Multiple Locations +4
  • United States of America
    • New York
  • Argentina
    • Buenos Aires
  • Spain
    • Barcelona
  • South Africa
    • Cape Town
Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
African-American Studies American Studies Anthropology Asian American Studies Conservation and Preservation Cultural Studies East Asian Studies European Studies Global Studies Humanities International Relations Landscape Architecture Liberal Arts Life Sciences Peace Studies Public Policy Public Relations Social Sciences Social Work Sociology Tourism Women's Studies +12

Program Details

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Degree Level
Apartment Dormitory Host Family


Starting Price
Price Details
View cost information: https://studyabroad.sit.edu/program/spring-2024-ihp-cities-in-the-21st-century-people-planning-politics/?subpage=cost_scholarships
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes Meals Transportation
Sep 15, 2023
Jan 16, 2020
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About Program

Through the prism of social justice, examine how four global cities—New York, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, and Cape Town—work and operate within the global economy. This program takes a holistic and interdisciplinary view of critical urban issues, drawing not only from urban studies coursework but also student field-based observations, guided excursions, guest lectures, and homestay experiences. Meet with thought leaders and academics, public agencies, planners, elected officials, non-profits, and grassroots movements to see how urban citizens organize to envision, build, and create more just cities.

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Program Highlights

  • Live and study in four global cities undergoing rapid change and facing unique challenges across four continents.
  • Explore how politics, economics, culture, and geography shape built urban environments.
  • Learn how to critically “read” a city and understand complex interconnected urban systems.
  • Meet renowned academics, thought leaders, elected officials, and NGO staff members.
  • Observe the community activism, media, and businesses that produce thriving urban environments.


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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  • Academics 4.5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 5
  • Safety 4.5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Unbelievable paradigmatic shift

I've written a lot elsewhere about my experience with this program, and this box is limited. I will say here that this semester is crafted and procured by well-connected, kind, intelligent, and deeply committed people. This is not a program to travel every weekend or party. It is rigorous, and at many times difficult, rewarding experience; and requires a sacrifice of yourself for a greater common learning experience. You will learn about wrote things about politics, urban planning, anthropology. But you will see what that means for people in the world. You will understand the impact a person can/cannot have--and why. You will be asked to examine every part of yourself, but you do so in the space and comfort of people who share a similar quest for learning.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be humble, be patient, have grace with the group and yourself. Be conscious of your comfort, but surround yourself with people who will push that with you, and who you can push, too. You can learn so much from the people who want to give their time to you. It takes real effort. It will take the most effort when you feel you can't go anymore. Push through, and build community.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The most enriching 4 months of my life

Being on the IHP: Cities in the 21st Century program allowed us to meet so many amazing social organisations, activists, and everyday heroes who were fighting for social justice everyday in their communities! From a famous graffiti artist in Sao Paulo to the current spokesperson for la PAH in Barcelona to a fisherman/activist/program coordinator in Cape Town, these humbling and enriching encounters could have never been possible without the deep networks that IHP has established in diverse local communities over many years. Learning through experiencing and speaking to people on the ground, while being able to live with local host families and see the beautiful landscapes of three other countries has been my most enriching and fulfilling academic and personal experience so far!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
A group of my friends from the program hiked up Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa on the intermediate trial. We surely were not expecting to clamber over rocks on all fours and climb up step ladders built into cliffs, but we saw the most breath-taking views of the city and the ocean - it was the peak (literally) of my experience on IHP!
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