Sidi Bou Said

SIT Tunisia and Italy: Politics and Religious Integration in the Mediterranean

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Academic Program

This community-based program model includes language study, interdisciplinary seminars, and a course on research methods and ethics during the first three months. Students conduct an independent research project in the last month.

  • Reviewed by: Professor Andrew Aisenberg
  • Fields of study: Politics, cultural studies, Arabic or French language study, North African Francophone literature (for advanced French speakers). Past topics for the independent research project have included the role of women in Tunisia, reproductive health in Tunisia, immigration issues, youth culture, political Islam etc.
  • Eligibility: Scripps requires completion of French 33 or Arabic 02 and a 7.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Size of the student body: Students from U.S. liberal arts colleges and research universities
  • Number of program participants: 10-25

Living Arrangements

Students live with a host family in Tunis and have breakfast and dinner with their families and lunches at the program center. Other housing includes hostels, research institutes and small hotels during the program study trips.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Late August to mid December
  • Spring: Late January 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.
  • Visa Information: All students All students must have a passport to study abroad that is valid for at least six months after the program’s end date. Students should apply for a passport as early as possible; in some cases, passport applications may need to be expedited. For many programs, students will 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, even providing group instructions where necessary. A study abroad admissions counselor will be happy to speak with students about passport and visa-related questions and concerns. Non US citizens Non-US citizens should consult with SIT Study Abroad 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 Tunisia and the United States.