writing (children's books), art (book illustration), or dance in addition to traditional research areas..
  • Eligibility: 7.5 Cumulative GPA; completion of Spanish 44 or higher.
  • Number of program participants: 20 - 25

Living Arrangements

Students live with middle class families for several weeks in Cochabamba and have a brief rural stay with either Quechua or Aymara families. Other accommodations during the program include hostels, private homes, or small hotels.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Early September to mid December
  • Spring: Early February to mid May


  • Advising Tips: This program requires a faculty reference. Faculty referees may use the Scripps form or the student can provide a link to the online reference form. Additionally, a language evaluation is required only if the student's average Spanish is less than a B.
  • Visa Information: All students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the program’s end date to study in another country. Students should apply for a passport as early as possible; in some cases, passport applications may need to be expedited. Students may need one or more visas, in addition to a valid passport. Visa application processes vary widely, and some visa processes are multi-step and complicated. SIT Study Abroad helps students to understand the visa process for each program. The SIT admissions counselor can answer passport and visa-related questions and concerns. Non-US citizens should consult with SIT early to determine the visa requirements based on their country of origin. SIT Study Abroad cannot guarantee visas for its participants, and it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to secure the appropriate visa in a timely manner.
  • Budget Planning: For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Cochabamba and Los Angeles.