SIT Faculty Seminars Abroad

SIT Faculty Seminars Abroad


SIT Study Abroad is launching a new series of faculty seminars abroad for 2017. Each seminar will explore critical global issues, by drawing on the rich academic resources of SIT program sites. Learn more about the critical global issues explored on SIT’s undergraduate programs.

SIT’s Faculty Engagement Seminars Abroad offer each participant the opportunity to become deeply engaged in a topic through lectures, site visits, and connections to local academics, researchers, and other knowledge sources. Some seminars will include hands-on field work. Participants can expect to examine topics through multiple rich and nuanced perspectives, benefitting from SIT Study Abroad’s experiential learning approach.

Seminar participants will:

  • Engage with in-country academics, researchers, and other local experts, as well as peers from other US institutions
  • Be deeply immersed in the seminar’s topic and culture of the host country
  • Benefit from SIT’s broad network of resources in country and SIT’s own dynamic and experienced program faculty leaders
  • Be able to apply the knowledge and expertise gained to your professional work and courses at your home institution

Click the links below for more information about each faculty seminar. For questions, please contact

2017 Faculty Engagement Seminars Abroad

QuitoComparative Ecology and Conservation in Ecuador

Deadline extended to February 15, 2017

Dates and duration: June 12 to 20, 2017 (8 days)
Location: Quito
Topics of inquiry: The ecology of Amazonian and Andean ecosystems; current ecological challenges and the efforts under way to combat them; key biological and ecological indicators such as plants, insects, birds, mammals, and other biological taxa; current research projects at world-renowned Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Cost: $3,350


MosqueTunisia in Transition: Social and Political Transformation

Deadline extended to February 15, 2017

Dates and duration: May 19 to 27, 2017 (8 days)
Location: Greater Tunis Area
Topics of inquiry: The dynamics between modernity and tradition, Islam and constitutional democracy, technology and youth culture, and social and political transition in Tunisia
Cost: $3,350


poor people's marchDemocracy, the Media, and Social Change in South Africa

No longer accepting applications for 2017.

Dates and duration: May 15 to 23, 2017 (8 days)
Location: Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town South Africa
Topics of inquiry: Challenges to nation building in post-Apartheid South Africa and the role of journalism and media in that effort; constitutional provisions for freedom of speech and of the press; diversity of media, media ownership, and distribution
Cost: $3,800

Sustainable houseAs a result of participating in an SIT Faculty Seminar Abroad, you can expect to:

  • Acquire valuable experience with and expertise on a topic and/or region that can be applied to existing course offerings or developed into new courses
  • Increase your ability to contribute to internationalization efforts in your department and institution
  • Gain meaningful insight into a distinct geographic region, which may lead to the development of a faculty-led customized program in that location in the future
  • Acquire a new network of colleagues and experts around the world

SIT Faculty Seminars Abroad offer participants all of the benefits of SIT’s half-century of experience offering field-based, immersive educational programs worldwide. These benefits include:

  • Rich networks of academics, professionals, activists, community organizers, and civil servants in each location
  • Dedicated full-time faculty and staff
  • A deep commitment to social justice, intercultural communication, and community engagement
I went on a SIT seminar to the program in Belgrade, Serbia, and Pristina, Kosovo in June of 2016. . . . We were quite impressed by everyone we met there. The six Gettysburg faculty members plan to incorporate material from the seminar into courses and programs at our college in the US. An archaeologist, for example, will use some of the information from a visit to local museums in her courses. A sculptor will use pictures and information from a wide range of public pieces that we viewed while in Belgrade and Pristina. An expert on Muslim religion in South Asia found great material for comparative studies on Muslim communities in both Serbia and Kosovo. As an historian, I will use material and insight from the seminar for courses on modern European history, including a new course on the Habsburg Empire and its neighbors that I plan to introduce soon at the college.

—William Bowman, PhD, Professor of History, Gettysburg College

Admissions Process

To apply for one of SIT’s Faculty Engagement Seminars Abroad, please download the Faculty Seminars Abroad 2017 Program Application, and e-mail it as an attachment to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants will be notified of admissions decisions within two to three weeks of applying. The deadline for the Ecuador and Tunisia seminars has been extended to Feb. 15, 2017. Upon notification of acceptance, a $400 non-refundable program deposit, along with additional confirmation materials, will be due in order to confirm a spot on the program.

Eligibility and Admissions Criteria

SIT Faculty Seminars Abroad are designed for active faculty from US institutions of higher learning, teaching in disciplines related to the seminar’s areas of focus.

Admissions decisions will be made based on the relevance of the seminar’s focus to the applicant’s academic background, research, and courses taught. Preference may be given to applicants and/or schools with past experience on SIT’s programs or site visits. An applicant’s experience in the program location may be considered but in-country experience is not essential. Please see each program’s full description to help determine if the seminar might be a good fit with your experience and/or academic interests.

Program Fees and Billing

Fees for each program, along with what is included in that fee, are detailed in each seminar’s full description – see above. Each participant will receive a bill for the balance of their program fees on or around March 1, 2017. Payment (by check or wire transfer) is due in full by April 1, 2017.

Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid for a Faculty Seminar Abroad, please download the Faculty Engagement Seminars Abroad 2017 Financial Aid Application, and e-mail it along with your seminar application as an attachment to Three $1,000 awards are available for each seminar; award decisions are based on financial need and other factors. 


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