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|Program Sponsor:||SIT/World Learning|
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|Areas of Study:||Biology, Botany, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies, Marine Science, Political Science, Sciences, Social Policy & Administration||Minimum GPA:||2.5|
|Language of Instruction:||English, Portuguese||Class Status:||2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior|
|Program Type:||study abroad||COF Program Category:||Semester|
|Program Provider:||SIT/World Learning||Recommended For:||Simmons|
Explore natural resource management and human ecology in diverse settings across the Amazon River Basin.
Covering an area roughly the size of Australia, the Amazon River Basin—a highly complex and delicately balanced ecosystem—contains the world’s largest tropical forest, its second-longest river, and an extraordinary diversity of plant and animal life.
Gain direct experience with Amazon River Basin ecosystems, communities, and land-use systems.
The SIT Amazon program provides firsthand insights into resource management and human ecology in the Amazon River Basin, through site visits to rainforest villages, research laboratories, extractive industry sites, and archaeological sites. Students take extended excursions to different areas of the Amazon including west and southern Pará, pristine areas, and areas of extensive logging and land degradation.
Coursework looks at problems of sustainability from different vantage points, including large-scale development projects (mining, hydroelectric dams, roads, agribusiness) and small familial agriculture.
Examine the principal ecological characteristics of the Amazon. Spend time with communities that live there.
Students interact with and learn from members of diverse populations—such as ribeirinho, colono, and quilombo communities—and different social organizations including the Landless People’s Movement, the largest direct-action social movement in Latin America.
Lecturers are drawn from local institutions and organizations in Belém, Manaus, Santarém, and other program sites including:
- Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPa)
- Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisas Agropecuárias (EMBRAPA)
- Maseu Parense Emílio Goeldi (MPEG)
- Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA)
- Instituto do Homem e do Meio Ambiente na Amazônia (Imazon)
- Fundação Xingú Vivo
- The Brazil Landless Workers Movement (MST)
The program center is in Belém, located at the delta of the Amazon, and one of the principal centers for Amazonian research.
Nearly one-third of the program involves excursions to different areas of the Amazon River Basin region.
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Please be aware that study abroad involves two application deadlines - the application deadline for "The School for International Training" (SIA - the provider of this study abroad program), and the deadline to seek approval from your home campus Study Abroad Director (in order to receive credit for participating in this program).
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