NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.
Understand the dynamics of local food systems in a global context, exploring agriculture, food accessibility, global markets, sustainability and social change.
WHY STUDY FOOD SYSTEMS?
As global temperatures and populations rise, food availability and access become increasingly strained. In Ecuador and Uganda, study how food production, distribution, and consumption are affected by climate change, global trade, and historic inequalities. Learn about alternative farming practices, government programs, and innovative food safety and trade regulations from farmers, activists, and policy experts. Visit with farming families in Uganda and tour major farming hubs of Ecuador. Across differing contexts, explore gastronomy and culture as key drivers of economic growth, and the importance of celebrating food, while uncovering solutions that offer the most promise for sustainable food futures at local, national, and global levels.
- Explore the diversity of Ecuador’s agricultural centers from the Amazon to the Andes.
- Witness agroecological farming practices amid increasing climate uncertainty on smallholder farms in Uganda.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website
for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
KEY TOPICS OF STUDY
- How to feed and nourish 9 billion people by 2050
- Protecting the agricultural livelihoods of nearly 1 billion people
- Biodiversity, genetically modified crops, land rights, and conflict
- Food security challenges and opportunities amid changing conditions
- Industrialization, technological innovation, and rapid urbanization
- How communities plan their food sustainability futures
Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.
SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
- All educational costs, including educational excursions
- All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
- Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
- Health and accident insurance
- SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
- All scholarships and grants are need-based.
- Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs.
- Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
CONTACT SIT STUDY ABROAD
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL JHU APPLICANTS
There is a dual application process for this program:
(1) Students must complete the Hopkins application by clicking on the green "Apply Now" button
(2) Students must complete the program application, which you can access on the program website.
Please make sure to abide by both the Hopkins and the program deadlines as they may be different.