Professional Engagement Programs

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

Wendy McIntyre, University of Redlands
SIT Seminar in Ecuador

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

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

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 geographic 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

Thematic Faculty Seminar
Africa Rising: Hip-Hop, Politics, and Religion in Senegal

Dates: Postponed to Summer 2022 – new dates will be announced soon
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. 

Applications are currently closed for this seminar and will open again once new program dates are announced.

Professional Development Certificate
Designing and Leading Global Experiential Programs: On-site and Online 

Dates: 8 weeks; early-February through early-April, 2021
Location: Online

Topics of Inquiry: This professional development certificate engages faculty and study abroad professionals in best practices and ethical considerations in developing engaging and experiential short-term programming, on-site and online. Participants can opt in to participate in an additional and supplementary field seminar (field seminar details listed below).

We are no longer accepting applications for this certificate.

Field Seminar
(re)Construction of Race, Racism, and Narrative in South Africa

Dates: May 31 – June 5, 2021
Location: Online

We are currently accepting applications for this virtual field seminar. Admission is on a rolling basis and the extended application deadline is March 5, 2021. Applications can be found on the virtual field seminar page.


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

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

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


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