SIT: Nicaragua Revolution, Transformation, and Civil Society


Through the SIT: Nicaragua Revolution, Transformation, and Civil Society program, Whitman students can explore the legacy of the Sandinista Revolution and its influence on Central American political and social movements. Students will examine current challenges to democracy and civil society in Nicaragua and El Salvador.  There is a week-long excursion to El Salvador that offers students a comparative perspective on the history and current complexities of two Central American countries.

Fields of study:

History, politics and social movements of Latin America


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement); ability to live in a culture very different from one’s own and to adjust to the living conditions of the developing world.
Three recent semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


August – December, January – May


16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Revolution, Transformation, and Civil Society Seminar (6 credits)
Intensive Spanish Language (4 credits)
Field Study Seminar (2 credits)
Independent Study Project (ISP) (4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SIT credit = 1 Whitman credit


Seven-week homestay in Managua and a one-week rural homestay.  Other accommodations during the program include hostels, private homes, and small hotels.


All meals for the entire program period are covered either by SIT directly, or through a stipend provided to each student, or through the homestay.




Rolling Admission – students are encouraged to apply early.


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