Through the SIT: Nicaragua Youth Culture, Literacy and Media program, Whitman students can explore the legacy of the Sandinista Revolution and its influence on human rights, religion, politics, and gender roles.  In addition to many site visits in Nicaragua, students visit the Solenthiname arts community, the Caribbean Coast, and Cuba.

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:

Four 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:
Rewriting Nicaragua: Literacies, Rights, and Social Change (3 credits)
Re-imagining Nicaragua: Youth Culture, Media, and Expression (3 credits)
Experiments in Writing - 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


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.


SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

SIT: Nicaragua Youth Culture, Literacy, and Media