SIT: Public Health, Race, and Human Rights

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Academic Program

Students take Portuguese language class, a set program of classes on the program theme, research methods and pursue an independent study project on a topic appropriate to the region and program theme.

  • Reviewed by: Professor Rita Cano Alcala
  • Fields of study: Hispanic studies, sociology of health, human rights
  • Eligibility: 9.0 cumulative GPA; completion of the 33 level of any Romance language; COSA recommends Portuguese language when offered at the Claremont Colleges.
  • Number of program participants: 15 - 25

Living Arrangements

A seven week homestay in Salvador, a four-day homestay in Cachoeira and a seven-day homestay in Remanso. Other accommodations on the program could include hostels, private homes, or small hotels. Meals are taken with the family or with the program group on excursions.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Early September to mid December
  • Spring: Early March to mid June


  • 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 Salvador and Los Angeles.