Coronavirus Updates

World Learning, Inc., and its family of programs — including School for International Training (SIT) and The Experiment — are committed to prompt communications with all stakeholders impacted by the spread of COVID-19. Our teams and programs have been in close and frequent contact with students, parents, advisors, partner institutions, and others to inform them of changes necessitated by this situation. We will continue to directly communicate timely, relevant updates to them as needed. We will also continue to use and operationalize all resources at our disposal in our efforts to keep our constituents safe. 

The safety and security of World Learning / SIT students, faculty, and staff are of paramount importance and any action we take is with that concern foremost in our minds. World Learning is committed to meeting all situations head-on and taking all appropriate action to mitigate risk. Our priorities are to:

  • Ensure the safety, security, and well-being of students, program participants, faculty, and staff;
  • Uphold the values and mission of World Learning;
  • Maintain normal operations of the organization globally to the extent that it is safely possible to do so.

Contact Information

For questions regarding SIT Study Abroad and SIT Graduate Institute, please call 802.258.3212 or write to [email protected].

For questions regarding The Experiment, please call 800.345.2929 or write to [email protected]

Relevant World Learning/SIT Policies

SIT/World Learning COVID-19 FAQs

* Please note the asterisk denotes questions specifically intended for SIT Study Abroad students.

PROSPECTIVE AND ENROLLING SIT STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS*

How does SIT decide where it is safe to run programs?

Our Risk Assessment Committee conducts daily assessments of the status of the virus and related travel restrictions for all the countries we operate programming in. Around the clock, we monitor the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. State Department, International SOS, and local health advisories and government communiques.

We rely on a variety of sources for actual or potential risk to students and staff, including the U.S. State Department travel advisories, daily Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) news summaries, International SOS and AIG risk alerts, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) information, TRAVEX, local health ministries and other government sources, as well as global and local news sources. We also rely on our staff teams on the ground to provide proactive updates about issues of concern and potential impact to our students and site. Our staff, in turn, rely on local program networks, including local authorities, U.S. embassy services, and informal sources.

For more information about COVID-19 risk assessment please see our SIT Health and Safety Update In Response to COVID-19.

If I decide I am not comfortable traveling can I withdraw before the start of my program?*

Please review the SIT Program Protection plan for details, and the following additional resources

What if my program gets canceled prior to the start date?*

If we do make the difficult decision to modify or suspend any SIT program prior to departure, with the support of your home college/university we will work with you to find another program that fits your interests. If we suspend a program prior to departure and you don’t enroll in another program for that term, we will refund all direct payment to SIT, less your non-refundable $50 application fee.

What if my program is altered or suspended during my enrollment?*

If we decide that a program cannot continue in its current location, an alternative would be sought that allows students to maintain their enrollment for the semester and avoid disruption to their academic trajectory, either by moving the program, offering students the opportunity to continue their studies on another SIT program, or complete coursework online. When considering moving the program location or transferring students, SIT often covers all related transitional expenses. If a student decides to discontinue enrollment on their own, the voluntary withdrawal refund procedures would apply. Regarding federal and state financial aid, private loans, foundation sponsored or institutional grants and scholarships, students should check with their home school financial aid office for specific information.

Should I purchase flights and trip insurance?

As you book your flights, we encourage you to purchase Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) insurance plans. You should compare plans and ask questions to be sure the trip insurance policy you purchase covers your needs.

Some countries may also restrict flights entering from countries with level 3 or 4 travel warnings. Students should review their itineraries to ensure their destination is currently accepting arrivals from the countries on your purchased flight itinerary. If you have questions, please consult your SIT Admissions Counselor at 1-800-272-7881 inside the U.S. or 1-802-258-3212 outside the U.S. as you prepare to book travel.

I’m an international student. Should I be worried about my visa being denied or not being allowed into the program country(s) or out of my country of residence?*

If a student who resides outside of the U.S. is unable to participate in one of our programs, either in the U.S. or abroad, because their government prohibits them from leaving their home country or because the program host country government prohibits them from entering, SIT will refund all monies paid directly to SIT. If there is still a perceived concern 30 days prior to departure, please call our Admissions Office at 1-800-272-7881 inside the U.S. or 1-802-258-3212 outside the U.S. and we can work together to decide how best to proceed.

What can I expect from SIT as my program approaches?

Given this dynamic situation, we will be in close communication with enrolling students as we plan for the coming semesters. Contact our Admissions Office at 1-800-272-7881 inside the U.S. or 1-802-258-3212 outside the U.S. or [email protected] We would be glad to answer your questions.

To access SIT Health and Safety Update In Response to COVID-19, please see this page. To access current advisories through the CDC, please reference this page.

CDC education and outreach material is available in English, Spanish, and other languages.

To access advisories through the U.S. Department of State, please reference this page.

HEALTH

For all health-related questions pertaining to COVID-19, please see:

OTHER LOGISTICS AND INFORMATION

Location Risk Assessment Guidelines

This crisis management structure is designed to ensure that information is reported in a timely manner and that any incident classified as a crisis is escalated promptly to our team of experts, who are tasked with risk assessment and response.

Our Risk Assessment Committee and COVID-19 Task Force conduct daily assessments of the spread of the virus and related travel restrictions. Around the clock, we monitor the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. State Department, International SOS, and local health advisories and government communiques.

We rely on a variety of sources for actual or potential risk to students and staff, including the U.S. State Department travel advisories, daily Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) news summaries, International SOS and AIG risk alerts, Centers for Disease Control information, TRAVEX, local health ministries and other government sources, as well as global and local news sources. We also rely heavily on our staff teams on the ground to provide proactive updates about issues of concern and potential impact to our students and site. Our staff, in turn, rely on local program networks, including local authorities, U.S. embassy services, and informal sources.

See SIT's Updated Risk and Safety Message and COVID Risk Management Protocols for additional information.

General advice from SIT if you're booking flights during the pandemic

As you book your flights, we encourage you to purchase Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) insurance plans. You should compare plans and ask questions to be sure the trip insurance policy you purchase covers your needs.

Who pays for my ticket if I decide independently to return home?*

Unless SIT decides to close a program location, the cost to return home is the student’s responsibility. Some schools are offering stipends to help with that cost; the student should check with their home institution. Also, many airlines have eliminated change fees or are providing more flexibility due to the current circumstances.

If I'm quarantined at home, am I covered by International SOS? 

While outside of the United States and within the original program dates, students are covered by our travel insurance program through International SOS. Their iSOS coverage ends upon arrival back to the U.S. or on the last day of the program location closing (which will occur on a date after programming ends and students have been given a reasonable period of time to leave; you will be provided with this date), whichever is earlier. Once in the U.S., students no longer have coverage through iSOS. All students have been asked to maintain health insurance in the U.S. for this and other reasons.

What if home is not in the U.S.?

Coverage ends on arrival in their home country or end of the program, whichever comes first.  

SIT GRADUATE INSTITUTE

What is the status of SIT Graduate Institute's Global Masters and Part-time Hybrid doctorate and master's degree programs?

SIT's Global MAs in International Education, Diplomacy & International Relations, Humanitarian Assistance, Global Health, and Climate Change are running during the 2021-22 academic year. Some programs have made temporary changes to the countries in which they are held in order to ensure the health and safety of their students. All six of SIT's Global Master's degrees are accepting applications for the fall 2022 term.

SIT's Vermont campus will re-open for summer 2022 residencies. All of the SIT Graduate Institute's Part-time Hybrid degrees will hold face-to-face residencies on campus in summer 2022 except the Humanitarian Assistance program, which will have its residency in Spain.

What is the status of the CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Program?

The CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Workshop will be held on campus in summer 2022.

Has SIT Graduate Institute received emergency relief funding through the CARES Act?

Yes, for more information on emergency relief funding received by SIT Graduate Institute, please view our reporting document and our quarterly budget and expenditure reporting document.