On this SIT-sponsored field-based program, students will examine the social and psychological impact of globalization in Andean and Amazonian regions. Through excursions in various parts of Bolivia, students will learn about contemporary issues facing indigenous communities and the history of colonization in Latin America. Cultural identity and the concept of community well-being are core themes of the program.

Fields of study:

Anthropology, history, politics, sociology, psychology, Spanish language.


Minimum cumulative gpa of 2.8 (Whitman requirement); ability to acclimate to living at a high elevation.

Language Prerequisite:

Three recent semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent.


16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Historical and Contemporary Social Change in Bolivia (3 credits)
Vivir Bien: Well-Being and Resilience in Andean and Amazonian Communities (3 credits)
Spanish for Social Sciences (3 credits)
Quechua* (3 credits)
Research Methods and Ethics (3 credits)
Independent Study Project (4 credits)

* Students who are already fluent in Spanish have the option of taking Quechua language instead of Spanish for Social Sciences.

Credit Conversion:

1 SIT credit = 1 Whitman credit




Six-week urban homestay in Cochabamba; 3-day homestay in rural farming area on Lake Titicaca; 2-day homestay in Amazonian Basin. When students are not in homestays, they are typically staying at hostels, private homes, or 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.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


Late August - Early December; February - May


Rolling Admission – students are encouraged to apply early.


SIT Study Abroad Scholarship

Program Link:

SIT: Bolivia Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change