Madagascar: Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Systems (Summer)


Tuition: $7,090
The tuition fee covers the following program components:
  • Cost of all lecturers who instruct students in:
    • The Madagascar healthcare system in both urban and rural areas and the effect of geography as well as cultural, economic, and political dimensions on health delivery
    • Malagasy cultural assumptions and practices
    • Ethical issues in healthcare delivery
    • Post-colonial and contemporary Malagasy politics as applied to healthcare policy and delivery
    • Traditional medicine practices in Madagascar
    • Basic introduction to everyday spoken Malagasy
  • All educational excursions to locations such as rural and urban allopathic healthcare centers, local herbalist markets, the University of Antananarivo's School of Medicine, the University of Antananarivo Faculty of Science's Pharmacology Department, Institut Malgache de Recherche Appliqué, SoTraMex (Societé de Transformation Malgache et d'Exportation), and Homeopharma (homeopathy, phytotherapy, and aromatherapy)
  • Health insurance throughout the entire program period
Room & Board: $1,400
The room and board fee covers the following program components:
  • All accommodations during the entire program period. 
  • All homestays (three weeks in Antananarivo and one week in rural Andasibe)
  • All meals for the entire program period. Meals are covered by SIT Study Abroad, directly or through a stipend, or through the homestay.
Estimated Additional Costs:
International Airfare
International airfares vary greatly due to the volatility of airline industry pricing, flight availability, and specific flexibility/restrictions on the type of ticket purchased. Students may choose to take advantage of frequent flyer or other airline awards available to them, which could significantly lower their travel costs.
Visa Expenses $60
Immunizations varies
Books & Supplies $150
Discretionary Expenses
Personal expenses during a semester abroad vary based on individual spending habits and budgets. While all meals and accommodations are covered in the room and board fee, incidentals and personal transportation costs differ depending on the non-program-related interests and pursuits of each student. To learn more about personal budgeting, we recommend speaking with alumni who participated in a program in your region.  See a full list of our alumni contacts.  Please note that free time to pursue non-program-related activities is limited.

Please Note: Fees and additional expenses are based on all known circumstances at the time of calculation. Due to the unique nature of our programs and the economics of host countries, SIT reserves the right to change its fees or additional expenses without notice.

Costs Dates

Credits: 9

Duration: 7 weeks

Program Base: Antananarivo

Language Study: Malagasy

Prerequisites: None, although students with a background in French will have many opportunities to use their French language skills. Read more...


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