Visit a Program

SIT invites education abroad professionals, academic advisors, faculty members, and student affairs staff from universities and colleges throughout the U.S. to visit an SIT program to acquire firsthand knowledge of SIT’s field-based academic programs. Group site visits take place annually and accommodate 10–15 participants. We also offer Individual site visits to best maximize your exposure to a program and meet your specific objectives.

Group Site Visits and Open Houses
We design group site visits and open houses to help university study abroad staff and faculty learn more about SIT’s field-based, experiential study abroad programs and how they can be integrated into the curriculum of your institution. Participants have opportunities to meet SIT academic and program directors and affiliated faculty, observe classes and fieldwork assignments, interact with students and homestay families, and learn more about the Independent Study Project, internships, and other fieldwork. Visitors actively engage with program topics and local communities and culture.

Please note that there is a participation fee for week-long site visits. This ranges from $400 for shorter visits to $1,000 for longer visits. Most visits will incur a fee of $750. The fee includes single accommodations, all program activities, and most meals and local transportation.

Site visit participants are responsible for all international air travel, visa and immunization expenses, and a few meals during the week. SIT 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.

2022-2023 Group Site Visits

Lisbon, Portugal
October 23-29, 2022
Application and expression of interest due Sept. 15, 2022
Site visit fee will be $750

Visit one of the newest SIT programs: Portugal: Sustainability and Environmental Justice. Participants will meet SIT program staff, hear from program lecturers, visit our partner, see an excursion site, and experience other aspects of the program.

Oaxaca, Mexico
February 27-March 4, 2023
Application and expression of interest due Nov. 1, 2022
Site visit fee will be $750

Experience a program that explores one of the hottest political issues of contemporary U.S. politics: Mexico: Migration, Borders, and Transnational Communities. Join other international educators and administrators in Oaxaca to explore the current realities and human impacts of undocumented migration, border enforcement, and related international political and social tensions. Site visitors will meet SIT’s Mexico program staff and key lecturers, join students for discussions on migration, visit local partners, and meet homestay families.

Durban & Cape Town, South Africa
March 12-18, 2023
Application and expression of interest due Nov. 1, 2022
Site visit fee will be $750

Visit one of SIT’s largest enrollment centers, where more than 21 programs often run in a single year, including high school, study abroad, custom programs, and global MA programs. Meet Academic Directors Stewart Chirova in Cape Town, Imraan Buccus and Zed McGladdery in Durban, IHP Country Coordinators Nicholas Eppel and Nicole Van Heerden, and other SIT staff and faculty. Participants will visit both Durban and Cape Town and learn about our program operations in South Africa.

Application Process
To be considered for one of these site visits, please submit a brief 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)? Does your institution already send students to this/these programs?
  • How would you anticipate sharing what you learn on this visit when you return to your college or university?

Please address your inquiry or letter of interest to Karen Kray at karen.kray@sit.edu or by phone at 802.258-3269.

Individual Program Site Visits
To best serve the objectives of both the visitor and SIT Study Abroad program staff, we request information in advance from prospective visitors. Please complete our online SIT Study Abroad Site Visit Questionnaire and Request Form. We prefer one to two months of advance notice, but we may be able to accommodate short visits with less advance notification.

For more information on individual site visit opportunities, please contact Karen Kray by email at ProgramVisits@sit.edu or by phone (toll-free) at 888-272-7881.