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Return to Study Abroad
SIT’s 60th Anniversary Educational Travel Programs for Alumni and Friends
SIT invites alumni and friends to join us in celebrating our 60 years of experiential global education with a series of special opportunities to “Return to Study Abroad” coming in 2024.
What is SIT Return to Study Abroad?
These unique programs for alumni and friends of SIT invite you to return to the country where you studied abroad, visit another SIT site of interest, or share the SIT experience with family and friends. Building on SIT’s experiential approach to Critical Global Issues, these programs are modeled after our group site visits and include features that will be familiar to our alumni.
SIT is launching the Return to Study Abroad (RSA) programs in 2024 to coincide with our 60th Anniversary. What better way to celebrate this important milestone than by sharing SIT’s unique brand of experiential learning with alumni and friends! Your participation is a way to support SIT and ensure that we can provide life-changing experiences for students for many years to come.
These week-long programs will run in March through June 2024. Please see below for specific program dates by location.
If you are not able to attend a Return to Study Abroad program but would still like to support SIT and future students, we invite you to share a donation.
Browse Our Programs
Click each program below to learn more!
ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires & Patagonia
Dates: March 10 – 17, 2024
Themes: Urban epidemiology and the challenges and inequities in public health policy in Buenos Aires. Climate change and impacts on vulnerable ecosystems in Southern Patagonia.
Critical Global Issues: Global Health & Well-being, Development & Inequality, Climate & Environment
Tentative Itinerary: View here
More than 30 percent of Argentina’s population lives in greater Buenos Aires, making it an ideal site to see the marked contrasts of wealth and poverty and related disparities in health. On this Return to Study Abroad program, visit the nation’s top health university and policy think tank and participate in other activities to better understand public health in a major urban space. Then fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost tip of South America on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Experience the unique environments and biodiversity of Southern Patagonia and examine the conservation challenges posed by the impacts of climate change and human behavior. While there, go on an excursion to Isla Martillo to visit the colony of Gentoo and Magellanic penguins, and end the week with a boat ride through the Beagle channel.
SIT’s first program in Argentina ran in 2000.
SOUTH AFRICA: Cape Town, Stellenbosch & Safari
Dates: April 7 – 14, 2024
Themes: Multiculturalism and human rights, race and identity, and wildlife conservation.
Critical Global Issues: Peace & Justice, Development & Inequality
Tentative Itinerary: View here
Starting from SIT’s learning center in Cape Town, learn how race relations continue to be shaped by a range of contested histories, politics, resistance, activism, and rights-based rhetoric. Journey to key sites such as the District Six Museum to learn about the Apartheid-era forced removal of residents based on race, and Robben Island, the prison that held the late South African President Nelson Mandela. Finally, embark on excursions to the Cape’s winelands and a safari experience in the South African savanna, populated by big game, to learn about wildlife conservation efforts.
SIT’s first program to South Africa was in 1992. Today, our Cape Town learning center is one of our busiest, hosting three semester programs, two summer programs, two IHP programs, a Global Master’s program and other graduate study courses and students completing practica.
JORDAN: Amman, Petra & the Dead Sea
Dates: April 13 – 20, 2024
Themes: Humanitarian responses to the regional refugee crisis; refugee health; history and politics of the Middle East; Jordan’s role in promoting peace and security
Critical Global Issues: Identity & Human Resilience; Geopolitics & Power; Climate & Environment
Tentative Itinerary: View here
On this Return to Study Abroad, start in Jordan’s capital, Amman, and get a firsthand look at the ongoing humanitarian response to refugees resettlement. Visit NGOs and community-based organizations that provide humanitarian assistance to refugees and displaced persons. Attend lectures and meet with think tank organizations to gain a deeper understanding of Jordan’s role in Middle East geopolitics and peace building. Then, travel to Petra for a star gazing night tour before heading to Wadi Rum, known as the Valley of the Moon, for a Jeep tour through the desert. Finally, stop at the Dead Sea before heading back to Amman.
SIT first welcomed students to Jordan in 2005. Since then, Jordan has become a key location for study abroad programs, hosting nearly 1,500 students since launching that first program.
Who should participate?
RSA programs are intended to replicate the signature SIT Study Abroad experience, complete with experiential site visits to partner organizations, excursions, guest lectures from local academics and community leaders, and visits with families in SIT’s homestay network. These programs are open to alumni of SIT programs, including IHP and The Experiment, their families, and other friends of SIT. Daily activities are designed and best suited for adult learners. Childcare will not be available.
Each RSA program will welcome a cohort of approximately 12 people to join local and international SIT staff for an unforgettable experience.
Registration has been extended to January 5, 2024.
To save your space please complete the registration form below. Upon receiving your registration, SIT will share instructions for how to submit your $750 nonrefundable deposit, which reserves your space. Each person should submit their own registration, but family members and friends are encouraged to note their fellow travelers in their registration form to ensure space is available for everyone in your party on your chosen program. The balance of your program fee will be due no later than 90 days prior to your program start date.
Registration for the RSA programs is on a rolling basis. Your spot will be confirmed upon receipt of your deposit. If a program fills, we will maintain a waitlist for interested participants.
The total cost of the RSA Programs are:
- Argentina: $4,900 per person
- South Africa: $3,900 per person
- Jordan: $4,400 per person
Registrants must pay a non-refundable $750 deposit per person to secure their spot on the program. The full program fee includes:
- Single-room hotel accommodations*
- Most meals, including special welcome and farewell dinners
- Transportation to all scheduled program activities, including airport pick-up and send-off
- All program activities
- International travel health insurance and health and safety support during the program
- Pre-departure preparation materials
Program fees do not include:
- International airfare to/from program destination
- Passport and/or visa application fees, if required
- Immunizations, if needed
- Personal expenses including activities/meals during free time
*If you would like to share a room with another specific participant on the program, please indicate this on your registration form. Each of you will receive a $300 discount on your program fee.