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  • Locations: Accra, Ghana; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2023 03/30/2023 ** Rolling Admission 08/26/2023 12/08/2023
Spring 2024 10/15/2023 ** Rolling Admission 01/29/2024 05/13/2024

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Guest House, Hostel Areas of Study: African Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Human Rights, Humanities, International Relations, International Studies, Liberal Arts, Peace Studies, Political Science, Sociology
Class Standing: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior Program Type: Study
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad/IHP Cultural Heritage: Legacy, Identity & Curating the Future

Examine the lineage of colonialism and cultural appropriation through the practice of preservation of historic artifacts and rituals.


This program examines the value of cultural heritage in the life of contemporary societies. What forms of care, recognition, or attention are given to physical and intangible artifacts and history today? How does the debate about cultural heritage shape the politics of identity? What new ethics guide the promotion and management of cultural heritage? Who has the power to determine and maintain an “authentic” culture?

As a complex and dynamic process, preservation of cultural heritage is tied to local and global power structures. Competing narratives legitimize or de-legitimize value systems and shape how we interact with the past. In modern post- and neocolonial communities, the relation to and commemoration of cultural heritage is used to justify political, economic, and social programs.

In Nepal, The Netherlands, and Ghana, discover comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives on cultural heritage at museums, archives, and historic sites. Interrogate the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage, including intangible creations, natural phenomena, and physical constructions, and explore ways that communities and institutions are engaging with the legacy of the past. Hear from artists, communities, and professional cultural workers within cultural institutions and creative industries. Learn to challenge preconceptions regarding patrimony, reconfigure the curation of culture at every scale, and confront your embodied positionalities vis-à-vis the past, present, and the “moral economy of cultural identity.”

Unlike other IHP comparative programs, this one does not have U.S. programming. However, the group will depart together from Los Angeles to Nepal.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program highlights and details of coursework, educational excursions, and housing.


SIT is an all-inclusively priced study abroad program – including academics costs, excursions, accommodations and meals, airport transfers, and health insurance. Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor and read the website for more specific information.  


SIT has awarded an average of over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students in the past three years. All scholarships and grants are need-based. Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  


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