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  • Locations: Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Duke applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-Duke Students: No Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Homestay, Hostel, Hotel Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Abby Hall Grubbs
Minimum Class Level: Sophomore Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Course Load: 16 credits/semester Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: 3 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Cultural Anthropology, History, Political Science, Psychology and Neuroscience, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Spanish and Latin American Studies Duke Administered Program?: No
Program Description:

Please note that the Duke Study  Abroad Fee will be charged to students enrolled in this program. For more information about the fee, please see

Discover 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.

The nation boasts the highest percentage of indigenous citizens in the Americas, and the lowest per capita income in South America. The Aymara and the Quechua peoples have wrested increasing control and have recently been able to influence policy and politics in powerful ways.

Field excursions to the tropical lowlands and the altiplano, including spectacular Lake Titicaca and the world's highest capital city, La Paz, provide opportunities to observe both urban and rural social and cultural life. Visits to development agencies and seminars on the history of Bolivian social movements increase students' understanding of this nation.

SIT is announcing a new scholarship program for undergraduate Pell grant recipients. The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students to promote access to postsecondary education. Beginning with fall 2010 programs, SIT will automatically match a student’s Pell award used for a semester program with SIT, thereby placing high-quality, field-based study abroad programs within greater financial reach of a wider range of undergraduate students. More than 30 SIT programs across the globe are eligible for the new Pell match scholarship.

Note: This program was formerly titled Culture & Development.