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SIT-Nicaragua: Youth Culture, Literacy & Media

Program Location Managua, Nicaragua
Sponsor SIT
Program Type Co-sponsored
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2018 08/28/18 to 12/11/18
Past Dates
Spring 2018 01/30/18 to 05/15/18

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Explore Nicaragua a generation after the revolution and investigate how young people in Nicaragua and Cuba are creatively advocating for change.

In this program, students will examine youth culture, advocacy, social change, and expression across two generations in Nicaragua and gain comparative perspectives on youth issues during a 10-day excursion to Cuba. Students will be immersed in the politically charged discourse and cultural life of these two fascinating countries.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:SIT.


The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

Prerequisite: three recent semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 3 Sem Spanish

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

If students complete courses while abroad from Purdue colleges that have not approved the program, they might be able to earn transfer credit for those courses. Students interested in pursuing transfer credit should discuss this with both their academic advisor and their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program
All students take 16 credits, which includes a 4-credit independent study project. See the SIT website for course descriptions and syllabi.

This program is based in Managua, but students will also spend a week in Matagalpa and ten days in Cuba. In all locations there will be program-related excursions and cultural events. Please read the SIT program page for details.

During the course of the program, students will live with three different homestay families. In Managua and the rural homestay in Matagalpa, students will be placed individually with families. In central Havana, students will stay in casas particulares, where there is often more than one student per home.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program and Housing Fees include: tuition, all program-related travel and excursions, all housing/homestays, and all meals.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2018

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$15,846.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students- $1,500.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,000.00
Books and Supplies$100.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$800.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid
SIT Pell Grant Match Award. SIT Study Abroad provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding; this award can be applied to any SIT semester program.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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