Admissions Steps

Opening Dates:

  • September 15 for summer programs
  • January 15 for fall programs
  • April 15 for spring programs
Closing Dates:
  • March 21 for Brazil summer programs
  • April 1 for all other summer and IHP Cities and Health fall programs
  • May 1 for the fall Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Brazil programs
  • May 15 for all other fall programs
  • October 1 for the spring IHP Cities and Health programs
  • November 1 for all other spring programs

SIT Study Abroad welcomes applications from undergraduate students who:

  • Are in good academic standing at an accredited college or university.
  • Have completed at least one year of college-level coursework at the time of application and preferably two years for IHP/Comparative programs. (Exceptions: only one semester of college coursework is required for summer programs.)
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher
  • Meet stated prerequisites for the programs to which they are applying. Prerequisite information is available on program-specific web pages and in the SIT Study Abroad course catalog.

The admissions committee strives to select students who will be the best possible match for a program. All applicants should submit strong academic references and demonstrate a consistent academic record, clear motivation to study abroad, solid reasoning for their program choice, and an understanding of the program model.

Students are encouraged to meet with their college or university study abroad advisors, academic advisors, and faculty to assist in program selection and preparation.

Rolling Admissions Dates
SIT Study Abroad has rolling admissions, which means that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening and closing dates of an application cycle. Many programs fill long before the published closing dates, so please be sure to submit your application early. Applications can be started at any time.

Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission. This means that transcripts, recommendations, and any additional required materials must all be received in a timely fashion. It is your responsibility to ensure the timely arrival of all application materials.

Complete applications received prior to the opening date will be reviewed after the opening date has passed. Information on application status will not be available until after the opening date for the term under review. Students, advisors, and faculty are welcome to check on an application’s status after the opening date.

We encourage you to contact our office early in the application process to discuss your program choice, as you begin planning your study abroad experience. We anticipate programs will continue to fill early, and we recommend applying close to the opening dates. You should also specify a second-choice program.

You must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the program ends. If you do not, you should apply for one at once, even before you complete your SIT Study Abroad application. Passport and Visa Information

How to apply
To apply to an SIT Study Abroad program, you will need to submit the following materials. Please note that we will not review your application until we have received all of these materials. You can also access program-specific application materials by clicking on the "Apply Now" button on each program page.

Required materials for semester programs:

  • Application
  • Program-specific requirements as listed in the application packet
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Student disclosure and approval of participation form (signed by your study abroad office)
  • Two academic references from professors or your academic advisor
  • Official transcript(s) from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • If you are applying to two SIT Study Abroad programs for two different terms, you will need to download, complete, and submit the Multiple Term Acknowledgement Form (PDF.) Learn more about spending multiple terms abroad with SIT (PDF.)

Apply Online.  You can also download PDF copies of application forms on our website.

Take note of program-specific requirements
Because SIT Study Abroad programs differ considerably from country to country, each program requires a different set of application materials. Requirements differ due to prerequisites and program-specific components such as Independent Study Projects and homestays. Applicants to some programs are asked to provide additional materials related to the host country’s visa requirements, including pre-visa forms, passport photos, and passport photocopies.

Go to your program page and click "Apply Now" to view prerequisites and program-specific requirements for your program of choice.