Through the SIT: Nicaragua Youth Culture, Literacy, and Media program, Whitman students can explore Nicaragua a generation after the revolution and investigate how people in Nicaragua and Cuba are creatively advocating for change.  In addition to many site visits in Nicaragua, students gain comparative perspectives on youth issues during an excursion to Cuba.

“This program was life changing for me. I learned so much I never thought I would learn, got to do so many things I never thought I would do, and gained a perspective on life that will be invaluable to me going forward. If you are looking for a study abroad program that will give you a once-in-a-lifetime experience and help you critique your own life and the actions of your home country (if you’re from the United States), this is a great one. Not to mention, it was also incredibly fun!” - Jessie F. ‘18

Fields of study:

History, politics and social movements, youth culture, and media 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.

Language Prerequisite:

Three recent semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish.


16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Rewriting Nicaragua: Literacies, Rights, and Social Change (3 credits)
Re-imagining Nicaragua: Youth Culture, Media, and Expression (3 credits)
Spanish Communication and Expression in Contemporary Nicaragua (Spanish Language Class) (3 credits)
Research Methods and Ethics: Youth, Arts-Based Inquiry, Digital Media (3 credits)
Independent Study Project (3 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SIT credit = 1 Whitman credit




Three homestays: six-week homestay in Managua, shorter homestays in rural Nicaragua and in Havana, Cuba.  Other accommodations during the program may 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.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


late August – December, late January – May


Rolling Admission – students are encouraged to apply early.


SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

SIT: Nicaragua Youth Culture, Literacy, and Media