Pre-departure Documents


SIT provides many pre-departure resources for students. In addition to materials on the website, Study Abroad Admissions Counselors are always available by phone and email, and sometimes conduct on-line chats for students prior to departure. Students also receive a detailed and informative email from their Academic Director and an email from SIT with a list of other students on their program. SIT alumni from each program, called Alumni Mentors, are available by email to answer detailed packing and "what's it really like" questions.

SIT University Relations Managers and other staff members are available to conduct pre-departure orientations on your home campus, for both small and large student groups. Please contact us to inquire about this option. We believe that the pre-departure process is shared between the student, school, parent, and SIT.

Below you will find a link to specific pre-departure materials for each SIT program. These materials detail the following: visa process, country overview, health and safety information, packing guidelines, reading assignments and resources, travel arrangements and the student handbook. Many student questions can be answered by reviewing these materials, but please do not hesitate to contact us if further information is required.

Our Student Handbook (PDF) is also helpful for students prior to departure and is a reference for all SIT academic and student policies.


Jump to a region:

Africa, South of the Sahara
Cameroon: Social Pluralism and Development
Ghana: Social Transformation and Cultural Expression
Madagascar: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management
Madagascar: Urbanization and Rural Development
Rwanda: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding
Senegal: National Identity and the Arts
South Africa: Community Health and Social Policy
South Africa: Multiculturalism and Human Rights
South Africa: Social and Political Transformation
Tanzania-Zanzibar: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management
Tanzania: Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology
Uganda: Development Studies
Uganda: Post-Conflict Transformation

Asia and the Pacific
Australia: Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology
Australia: Sustainability and Environmental Action
China: Language, Cultures, and Ethnic Minorities
India: Health and Human Rights
India: National Identity and the Arts
India: Sustainable Development and Social Change
Indonesia: Arts, Religion, and Social Change
Mongolia: Geopolitics and the Environment
Nepal: Development and Social Change
Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples
Samoa: Pacific Communities and Social Change
Vietnam: Culture, Social Change, and Development

Czech Republic: Arts and Social Change
Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender
Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans
Switzerland: Global Health and Development Policy
Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy

IHP/Comparative: Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning, and Politics (Fall 2)
IHP/Comparative: Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning, and Politics (Fall)
IHP/Comparative: Climate Change: The Politics of Food, Water, and Energy
IHP/Comparative: Health and Community: Globalization, Culture, and Care (Fall)
IHP/Comparative: Human Rights: Foundations, Challenges, and Advocacy

Latin America
Argentina: Public Health in Urban Environments
Argentina: Regional Integration, Development, and Social Change
Argentina: Social Movements and Human Rights
Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change
Brazil: Public Health, Race, and Human Rights
Brazil: Social Justice and Sustainable Development
Chile: Comparative Education and Social Change
Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development
Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment
Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation
Nicaragua: Youth Culture, Literacy, and Media
Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation
Peru: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization

North Africa and the Middle East
Jordan: Health and Community Development
Jordan: Modernization and Social Change
Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media
Morocco: Migration and Transnational Identity
Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights
Tunisia: Emerging Identities in North Africa