SIT Graduate Institute Quick Facts

SIT Graduate Institute Quick Facts

  • Date founded: 1964*
  • Date accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC): 1974

*History notes: Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver was a participant in World Learning’s flagship program — The Experiment in International Living — and drew upon his experiences with The Experiment to create the Peace Corps model. Shriver invited The Experiment to help train the first Peace Corps Volunteers in 1961, and SIT developed out of that partnership.

Fall 2013 Entering Class
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management 25
International Education 29
Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation 13
Sustainable Development (Vermont Campus) 23
Sustainable Development (Washington, DC Center) 43
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 25
International Education Low-Residency 13
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Low-Residency 14
Total 185

International Student Statistics
International Students 24%
Countries Represented* 29
Languages Spoken 56
Former Peace Corps Volunteers (all degrees) 24
Median Age (all degrees) 31.5
Student to Teacher Ratio 8:1

*Countries represented include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, India, Iraq, Kenya, Korea (South), Kosovo, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Oman, Rwanda, Singapore, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

Career Development
SIT’s Career and Practicum Services Center provides career guidance, as well as job search, networking, and professional development assistance, including: resume writing assistance, workshops, and information on potential practicum placements.

Recent Alumni Positions

  • Emergency Response Team Grants Coordinator, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Erbil, Iraq
  • ESL Professor, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO
  • Director of Studies , EMBI Language School, Korea
  • Country Director, Action Aid, Monrovia, Liberia
  • Senior Foreign Assistance Policy Analyst, Bread for the World, Washington, DC
  • Intercultural Training Specialist & Adjunct Faculty, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Director of International Education, Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ
  • Director of Women in Leadership, Center for Women in Government & Civil Society, New York, NY
  • Emerging Markets Development Advisor and International Relations Fellow at King Hussein Foundation, Amman, Jordan

Costs and Financial Aid

Total Tuition for Two-Year Programs (as of 2013-2014)*

Full-Time Vermont Campus Programs $37,410
Washington, DC Center Programs $33,310
International Education Low-Residency Program $37,350
TESOL Low-Residency Program $30,600

*These rates do not include fees, room and board, housing, books and supplies, transportation or personal expenses.

  • Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 90
  • Amount of gift aid awarded by SIT annually: $1.4 million


  • Percentage of students living on SIT’s Vermont campus*: 50
    *SIT does not provide housing at its Washington, DC Center.

Graduation Rates

Degree Track
Percent of Students Who Graduate Within 150% of Time Allowed
Full-time program in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management (Sustainable Development; Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation; International Education; Service, Leadership, and Management) 75%
Full-time MA in TESOL 88%
TESOL, Low Residency 100%
MA in Sustainable Development (Washington, DC) 90%

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