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Professional Engagement Programs

SIT-led Professional Development Seminars for Faculty and Study Abroad Professionals

SIT invites faculty and study abroad professionals from our partner institutions and beyond to join us on a Professional Engagement Program in 2025.

Applications for programs in 2025 are now open! Apply below.

What are SIT Professional Engagement Programs?

SIT offers several kinds of professional engagement programs for faculty and study abroad professionals including:

  • Skills-building training seminars focused on best practices for integrating experiential learning activities into short-term/faculty-led study abroad programs
  • Academically focused seminars that allow participants to explore a topic in depth in a particular geographical and cultural context
  • Certificate programs for faculty and study abroad professionals
  • Customizable seminars, workshops, and professional development opportunities for school partners

This seminar was the best thing I’ve done for my own education in my field in all my [16] years of teaching.

Wendy McIntyre, University of Redlands
SIT Seminar in Ecuador

Browse Our Programs

Click each program below to learn more!

Thematic Seminar – India: Public Health, Well-being, and Community Action: Beyond Western Narratives of Gender and Sexuality

Dates: January 5 – January 12, 2025
Location: New Delhi, Palampur, McLeod Ganj, India
Cost: $3,250
Tentative Itinerary: View here
Application: Apply by Sunday, October 6, 2024

Topics of Inquiry: The discourse surrounding gender and sexuality within the public health context in India is changing. Participants will be introduced to these alternative narratives from NGO officials, activists, academics, practitioners, and policymakers. Participants will spend time in Delhi and rural Palampur, surrounded by the Dhauladhar range of the Himalaya, with a visit to McLeod Ganj-the abode of His holiness Dalai Lama.

Best suited for: This academically focused seminar allows faculty to explore a topic in depth in a particular geographical and cultural context. University/Study Abroad staff also welcome to apply. 

Skills-based Seminar – Senegal: Centering Decolonial Perspectives in Global Experiential Learning, Program Design, and Leadership

Dates:  July 13 – 20, 2025
Location: Dakar, Senegal
Cost: $3,250
Tentative Itinerary: View here
Application: Apply by Sunday, April 13, 2025

Topics of Inquiry: Through this immersive and experiential training program, participants delve into best practices for integrating experiential learning and decolonial perspectives into global program design, using Senegal as a case study. You’ll explore SIT’s field-based approaches and pedagogy and learn to infuse short-term, faculty-led programs with decolonial, ethical, and reciprocal strategies. The program will be based in the capital city of Dakar, the westernmost point of continental Africa, and will include a day trip to the Island of Gorée, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of great historical significance.

Best suited for: This skills-building seminar is ideal for higher education study abroad professionals and faculty who are engaged in the development and leadership of global educational programs, or advise those who are. 

Virtual Certificate: Designing and Leading Global Experiential Programs

Dates:  This online certificate program will take place over a period of nine weeks, March 2025 – April 2025, with synchronous and asynchronous components. Participants’ existing schedule commitments will be considered and honored when scheduling synchronous sessions.
Location: Online
Cost: $2,000 
Learn More: View details here
Application: Apply by Sunday, January 12, 2025

Topics of Inquiry: Join a cohort of faculty, study abroad colleagues, and SIT’s thought-leaders and innovators in the field to build community, share ideas, and learn skills and strategies to implement best practices for developing engaging and experiential short-term programming.

Drawing on SIT Study Abroad’s expansive experience and expertise, this certificate program encourages participants to think critically, practice ethically, and develop programs that align with and elevate academic goals and objectives through eight online modules, blending synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Why Choose one of SIT’s Professional Engagement Programs?

Our rich network of resources, skilled academic directors, leadership in experiential and field-based education, and years of experience working in each program location combine to create an engaging and immersive professional development experience. Participants learn from experts and innovators in the field—virtually or in-person—and build valuable new skills and knowledge. As a result of participating in an SIT Professional Engagement Program, you can expect to:

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

The SIT program met all of my professional and personal goals for academia. It was one of the highest quality faculty seminars I have had the pleasure of attending.

Participant on an SIT Seminar in Tunisia

Admissions Process & Eligibility

To apply, complete our online application form by your chosen program’s application deadline. Admissions is on a rolling basis until a program fills or the deadline passes. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions within two weeks of applying. You will receive your invoice upon acceptance. A nonrefundable $400 deposit will be due within three weeks of receiving your invoice. Your balance will be due 30 days prior to the start of the program.

Faculty, study abroad staff, and other school staff or administrators from higher education institutions are invited to apply to participate in these programs. Previous experience in designing or leading global programs is not required, though participants who have some responsibility for, or opportunities to engage in, global education activities for their institutions may find the greatest value in their attendance.

Program Fees

The total cost of participation for the Virtual Certificate Program is $2,000.

The total cost of participation for either on-site immersive seminar is $3,250. This fee includes:

  • Single-room accommodations in hotels/guest houses
  • Most meals, including special welcome/farewell meals
  • Transportation for all program activities, including airport pick-up and send-off
  • All program activities
  • International travel health insurance and health and safety support for the duration of the program
  • Pre-departure preparation materials

Program fees do not include:

  • International airfare to/from program destination
  • Passport and/or visa application service or fees, if required
  • Immunizations, if required
  • Personal expenses

Professional Engagement Programs are often professional development fund-eligible. Inquire with your institution about how to utilize professional development funding to attend.


A limited number of partial fee waivers are available. Award decisions are based on financial need and other factors. Depending on your need and availability, scholarships typically range from $250-500. To be considered, you must answer the scholarship application questions in our program application.


The seminar organizers did an excellent job packing the program with leaders of political parties, NGOs, and media. I was amazed at the access we had to such high-profile participants of the revolution and current government. The cultural outings also helped situate the present environment in the long history of Tunisia. Finally, having the opportunity to interact with faculty from around the country with diverse academic interests added to the intellectual rigor of the trip.

Kate Floros, University of Illinois at Chicago
SIT Seminar in Tunisia

I went on an SIT seminar to the program in Belgrade, Serbia, and Pristina, Kosovo. … 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 U.S. 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
SIT Seminar in Serbia and Kosovo

Learning about the diversity of Ecuador with SIT and with my wonderful seminar participants was an amazing experience that I am excited to incorporate into my courses! Highly recommended!

Participant on an SIT Seminar in Ecuador


Skills-Based Field Seminar: What Do We Mean by Decoloniality, Sustainability, and Epistemic Justice? Creating a Community of Practice in Cameroon

In partnership with Dickinson College

Location: Yaoundé, Cameroon
Topics of Inquiry: Through this seminar in Cameroon, participants will address the concepts of “Decoloniality, Sustainability, and Epistemic Justice.” We will begin to unpack the meaning(s) of these terms in an international education context using Cameroon as a case study and lens for furthering our own understanding. The program will be based in Yaoundé with an overnight excursion within Cameroon. 

Grounding Faculty-led Programs in Experiential Education Pedagogy & Decolonial Perspectives

Location: Accra, Ghana
Topics of Inquiry: Through this on-site, immersive skills-based seminar, participants will explore strategies for grounding global program design and delivery in the principles of experiential learning pedagogy and decolonial perspectives. Using Ghana as a case study, you’ll gain a new perspective on Africa’s cosmopolitanism, one that complicates and defies Eurocentric representations.

Critical Approaches to Activism, Advocacy & Policy in Southeast Europe

Location: Belgrade, Serbia
Topics of Inquiry: As the largest urban space in Southeast Europe, Belgrade is home to numerous social justice movements, local NGOs, dynamic civic activism, and advocacy work. In this seminar, participants will examine civic action on a variety of issues—from corruption scandals to demanding more democratic participation and socially just policies—on local, regional, and transnational trajectories.

Grounding Faculty-led programs in Experiential Education Pedagogy and Decolonial Perspectives

Location: Kathmandu, Namobuddha, and Dhulikhel, Nepal
Topics of Inquiry: This seminar will focus on best practices and strategies for grounding experiential learning pedagogy and decolonial perspectives in program design and implementation for successful faculty-led programs. Examine best practices in experiential learning for study abroad programs and build skills to ensure effective curriculum integration, design impactful programs, and navigate common challenges. Learn about SIT’s approach to field-based learning and consider how experiential pedagogy can enhance students’ experiences on faculty-led programs abroad.

Africa Rising: Hip Hop, Politics, and Critical Resilience in Senegal

Location: Dakar, Senegal
Topics of Inquiry: Explore the vitality, resilience, and global breadth of contemporary African and African diaspora communities. Examine hip-hop and urban cultures as decolonial voices that continuously engage the limits of coloniality, global capitalism, religious pluralism, and local political realities.

Identity, Privilege, and Power: Activities for Centering Decoloniality in Study Abroad Practices 

Location: Virtual
Topics of Inquiry: Identity, privilege, and power. Investigate practical activities that can be integrated into short-term and faculty-led programming to help students—and ourselves—think critically about issues of decolonizing studying abroad. You will walk away with experience using activities that can help your students move towards achieving a decolonial mindset. 

Integrating Experiential Learning into Faculty-Led Programs Abroad

Location: Amman, Jordan
Topics of Inquiry: Examine best practices in experiential learning for study abroad programs and build skills to ensure effective curriculum integration, design impactful programs, and navigate common challenges. Learn about SIT’s approach to field-based learning and consider how experiential pedagogy can enhance students’ experiences on faculty-led programs abroad. 

Art and Memory in Argentina

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Topics of Inquiry: How residents of Buenos Aires have made sense of the violence of the dictatorship and the period of State Terrorism through the arts

Community Health and Indigenous Knowledge in China

Location: Kunming, China
Topics of Inquiry: The intersection of “western” and “traditional” medicine in practice, policy, and community health in the city of Kunming and in Tibetan areas of Yunnan province

The New Tunisia: Migration and Democratic Consolidation

Location: Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
Topics of Inquiry: Current issues in Tunisia, where the only successful revolution of the Arab Spring ushered in a new democracy as well as an influx of migrants headed toward the European Union

Rwanda in the Contemporary Global Order

Locations: Kigali, Rwanda, with an excursion to southwestern Uganda
Topics of Inquiry: The contemporary roots of genocide; sociological and psychological perspectives on the causes of mass violence; prospects for and threats to sustainable peace in the Great Lakes Region of East Africa; the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention and the current refugee crisis

Public Health, Community, and Healthcare Systems in India

Locations: Delhi, Agra, and Dharamsala region, India
Topics of Inquiry: Introduction to India; public health systems in India; traditional and alternative healthcare practices; right to health and equity in Indian and global contexts; social determinants of health; women’s and children’s health

Geopolitics and Humanitarian Action in Jordan

Location: Amman, Jordan
Topics of Inquiry: International relations in the Middle East; the impact of immigrants and refugees in Jordan; causes and consequences of the Arab Spring; psychology of peace and diplomacy; priorities of intervention for refugee relief; the role of the UN and other agencies in humanitarian response

Comparative Ecology and Conservation in Ecuador

Location: Quito, Ecuador
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

Tunisia in Transition: Social and Political Transformation

Location: Greater Tunis Area, Tunisia
Topics of Inquiry: The dynamics between modernity and tradition; Islam and constitutional democracy; technology and youth culture; social and political transition in Tunisia