** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Examine how history, geography, biodiversity, and demographics shape traditional and allopathic healthcare, and explore plant-based and traditional medicine.
WHY STUDY IN MADAGASCAR?
In Madagascar, one of the world’s globally recognized “megadiverse” countries, traditional medicine is practiced as an available, accessible, affordable, and effective method of healthcare. With flora and fauna not found anywhere else in the world, the nation’s unrivaled biodiversity plays a distinctive role in its traditional healthcare practices. From your base in the lushly exotic capital city of Antananarivo, you’ll explore traditional and allopathic healthcare, travel to rural areas to learn about ethnobotany, home and folk remedies, and healthcare access, and meet with leading academics, allopathic doctors, and Malagasy students. The Malagasy people are extremely heterogeneous due to their diverse roots in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Along the way, gain a deeper understanding of how religious and cultural beliefs affect communities’ approach to healthcare, and journey through world-renowned rainforests and mineral forests in search of rare plants and wildlife.
Discover a world apart where most flora and fauna exist only on the island.
Understand the cultural, political, and socioeconomic contexts of healthcare.
Live with local homestay families, enhance your French, and learn Malagasy.
Trek through rainforests and a UNESCO World Heritage site mineral forest.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
Madagascar’s healthcare models and dimensions of healthcare delivery
Global healthcare and economic, social, and environmental factors
Health beliefs and cultural and religious practices of communities
Postcolonial history and politics in healthcare policy and access
Ethnobotany, and home and folk remedies
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
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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For Gustavus Adolphus students: SIT uses US semester credits. Each GAC unit = 4 US semester credits. Thus, most SIT courses, which are worth 3 US semester credits each, are worth 0.75 GAC units. Be sure to discuss the irregular unit totals with your advisors as you select courses.