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SIT Study Abroad IHP: International Relations Global Governance, Human Security, and Civil Society
Brussels, Belgium; Dakar, Senegal; Paris, France; Sao Paulo, Brazil (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Fall,
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Fields of Studies: Communications, Economics, International Relations
Language of Instruction: English Experiential Learning: ITR Field Study, URI Affiliated Program
Class Standing: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Description:
Program Description:

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SIT Study Abroad: IHP - International Relations
Global Governance, Human Security, and Civil Society

International Honors Programs (IHP) are unique within SIT’s portfolio. In one semester, you’ll deeply examine a single issue, such as climate change, healthcare, or human rights, in four cultural contexts on four continents.

Examine the current global political trends and the challenges confronting the post-World War II liberal world order in the US, Brazil, France, and Senegal.

Program Highlights

  • Explore the current global architecture, the consequences of neoliberal economic policies on human security and livelihoods, and how societies are demanding change.
  • Learn about international financial institutions and current US policies in Washington, DC.
  • Explore Brazil’s regional role, its right-wing government policies, and their implications for urban centers and the environment.
  • In France and Brussels, learn about the European Union, NATO, and post-colonial migration and interdependence.
  • Visit Senegal, home to many international organizations and NGOs, and learn about post-colonialism, cultural imperialism and youth political activism.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), program sites, and housing.

Key Topics of Study

  • The history of global governance
  • How the legacy of colonialism has affected development of the global south and their representation in the global architecture
  • Global governance’s benefits and challenges to human security
  • Social, economic, and political tensions, and movements that have grown from the consequences of neoliberal policies and identity politics
  • Causes and opportunities of rising nationalism and alternative governing structures
  • How to research the impact of these policies and changes locally, regionally and internationally

Money Matters

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.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • 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.

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