Visit an SIT Program
“I thought I understood the SIT model for study abroad, but having the opportunity to witness it in action is a completely different thing. I feel that I have a much clearer understanding of the benefits of this type of program and which of my students would clearly thrive on an SIT program.”
-- Katie Hunter Perkins, Director of International Programs, Whittier College
We encourage faculty and staff from universities and colleges throughout the US to acquire firsthand knowledge of SIT’s field-based academic programs. We offer group program visits each year, and we can also accommodate individual program visits.
Group Program Site Visits
2014–2015 Program Site Visits:
- Prague, Czech Republic: September 15, 2014
An open house is scheduled in Prague, Czech Republic, in advance of the EAIE conference so visitors can learn more about the Czech Republic: Arts and Social Change program. Please contact Marianne Jorgensen at email@example.com by August 15, 2014 to RSVP.
- Tunis, Tunisia: October 19–21, 2014
A group site visit to Tunis, Tunisia, so visitors can learn about the Tunisia: Emerging Identities in North Africa program. This visit is scheduled prior to the Forum Europe conference in Barcelona.
Application deadline: August 15, 2014
- Quito, Ecuador: February 28–March 7, 2015
A group site visit to Quito, Ecuador, and the two programs Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation and Ecuador: Development, Politics, and Languages.
Application deadline: November 1, 2014
- Delhi and Jaipur, India: March 7–14, 2015
A group site visit to Delhi and Jaipur, India, and the four SIT India programs: India: Health and Human Rights; India: National Identity and the Arts; India: Sustainable Development and Social Change; and India: Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Practices (summer).
Application deadline: November 1, 2014
Group site visits are designed to help university study abroad staff and faculty learn more about our field-based, experiential study abroad programs and to further understand how they can be integrated into the curriculum of the home institution. Participants will have opportunities to meet SIT academic directors and affiliated faculty, observe classes and fieldwork assignments, and interact with students and homestay families. SIT group program site visits enable visitors to actively engage with program topics and the local culture.
Group site visit application:
To be considered for one of these site visits, please submit a letter of interest answering the following questions. It would also be helpful to know of your experience in the region (if any).
- How do the themes of the SIT program relate to your institution’s curriculum?
- What is your position or departmental/institutional affiliation, and what are your objectives in visiting the program(s)?
- How would you anticipate sharing the results of this visit upon your return to your college or university?
Address letters and inquiries to Marianne.Jorgensen@sit.edu or call 888 272-7881.
Please note, there is a $500 fee for participation, which includes single accommodations, all program activities, and most meals and local transportation.
Site visit participants are generally responsible for all international air travel, visa and immunizations expenses, and a few meals during the week. SIT generally covers most in-country expenses. If your institution prefers to cover all costs associated with group site visits, we can invoice you for hotels, meals, activities, and related costs.
Individual Program Site Visits
We welcome individual visitors to SIT programs. To best serve the objectives of both the visitor and the SIT Study Abroad program staff, we request information in advance from prospective visitors; please download our SIT Study Abroad Site Visit Questionnaire (PDF), complete it, and return it to us as promptly as possible. We prefer one to two months of advance notice, but we may be able to accommodate short visits with less notification.
For more information on individual site visit opportunities, please contact our director of University Relations, Marianne Jorgensen, by email at Marianne.Jorgensen@sit.edu or call toll-free 888 272-7881.
“I've been back in the office only a couple of days, and I have already used my site visit experience numerous times! The site visit experience is absolutely invaluable in advising and preparing students pre-departure, and also gives me more credibility with faculty, students, and parents. Further, it translates to speaking about all SIT programs, not just Mongolia.”
—Stacey Woody Thebodo
Assistant Director, International Programs & Off-Campus Study
888.272.7881 (toll-free in US)
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Brattleboro, VT 05302 USA