Jess Swanson, CC'17


SIT Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change

Language of Instruction: Spanish
Multiple locations,
Term: Spring, Fall

Spend time in a field-study program in Bolivia while enhancing your Spanish skills.

The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2021
See other program dates


The SIT Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change program is designed for you to explore how cultural processes, identities, and resources determine who controls and benefits from development in Bolivia. Stretching from the Amazon to the Andes, Bolivia's landscapes and populations offer amazing contrasts--as well as significant challenges to development. In order to participate, you need to complete through Intermediate Spanish I, or the equivalent, prior to departure.


You will enroll in coursework that focuses on the following topics:

  • Historical and Contemporary Change in Bolivia
  • Resiliency in Bolivian communities
  • Spanish and Quechua
  • Research Methods and Ethics
  • Independent Study Project (ISP)

The ISP gives students the unique opportunity to apply the learning they did in the previous semester to an independent field based research project supervised by a local adviser.

Program Features

SIT encourages learning through experiences. With that in mind, SIT takes you on a variety of educational excursions throughout the semester. Excursions may include: La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Tiwanaku, and Potosi, among others.

Because of the mobile nature of the program, you live in a combination of homestays, and hostels, small hotels or private homes. While a majority of the homestay experience is in Cochabomba, you will also spend a few days in a more rural homestay experience as well.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Humanities, Social Sciences
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, Junior, Senior, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
3 semesters of language, or equivalent
Multiple locations,
Latin America and the Caribbean
Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 1, 2021