Study how the dynamics of food production, distribution, and provisioning are affected by population growth, rapid urbanization, and globalization, and which responses offer the most promise for sustainable food futures at local, national, and global levels.
Consider how to meet food availability, access, and utilization demands when approximately 870 million people per year—more than 12 percent of the global population—suffer from chronic undernourishment.
Discuss food sustainability with activists, professors, and well-known innovators in Berkeley and Santa Cruz.
Learn about the smallholder agriculture and explore conventional and alternative farming practices in Malawi.
Examine government agriculture programs responding to food insecurity in a country that has recognized food sovereignty and the right to food in its constitution since 2008.
Study the EU’s complex and innovative food safety and trade regulations and talk with policy experts at multiple United Nations institutions in Italy.
Key Topics of Study
How we will feed and nourish nine billion people by 2050 and do so while sustaining the agricultural livelihoods of nearly one billion people
How we will conserve our natural environments and the green infrastructure we rely on and empower local communities to determine their own food sustainability futures
How we will confront questions about biodiversity and genetically modified crops, land rights and corruption, environmental degradation and conflict, and natural disasters and resilience
How global issues like industrialization, changing agricultural conditions, technological innovation, and rapid urbanization factor into food security challenges and opportunities
How thought leaders, including Alice Waters and Vandana Shiva, and social movements such as the slow food and local farming movements have had an impact on food policy and futures in the global north and south
Berkeley and Santa Cruz, US
Lilongwe and Ntcheu, Malawi
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), program sites, and housing.
There is no "typical day" on an SIT International Honors Program. Activities may take place on any day of the week and at any time of day to be in accordance with local norms and to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Thus, the schedule and structure of the program are likely very different from what students are used to on their home campuses. The semester progresses in phases:
The program begins in a US city, where students receive an introduction to the program’s theme, examine that theme in a US context, and prepare for travel to the other program sites.
The program then spends four or five weeks in each of the other program sites where students:
are introduced to field experiences by exploring neighborhoods,
live with a host family, and
examine the interconnections of the economy, the environment, politics, and society in vastly different contexts.
Each program is composed of four courses, totaling 16 credits.
Students produce a cumulative study project involving comparative research from across the semester.
Franklin & Marshall Academic Policy
F&M requires all students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution or off-campus study program. You can typically find this information on the program partner's website. In many cases, this will be four or five courses for a semester. Many programs grant course credit in U.S. semester credit hours. Franklin & Marshall will award four F&M course credits for a total of 15 or 16 U.S. semester credit hours. If the total number of credits for your program is more than 16 or less than 15, divide the total number by four to find out how many course credits you will receive (this includes summer study).
Courses on off-campus study programs must be taken for a letter grade, not on a pass/no pass basis. Grades from off-campus study program courses will appear on your Franklin & Marshall transcript, but they will not be calculated into your cumulative GPA.
Courses taken off-campus may be able to satisfy major, minor, language or distribution requirements (Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Non-Western Cultures or Natural Science Lab) in addition to general elective credit. Courses may fulfill more than one requirement. Please note that Franklin & Marshall cannot issue transfer credit for a course taken in a department that is not represented at the College. If a course does not clearly fall under a department, the off-campus study advising staff can help you determine whether or not it can be accepted for credit.
Franklin & Marshall Housing Policy
Housing options during your off-campus study program will vary by program. Some programs may allow students to choose their housing option; other programs require all students to live in a certain type of housing. Typical housing arrangements may include apartments, homestays, or on-campus housing at a local university. Please visit the program homepage to determine your program's housing options or requirements.
Please note that some programs may offer students the option to pursue independent housing (outside of the regular housing options provided by the program). F&M does not allow students to choose independent housing unless there is a significant academic or cultural reason (such as wanting to live in a homestay when only apartment housing is provided). Independent housing carries many risks and F&M and the program provider cannot provide any support to students who pursue independent housing. Students who are interested in pursuing independent housing will need to contact their off-campus study adviser to petition for approval to pursue this option.
Financial Policy, Financial Aid and Scholarships
During the academic year, students will continue to be eligible for financial aid during a term of off-campus study. This includes federal and state loans and Franklin & Marshall merit scholarships and need-based grants. In general, eligibility for financial aid is based on Franklin & Marshall tuition, cost of housing and meals from the off-campus study program, and an allowance for books and personal expenses. Your annual estimated family contribution as generated by your FAFSA will remain the same regardless of program costs. Students who receive Grant-in-Aid benefits will continue to access these benefits for the semester off-campus. This benefit is only available to students of eligible full-time F&M faculty and staff.