Courses: On all SIT programs students earn sixteen credits total—five credits each for a language course and a topics seminar focused on the core issues of the program, two credits for a field study seminar designed to introduce students to the skills and knowledge needed for successful field study, and four credits for the Independent Study Project (ISP): during the final month of the program, each student must develop an Independent Study Project on a topic of his or her choice related to the issues explored through the program coursework and excursions. Each student selects an ISP advisor from among the various faculty and staff affiliated with the program and engages in research and field study in and around the program base. The language course is intensive Portuguese—a placement test is used to ascertain appropriate level.
- Social Justice and Sustainable Development: The topics seminar is on Social Justice and Sustainable Development. Courses are held at the Instituto Brasil/Estados Unidos/Ceará.
- Public Health, Race and Human Rights: The Public Health Field Study Seminar is a variation of the standard Field Study seminar with a focus on public health field study methods. The topics seminar is focused on Public Health, Race and Human Rights.
- Amazon Resource Management and Human Ecology: The Environmental Field Study Seminar is a variation of the standard Field Study seminar with a focus on ecological and anthropological field study methods. The topics seminar is focused on Amazon Resource Management and Human Ecology.
Transfer of Credits: All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA.
Course Field Trips and Excursions: Experiential learning is an important component of the SIT Study Abroad experience so in conjunction with the coursework, students engage in educational excursions and will have opportunities to assist organizations working in the region.
- Social Justice and Sustainable Development: The educational excursions bring students to various locations within the state of Ceará in order to learn more about the diverse populations in the region and the organizations working with and among these urban and rural communities to promote social justice.
- Public Health, Race and Human Rights: The educational excursions bring students to a locations within the state of Bahia, where they are exposed to the range of available health services and can explore the issues of public health and the connections between public health, race and human rights. Students also visit sites related to a widespread Afro Brazilian belief system and a rural community called a quilombo—founded by former slaves.
- Amazon Resource Management and Human Ecology: Approximately one-third of this program engages students in educational excursions to locations across the region, including a ten-day boat tour down the Amazon and its tributaries. Students also visit research institutes, national parks, archeological sites, mining and logging operations and have many opportunities to experience the ecosystems of the Amazon.
Faculty and Staff: For all programs, courses are taught by local academics, community leaders and organizers working in northeastern Brazil. The program on Public Health also includes instructors who are physicians, nurses and government health workers, and the program in the Amazon also includes researchers and activists. Each SIT program has permanent on-site staff including an Academic Director and various student support staff who oversee aspects of each program (homestays, language courses, etc.) and can assist students with questions and concerns.