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  • Locations: Apia, Samoa
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: Bucknell applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Class Status: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Housing Options: Guest House, Homestay, Hostel/Hotel Area of Study: Anthropology, Asian Studies, Culture, Economics, Education, Gender Studies, Geography, Independent Study, Minority Studies, Other Language & Literature, Social Policy & Administration, Sociology, Women's Studies
Program Type: Primary Partner
Program Description:

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Samoa: Social and Environmental Change in Oceania

Examine the social, economic, and political impacts of globalization, westernization, and climate change in Oceania.

Program Highlights

  • Enjoy a weeklong orientation in Hawaii.
  • Hear diverse perspectives on the human dimensions of climate change and social transitions in the Pacific.
  • Study in the cradle of Polynesian history and culture.
  • Experience Pacific Island life during two unique homestays.
  • Spend significant time interacting with young Pacific Islanders.
  • See the effects of climate change and tourism on Pacific communities and landscapes on a variety of excursions.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Independent Study

During the final four weeks of the program, you can choose to use your new language and cultural skills and the academic knowledge you have acquired to complete an Independent Study Project (ISP) on a topic of interest to you.

The ISP is conducted in an approved location in Samoa appropriate to the project. You will work with advisors who have expertise in your chosen area of study.

Sample topics:

  • The impacts and future of technology in Samoa
  • Sustainable agricultural practices and their impact on local villages
  • Attitudes of youth to tradition and change
  • Resilience and adaptation to climate change
  • Natural disasters and vulnerability
  • Microfinance and the importance of social networks
  • Impact of climate change on the Samoan language

Key Topics of Study

  • Climate change, vulnerability, and resilience In Oceania
  • Changing values and perspectives on wealth, poverty, and social class
  • Economic, social, and political challenges for Samoan women
  • Education and social change
  • Varying perspectives on communal, individual, and human rights in Samoa
  • Freedom of religion and how it plays out in a predominantly Christian society in the Pacific
  • Social, economic, and health issues youth face
  • The role of authors, artists, and poets in contemporary social and environmental issues
  • Changing land use patterns and the development of indigenous business in an era of global development and investment capital
  • The changing matai system and the rule of law


Money Matters

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
  • Health and accident insurance


  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • 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.

Contact SIT Study Abroad

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 02/28/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.