Multiple Locations +2
  • Senegal
    • Dakar
  • Ghana
    • Accra
Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
African Studies African-American Studies Art History Arts Creative Writing Cultural Studies Dance Design Film Liberal Arts Media Relations Music Performing Arts Theater Visual Arts +5

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Jan 24, 2022
Jul 28, 2017
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About Program

Examine how young Africans use hip-hop to critique traditional understandings of the world, imagine African futures, and raise consciousness about globalization and (in)equality.

Explore hip-hop as a philosophical, political, and economic force in Africa. You’ll learn about the way disenfranchised diasporic communities engage critically with the social and political realities of the world since the 1970s. You’ll also trace the development and adaptation of hip-hop, exploring the diasporic exchanges that led to its emergence in Africa and the ways African hip-hop artists question eurocentrism and global capitalism.

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Program Highlights

  • Understand the history, development and importance of hip-hop in Africa and globally.
  • Go on an excursion to Ghana for three weeks.
  • Experience urban life in two African metropolises.
  • Attend workshops led by major hip-hop artists such as King Mo, Ndongo D, Xeinnix, and Salla Ngary.
  • Do an internship in hip-hop and urban cultural centers.


SIT Robert Kantor Memorial Scholarship

Each year one student will be granted $10,000 in scholarship aid to study abroad with a SIT program. Funded by individual donors and foundations, the requirements are tight: seeking first-generation college students who've never traveled abroad before, currently attend an HBCU, and demonstrate strong financial need.


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Incredible adventure around the globe

I gained a great new group of friends, a hugely broadened perspective, experiential knowledge based in three different countries and regions, and a host of amazing new experiences. Be prepared to be busy, but you'll look back and wish you had done still more. I learned so much from living and studying in three different countries, and had a great time too. This is not an easy or typical study abroad, but if you want to immerse yourself in places that are different, learn to thrive in discomfort, or just see a huge amount of beautiful, amazing places, this is a fantastic program. I learned and thought a lot about both large world systems and grassroots approaches to solving every type of problem. Probably the most fun and educational semester of my college career.

What would you improve about this program?
I went on the first iteration of IHP SEN, so there were some academic and staffing issues that have since been changed.
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