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Experiential Study Abroad
SIT has been providing immersive, field-based study abroad programs for undergraduates for more than 50 years. SIT programs are based on the experiential learning model, which merges hands-on learning with reflection. Programs combine classroom learning with time spent in the field observing, interacting with local stakeholders, and learning from local experts.
Site visits and other learning experiences are relevant to the program’s theme. A program focused on global health may include visits to hospitals, rural clinics, or refugee camps. A program focused on economy may include an internship with a local business or financial institution. Students studying climate change and natural resource management may spend extensive time in nature reserves and national parks.
This experiential approach gives you the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of a critical global issue. You may find yourself interviewing local community members in the local language (with the help of a translator, when necessary), observing wildlife in its natural habitat, practicing a local art form, or participating in a community project designed by local development experts.
One of my favorite aspects of the SIT programs is their emphasis on experiential education. We had the opportunity to not only learn about the culture and the history [of India] during lectures, but to actually visit these incredible places. Every piece of learning was contextualized within the history of the country and the reality of living in India today.
Seneca Rasey (Lehigh University), India: National Identity and the Arts alum