SIT Graduate Institute offers focus on immigrants, refugees

May 11th, 2017   |   SIT Graduate Institute

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As the number of displaced persons reaches 65 million, a growing number of SIT Graduate Institute students have become interested in serving this growing population as they pursue master’s degrees in education, peacebuilding, sustainable development, or management.

Building on SIT and World Learning’s 35-year commitment to working with refugees in resettlement programs, communities, and camps in Southeast Asia, Lebanon, and Jordan, SIT now offers the following opportunities for SIT students:

The Global Scholars Program, initiated in 2017, provides full tuition to admitted refugee students in our five graduate programs.

Refugee, Immigrants and Displaced Populations Theme of Study: An opportunity for  students in all on-campus degree programs to puruse a sustained focus on this area within their MA degree:

A one-credit elective course on Adult Education for Refugees, Immigrants and Displaced persons (Fall 2017)
A one-credit field course (in Washington, D.C.) on International Policy and Citizen Advocacy: Immigration (during Spring break)*
A one-credit field course on Refugees and Displaced Persons (January 2018)*
A practicum or teaching internship in an organization that provides services to displaced populations:

Most students arrange their own practica. TESOL students may choose to do their teaching internship at one of the following organizations with which SIT’s TESOL program has a long-standing partnership:

Ascentria for New Americans, Westfield, Mass.
Ascentria for New Americans, Concord, NH
Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus, Albany, NY
World Education, Mae Sot, Thailand.

In addition, students may tailor existing courses to address their own interests in this area through assigned group and individual projects. More specific areas of interest in this topic area can be pursued through a small-group or independent study.

*Additional fees will be charged depending on course location and student’s degree program.