Visit an SIT Program

Vietnam site visitSIT 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 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 directors and affiliated faculty, observe classes and fieldwork assignments, interact with students and homestay families, and learn more about the Independent Study Project. Visitors  actively engage with program topics and the local culture.

Please note, there is typically a $650 participation fee for weeklong site visits; shorter visits will have a reduced fee. 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.

2018–2019 Program Site Visits & Open Houses

Open Houses

Geneva, Switzerland
September 14, 2018

Join us for lunch and an afternoon with our program staff following the European Association for International Education Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. This half-day group visit will take you to SIT’s program centers for both Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy and Switzerland: Global Health and Development Policy, where you will have the opportunity to meet staff and faculty and delve into the topics SIT students discover in Geneva.

Application due August 15, 2018

Prague, Czech Republic
October 20, 2018

We invite you to an open house following the Forum’s European Conference. You will visit a gallery exhibition of our students’ work and meet staff and faculty of SIT’s Czech Republic: Arts and Social Change program.

Application due August 15, 2018

Site Visits

Kathmandu, Nepal
March 9–16, 2019

Visit two SIT programs: Nepal: Development and Social Change and Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples. Explore SIT’s academic, experiential, and pedagogical approach to social change in Tibetan and Himalayan communities in Nepal.

Application due November 15, 2018

Tunis, Tunisia, and Palermo, Sicily
March 16–23, 2019

Visit SIT’s Tunisia and Italy: Politics and Religious Integration in the Mediterranean program to see how SIT examines the interplay of regional politics and migration from both sides of the Mediterranean.

Application due November 15, 2018

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 the results of this visit upon your return to your college or university?

Address letters and inquiries to ProgramVisits@sit.edu or call 888 272-7881.

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 assistant director of University Relations, Karen Kray, by email at ProgramVisits@sit.edu or by phone (toll-free) at 888 272-7881.