Each SIT program portfolio is supported by a collaborative team of academics—deans, on-site faculty, traveling faculty, and guest lecturers—and highly trained professional support staff.
Detailed faculty and staff biographies are available on individual program web page.
Who directs SIT programs?
The majority of SIT programs are led by an academic director — an accomplished academic and experienced program manager who typically lives full time in the country of study. Academic and program directors are responsible for instructional content, synthesis of classroom and field experiences, and daily program operations. These faculty, in close consultation with SIT’s academic deans, craft a rigorous curriculum and design field and research experiences that match student needs and interests.
Who provides instruction?
Each program assembles an array of program contributors to serve as lecturers, Independent Study Project (ISP) advisors, workshop leaders, and local resources. Academic directors, traveling faculty, and country coordinators include tenured university professors, scientists, medical doctors, published authors, critically acclaimed artists, community activists, and others with extensive experience in higher education, study abroad, and international and local NGOs. They are experts in their fields and well networked in-country.
Guest lecturers and traveling faculty include leading academics at in-country universities, medical practitioners at local hospitals and clinics, political leaders, scientists conducting groundbreaking research, executive directors of NGOs and professional associations, MBAs, artists, community activists, and indigenous leaders.
Language instruction is provided through SIT instructors and experienced faculty at language institutes and local universities.
These individuals spend numerous hours with students and provide invaluable access and opportunities to explore local issues from the perspectives of the people who live there.
What other support is provided?
Students also benefit from the efforts of numerous local staff who provide vital academic, logistical, and cross-cultural support. Administrative staff on most programs includes a program assistant and homestay coordinator.