SIT Faculty Seminars Abroad

This 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; Ecuador, 2017


SIT Study Abroad is pleased to introduce faculty seminars abroad for 2019. Each seminar explores critical global issues, drawing on the rich academic resources of SIT program sites. Learn more about the critical global issues explored on SIT’s undergraduate programs.

SIT’s Faculty Seminars Abroad offer deep engagement in a topic through lectures, site visits, and connections to local academics, researchers, and other sources. You will examine topics through multiple, nuanced perspectives, benefitting from SIT Study Abroad’s experiential learning approach.

Seminar participants will:

  • Engage with in-country academics, researchers, and other local experts, as well as peers from other US institutions.
  • Become immersed in the seminar’s topic and the culture of the host country.
  • Benefit from SIT’s broad network of resources in-country as well as SIT’s dynamic and experienced program faculty leaders.
  • Be able to apply new knowledge and expertise to professional work and courses.

More information will be available for each seminar in the coming months. In the meantime, please visit the section on “Past Programs” to get an idea of the scope and structure of SIT’s faculty seminars. For questions, please contact

2019 Faculty Seminars Abroad

Fee: $2,990


Art and Memory in Argentina

Dates: June 2-9, 2019
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Topics of Inquiry: Analyze 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

Dates: June 4-12, 2019
Locations: Kunming, China
Topics of Inquiry: Study 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

Dates: June 8-16, 2019
Location: Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
Topics of Inquiry: Explore 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 towards the EU.

Admissions Process

To apply for one of SIT’s Faculty Engagement Seminars Abroad, please download the following application: Faculty Engagement Seminars Abroad 2019 Program Application and e-mail it as an attachment to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants will be notified of admissions decisions within three weeks of applying. The final application deadline is February 22, 2019. Upon notification of acceptance, a $400 non-refundable program deposit, along with additional confirmation materials, will be due in order to confirm a spot on the program.

Eligibility and Admissions Criteria

SIT Faculty Seminars Abroad are designed for active faculty from US institutions of higher learning, teaching in disciplines related to the seminar’s areas of focus.

Admissions decisions will be made based on the relevance of the seminar’s focus to the applicant’s academic background, research, and courses taught. Preference may be given to applicants and/or schools with past experience on SIT’s programs or site visits. An applicant’s experience in the program location may be considered, but in-country experience is not essential. Please see each program’s full description to help determine if the seminar might be a good fit with your experience and/or academic interests.

Program Fees and Billing

Fees for each program, along with what is included in that fee, are detailed in each seminar’s full description (see above). A non-refundable $400 deposit will be due after the final application deadline. Each participant will receive a bill for the balance of their program fees about two months before the start of the program. Payment (by check or credit card) is due in full by 30 days prior to the start of the program.

Financial Aid

Three $1,000 awards are available for each seminar; award decisions are based on financial need and other factors. 

To apply for financial aid for a Faculty Seminar Abroad with SIT, please download and complete the application.

Please e-mail completed financial aid applications to along with the completed seminar application.

Sustainable houseAs a result of participating in an SIT Faculty Seminar Abroad, you can expect to:

  • Acquire valuable experience with and expertise on a topic and/or region that can be applied to existing course offerings or developed into new courses
  • 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 that location
  • Acquire a new network of colleagues and experts around the world.

SIT Faculty Seminars Abroad offer participants all of the benefits of SIT’s half-century of experience with field-based, immersive educational programs worldwide. These benefits include:

  • Rich networks of academics, professionals, activists, community organizers, and civil servants in each location
  • Dedicated full-time faculty and staff
  • A deep commitment to social justice, intercultural communication, and community engagement.

What Past Participants Have to Say

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; Tunisia, 2017

I went on a SIT seminar to the program in Belgrade, Serbia, and Pristina, Kosovo in June of 2016. . . . 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 US. 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

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.

Tunisia participant, 2017

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!

Ecuador participant, 2017

2018 Faculty Seminars Abroad

Fee: $2,990


RwandaRwanda in the Contemporary Global Order

Dates: May 20–28, 2018
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


IndiaPublic Health, Community, and Healthcare Systems in India

Dates: May 22–30, 2018
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


JordanGeopolitics and Humanitarian Action in Jordan

Dates: June 13–21, 2018
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 UN and other agencies in humanitarian response

2017 Faculty Seminars Abroad

QuitoComparative Ecology and Conservation in Ecuador

Duration: June 12–20, 2017 (8 days)
Location: Quito
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.  


MosqueTunisia in Transition: Social and Political Transformation

Duration: May 19–27, 2017 (8 days)
Location: Greater Tunis Area
Topics of Inquiry: The dynamics between modernity and tradition; Islam and constitutional democracy; technology and youth culture; social and political transition in Tunisia.