Through the SIT Brazil: Amazon Resource Management and Human Ecology program, Whitman students can explore natural resource management and human ecology in diverse settings across the Amazon River Basin.  The program is based in Belém at the mouth of the Amazon.  Students will also take excursions to rainforest villages, research laboratories, extractive industry sites, and archeological sites.

Fields of study:

Environmental Studies and Portuguese language


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.
Previous college-level coursework and/or other preparation in environmental studies, ecology, development studies, or other related fields is strongly recommended.
No language prerequisite, but a background in Portuguese or Spanish is recommended.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


August – December, early March – late June


16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Amazon Resource Management and Human Ecology Seminar (4 credits)
Environmental Field Study Seminar (4 credits)
Independent Study Projects (4 credits)
Intensive Portuguese Language (4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SIT credit = 1 Whitman credit


Four-week homestay in Belém and two shorter rural homestays.  Other accommodations during the program include small hotels and a short stay on a riverboat.


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.


See Link to Financial Aid