Visit a Program

SIT invites education abroad professionals, academic advisors, faculty members, and student affairs staff from universities and colleges throughout the US to visit an SIT program to acquire firsthand knowledge of SIT’s field-based academic programs. Group site visits occur annually and generally accommodate 12–15 participants. Individual site visits are scheduled to best maximize your exposure to the program and meet your specific objectives.

Group Site Visits and Open Houses
Group site visits and open houses are designed to help university study abroad staff and faculty learn more about SIT’s field-based, experiential study abroad programs and to better understand 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 the local culture.

Please note, there is a participation fee for week-long site visits ranging from $400 for shorter visits to $1,000 for longer visits. Most visits will incur a fee of $650. The fee includes single accommodations, all program activities, and most meals and local transportation.

Site visit participants are generally 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.

2019–2020 Program Site Visits

Bilbao, Spain
February 29—March 4, 2020

This four-day visit in Bilbao will provide participants an in-depth review of the program and first-hand experience in the program topic: Spain: Policy, Law, and Regional Autonomy in Europe. Participants will meet SIT program staff, hear from program lecturers, visit our partner University of Duesto, and meet homestay families, as well as other activities that make SIT Spain is Not Your Ordinary Study Abroad program. This site visit will conclude after dinner on Wednesday to allow participants to visit other programs/partners for the remainder of the week.

There will be a $400 participation fee for this site visit.

Application due November 15, 2019

Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji

March 11-21, 2020

Explore an issue of utmost importance to the region and expand your capacity to advise students on non-traditional locations by visiting Samoa: Social and Environmental Change in Oceania

There will be a $750 participation fee for this site visit, which includes the flights from Honolulu to Samoa and Samoa to Fiji, as well as most in-country expenses, single accommodations, all program activities, and most meals and local transportation. Participants will be responsible for their flight charges to Honolulu and return from Fiji.

Application due November 15, 2019

Application Process
To be considered for one of these site visits, please submit a 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)?
  • 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, associate director of University Relations, 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 download our SIT Study Abroad Site Visit application, complete it, and return it to us as promptly as possible. We prefer one to two months of advance notice, but we may be able to accommodate short visits with less notification.

For more information on individual site visit opportunities, please contact our senior university relations manager, Wanda Dutton, by email at ProgramVisits@sit.edu or by phone (toll-free) at 888.272-7881.