Visit an SIT Program
“I thought I understood the SIT model for study abroad, but having the opportunity to witness it in action is a completely different thing. I feel that I have a much clearer understanding of the benefits of this type of program and which of my students would clearly thrive on an SIT program.”
-- Katie Hunter Perkins, Director of International Programs, Whittier College
We encourage faculty and staff from universities and colleges throughout the US to acquire firsthand knowledge of SIT’s field-based academic programs. We offer group program visits each year, and we can also accommodate individual program visits.
SIT Study Abroad will offer three site visits in 2012-2013:
featuring the Mongolia: Geopolitics and the Environment program. This is scheduled prior to the CIEE conference in Shanghai.
(Site visit dates: November 10–12, 2012)
- RABAT, MOROCCO
featuring the Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media program. We encourage faculty and administrators with an interest and/or expertise in journalism and media to apply.
(Site visit dates: March 16–23, 2013)
- BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA and ARICA, CHILE
featuring the Argentina: Public Health in Urban Spaces and the Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment programs. We encourage faculty and administrators with an interest and/or expertise in public health to apply.
(Site visit dates: April 13–20, 2013)
Group Program Site Visits
Group site visits are designed to help university study abroad staff and faculty learn more about our field-based, experiential study abroad programs and to further understand how they can be integrated into the curriculum of the home institution. Participants will have opportunities to meet SIT academic directors and affiliated faculty, observe classes and fieldwork assignments, and interact with students and homestay families. SIT group program site visits enable visitors to actively engage with program topics and the local culture.
Group site visit application:
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 Marianne.Jorgensen@sit.edu or call 888.272.7881.
Please note there is a $500 fee for participation, which 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 immunizations expenses, and a few meals during the week. SIT generally 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.
The deadline to apply for these group site visits is November 15, 2012.
Individual Program Site Visits
We welcome individual visitors to SIT programs. To best serve the objectives of both the visitor and the SIT Study Abroad program staff, we request information in advance from prospective visitors; please download our SIT Study Abroad Site Visit Questionnaire (PDF), 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 Director of University Relations, Marianne Jorgensen, by email at Marianne.Jorgensen@sit.edu or call toll-free 888.272.7881.
“I've been back in the office only a couple of days, and I have already used my site visit experience numerous times! The site visit experience is absolutely invaluable in advising and preparing students pre-departure, and also gives me more credibility with faculty, students, and parents. Further, it translates to speaking about all SIT programs, not just Mongolia.”
Stacey Woody Thebodo
Assistant Director, International Programs & Off-Campus Study