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Madagascar: Urbanization & Rural Development

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Sponsor: School for International Training (SIT)

Location: Antananarivo, Madagascar


This program, based in Madagascar’s highland capital of Antananarivo, includes field-based, experiential learning in SIT program courses, an independent study component, and a rural home stay visit in the Vakinankaratra region of the central highlands. This program looks at the internal and external influences shaping the island nation of Madagascar, with a particular focus on urbanization/urbanism and the relationship between rural and urban areas.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


Read about Research Abroad for specific requirements for the program’s independent study project.

Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete an NU Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete an SIT application by the program's deadline

Languages: French, Malagasy

Language Requirements: 

1.5 years (the equivalent of 3 semesters) of college-level French, completing at least FR 121-2 or FR 125-2


Homestays and hotels/hostels
Meals included

Program Costs: 

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

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid for study abroad is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.