Attend IHP: Human Rights: Foundations, Challenges, and Advocacy to learn about the historical and social contexts of the human rights movement, including the roles of culture, identity, political economy, and international law in four different countries.
On this program, human rights serves as the key theme throughout the semester. You examine how the rhetoric and reality of human rights varies in four different locales by examining issues such as: transitional justice, gender equity, the geopolitics of conflict, and the rights of refugees, migrants, and indigenous peoples.
During the semester, you take the following courses alongside your SIT peers:
- Foundations and Frameworks of Human Rights
- Comparative Issues in Human Rights
- The Role of Civil Society: Grassroots Movements and NGOs
- Fieldwork Ethics and Comparative Research Methods
The program travels to four different countries (one being the United States) with the itinerary changing depending on the semester so please review the SIT IHP website for more information.
Homestays are the primary style of housing for you as a student. In addition, there is some limited experience living in guest houses, hostels, dormitories, and/or small hotels throughout the term.
Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.
Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.
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.
- This is a popular program and tends to fill prior to the application deadline. You are encouraged to start an application on the program’s website as soon as you can and complete it prior to the deadline.