Designing and Leading Global Experiential Programs: On-site and Online

Certificate Program Overview

Through eight online modules, blending synchronous and asynchronous learning, this professional development certificate dives deep into the best practices for faculty-led, short-term study abroad programs and experiential education—whether in person or online. Join a cohort of faculty and 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. 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.

At a Glance

Dates: This online certificate program will take place over a period of eight weeks starting in July of 2022. We will meet synchronously the weeks of June 6 through July 25, with a week of asynchronous independent project work the week of July 4.

Cost: $2,160

Who should participate? This certificate program is open to faculty and study abroad professionals who are engaged with developing, managing, implementing, or running global education programs.

How To Apply ? To apply for this certificate program see below for details and download the application here. Limited scholarships will be available; see below for details and contact us for more information at facultyseminars@sit.edu.

Application Deadline: Admissions is on a rolling basis with a final application deadline of April 1, 2022.

Cohort size: Enrollment will be capped at 15.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this certificate program, participants will be able to:

  • Implement the theory and practice of experiential education into on-site and online programs
  • Demonstrate an understanding and ability to implement best practices and ethical considerations in short-term programming
  • Develop effective, ethical, and transformative academically focused programs
  • Analyze the common challenges of experiential study abroad programs, and develop solutions
  • Design and lead activities to help students reflect and debrief their experiences
  • Integrate anti-racist and decolonizing practices for study abroad
  • Create effective evaluation and assessment tools
Curriculum

All sessions, except those marked with an asterisk (*), will be asynchronous to allow for self-paced learning. Synchronous sessions will be scheduled to meet participants’ schedules, when possible, and will be recorded and made available to those who are unable to attend. For synchronous time, participants should expect 60 minutes per week for Small Group Coaching and 75 minutes per week for Whole Group Discussion sessions

Welcome: Community Building and Experiential Education  (Week 1)

Dates: Week of June 6, day and time TBD

As an introduction to the certificate program, this module aims to build community amongst the cohort of participants and set the stage for the assignments, sessions, and learning to follow. Participants will have the chance to engage with one another, develop program ideas, and identify ways to enhance and strengthen faculty-led study abroad at their home institutions through the assignments, readings, and reflections, as well as a small group coaching session. We will review Experiential Education Theory and prepare to apply this iteratively across the next sessions.

  • Welcome, Introductions, and Program Overview* 
  • Community-building Activity*
  • Self-assessment 
  • Theory and Practice of Experiential Education in Study Abroad Curriculum 
  • Program Development Readings, Assignments, and Reflections 
  • Small Group Coaching and Feedback Session*

Introduction to Experiential Education in Decolonizing Study Abroad  (Week 2)

Dates: Week of June 13, day and time TBD

Looking through a critical lens, this module explores how experiential education model can be integrated into faculty-led programs, as well as the responsibility of global educators in decolonizing study abroad. Participants will continue to develop their program ideas and will have a small group coaching session and a module debrief/reflection.

  • Theory and Practice of Experiential Education in Study Abroad Curriculum
  • Decolonizing Your Study Abroad Curriculum
  • Program Development Readings, Assignments, and Reflections 
  • Small Group Coaching and Feedback Session*
  • Module Debrief, Discussion, and Reflection Session*

Basic Principles: Program Design, Best Practices, and Sustainability (Week 3)

Dates: Week of June 20, day and time TBD

SIT is a thought-leader in engaging and experiential program design. This module pulls from this expertise to explore the basic principles and best prSIT is a thought-leader in engaging and experiential program design. This module pulls from this expertise to explore the basic principles and best practices for designing programs, both on-site and on-line. This module introduces aspects of sustainability as a key element of best practices. Participants will continue to develop their program ideas and will have a small group coaching session and a module debrief/reflection.

  • Basic Principles and Best Practices for Program Design
  • Sustainability and Fair-Trade Practices in Study Abroad 
  • Program Development Readings, Assignments, and Reflections 
  • Small Group Coaching and Feedback Sessions*
  • Module Debrief, Discussion, and Reflection Session*

Special Topics in Program Design: Ethics, Collaboration, and Assessment (Week 4)

Dates: Week of June 27, day and time TBD

Aligning with best practices in the field, this module explores the ethical considerations in experiential program design. Additionally, participants will be able to choose a special topics session between collaborating with study abroad providers, which helps participants better understand the benefits of a custom program partnership, or evaluation and assessment, which aids participants with best practices for on-line and on-site programs. Participants will continue to develop their programs and will have a small group coaching session and a module debrief/reflection.

  • Ethical Design Principles for Experiential Programs Abroad
  • Choose one of the following sessions: 
    • Collaborating with Providers on Faculty-Led Programs
    • Evaluating and Assessing Experiential Programs: On-site and Virtual
  • Program Development Readings, Assignments, and Reflections 
  • Small Group Coaching and Feedback Sessions*
  • Module Debrief, Discussion, and Reflection Session*

Independent Project Development (Week 5)

Dates: Week of July 4, asynchronous

This week will be focused on developing the individual projects that will be presented in week 8. Small group coaching sessions support these projects and this week will be focused on project research and drafting.

Navigating Common Challenges (Week 6)

Dates: Week of July 11, day and time TBD

This module will bring the group back together after a brief break to reconnect and continue to build community amongst the cohort of participants. Participants will be able to choose from sessions on language and culture; safety and security; or privilege, power, and positionality. Participants will continue to develop their programs and will have a small group coaching session and a module debrief/reflection.

  • Community-Building Activity*
  • Engaging with and Addressing Privilege, Power, and Positionality
  • Choose 2 of the following sessions: 
    • Strategies for Overcoming Cultural Differences and Language Barriers
    • Ensuring Safety, Security, and Health: In the Field and On-line
  • Program Development Readings, Assignments, and Reflections 
  • Small Group Coaching and Feedback Sessions*
  • Module Debrief, Discussion, and Reflection Session*

Leadership Skill-building Sessions (Week 7) 

Dates: Week of July 18, day and time TBD

Aiming to elevate and develop transformational leadership skills, this module allows participants to choose sessions focusing on leading intentional debrief and reflection sessions with students, managing group dynamics, integrating anti-racist strategies into faculty-led programming, and cross-cultural communication. Participants will finalize their program ideas and will have a small group coaching session and a module debrief/reflection

  • Anti-racist Strategies for Study Abroad
  • Choose 2 of the following sessions: 
    • Best Practices in Leading Debrief and Reflection Sessions
    • Tips and Strategies for Managing Group Dynamics
    • Effective Cross-cultural Communication
  • Program Development Readings, Assignments, and Reflections 
  • Small Group Coaching and Feedback Sessions*
  • Module Debrief, Discussion, and Reflection Session* 

Program Wrap-Up and Evaluation (Week 8) – special closing session

Dates: Week of July 25, day and time TBD

In the final week, participants will present the programs they have developed and the ways they integrated the module lessons into their program plans. These presentations will allow participants a practical way to bring together and start to apply the skills and knowledge they’ve gained during the certificate program. We will extend this session to 2 hours, or split the session depending on class size, to allow for presentation time.

Participants will complete a post-program self-assessment and program evaluation. Additionally, participants will come together for a final debrief and reflection session, and will be awarded their certificates for completing the Designing and Leading Global Experiential Programs: On-site and On-line program.

  • Program Presentations*
  • Post-Program Self-assessment
  • Final Debrief, Discussion, and Reflection Session*
  • Awarding of Certificates*
  • Program Evaluation

Faculty & Staff

The certificate program will be facilitated by SIT Academic Deans, Academic Directors, Country Coordinators, and the SIT Custom Programs team who are thought leaders and leading practitioners in experiential education. Each of these facilitators has extensive experience developing and implementing successful study abroad programs that are rooted in experiential education and critical global issues, all developed through a social justice lens. The SIT Custom Programs team will facilitate the debrief, discussion, and reflection sessions, as well as the small group coaching and feedback sessions.

Bios of facilitators are pending and will be posted at a later time.

Admissions Process & Eligibility

Eligibility & Admissions Criteria

To apply for this certificate program, download the application here. (LINK), Admissions is on a rolling basis with a final application deadline of April 1, 2022. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions within two weeks of applying.

Faculty, study abroad staff, and other school staff or administrators from U.S. institutions of higher learning are invited to apply. 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 are preferred.

How To Apply ?

How to Apply: Applications are now open here. To apply, please download and complete application and email a completed copy to facultyseminars@sit.edu.

Tuition & Scholarships

The total cost for the on-line certificate program is $2,160. The optional Virtual Field Seminar is an additional cost.

A nonrefundable $400 deposit will be due within three weeks of notification of admission. Payment in full is due 30 days prior to the start of the program.

A limited number of partial fee waivers are available.  Award decisions are based on financial need and other factors. To apply for a scholarship for this certificate program, download a scholarship application. Completed scholarship application forms should be returned to facultyseminars@sit.edu.