SIT Faculty Seminars Abroad

SIT Faculty Seminars Abroad


SIT Study Abroad is pleased to introduce our faculty seminars abroad for 2018. Each seminar will explore critical global issues by 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 each participant the opportunity to become deeply engaged in a topic through lectures, site visits, and connections to local academics, researchers, and other knowledge sources. Participants can expect to examine topics through multiple rich and 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
  • Be deeply immersed in the seminar’s topic and culture of the host country
  • Benefit from SIT’s broad network of resources in country and SIT’s own dynamic and experienced program faculty leaders
  • Be able to apply the knowledge and expertise gained to your professional work and courses at your home institution

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

2018 Faculty Seminars Abroad

Estimated fees: $2,700–$3,100

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 Health Care Systems in India

Dates: May 22–30, 2018
Locations: Delhi, Udaipur, and Agra, 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.

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 distinct geographic region, which may lead to the development of a faculty-led customized program in that location in the future
  • 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 offering 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
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

Admissions Process

Stay tuned! Applications for the 2018 Faculty Seminars Abroad will be available starting in summer 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants will be notified of admissions decisions within two to three weeks of applying. 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. 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. Financial aid applications will be available along with program applications in summer 2017.


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