Madagascar: Urbanization & Rural Development
Sponsor: School for International Training (SIT)
Location: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Based in Antananarivo, commonly referred to as Tana, the program explores the causes and consequences of rapid urban growth stemming from a massive demographic shift that is currently under way in Madagascar. Although about 75% of the population lives in rural areas, within the next ten years it is projected that more than half of the population will be living in urban centers. Through field-based, experiential learning in SIT program courses, an independent study component, and a homestays in three different locations in Madagascar, the program examines internal and external influences shaping the island nation, with a particular focus on the relationship between rural and urban areas.
Program Type: Affiliated
- Read about Research Abroad for specific requirements for the program’s independent study project.
- Read Credit Enrollment requirements for information about maintaining a full-time course load while abroad.
To apply, Northwestern students must:
- Complete an NU Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
- Complete an SIT application by the program's deadline
Languages: French, Malagasy
- 1.5 years or the equivalent of recent college-level French, typically demonstrated by successful completion of at least FR 121-2 or FR 125-2.
Students are placed in three different homestays throughout the program - four weeks in Tana, the country’s capital; two weeks in Mahajanga, a medium-sized port town; and one week in a rural village in the vicinity of Betafo in the Vakinankaratra region.
Fall 2015: $23,895
Billed by Northwestern: $20,110
- Tuition: $15,310
- Room & board: $2,240
- SAAF: $2,560
Estimated additional costs: $5,112
- Airfare: $2,825
- Local travel: $350
- Books & supplies: $175
- Personal expenses: $1,550
- Visa: $60
- HTH: $152
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