Why study globalization in Bolivia?
Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.
Bolivia, home to Latin America’s largest indigenous population and first indigenous president, offers a unique setting in which to explore the influence of indigenous knowledge and the relationship between multiculturalism and globalization. You’ll have the opportunity to live with three homestay families, allowing you to compare urban to rural life, and Andean to Amazonian.
Excursions throughout the country—from Lake Titicaca to tropical lowlands to the high-altitude cities La Paz, Potosí, and El Alto, the largest indigenous city in Latin America—will allow you to examine the impacts of colonization and investigate why some communities risk losing their identity while others find resilience and reaffirmation in their social networks, creative outlets, and traditions.
You will also expand your Spanish language skills related to social sciences through classroom learning, cultural immersion, homestays, and excursions. Advanced students may have the option to study Quechua or Bolivian literature.
- Study cultural identity and the concept of community well-being.
- Explore the impacts of globalization on Andean and Amazonian communities.
- Travel to Bolivia’s tropical lowlands, the Andean Altiplano, La Paz, and more.
- Build your Spanish skills or add Quechua to your language learning.
Three recent semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish, as assessed by SIT.