Six reasons to choose SIT Graduate Institute

July 14th, 2016   |   SIT Graduate Institute

By Joyce Ting

Fast-track your career.
With a maximum of nine months spent on campus, all of SIT’s degree programs send you out into the field sooner. That means less time in the classroom and more time out there doing what you love. We believe in connecting theory to practice, and that experience is the best way to learn. All of our programs have a practicum component, so you actually spend time working in the field of your choice and putting your passion into practice. We also have a fully equipped Career Services Center with qualified staff that provide helpful resources and guidance to propel you toward your professional goals.

Remember your undergrad days with large lecture halls where you spent hours being “talked at” by a professor who never learned your name? Your SIT experience won’t be like that. With small class sizes and plenty of interaction, you’ll form real connections with your professors and your classmates, and you’ll learn from one another. While you gain theoretical knowledge and know-how, you will also be involved in active discussion, thoughtful reflection, and group work in multicultural teams. Our teaching methods are rooted in experiential learning, and we strongly value the experience you bring to the class.

Find your community.
SIT alumni say they have found the most like-minded people in their time at SIT. Imagine living and working with a group of people who believe in fighting for social injustice; people who not only have lived and volunteered all over the country and the world but want to use their experiences to make a real difference. It is rare and precious to find others who “get you” and are doing the same things, whether they are working in the field of peacebuilding, sustainable development, international education, or teaching English to second-language learners.

Learn from faculty who practice what they teach.
Our faculty members don’t just teach here; they are also current practitioners. They bring a wealth of experience from their work across the world as consultants, trainers, and educators.  They are not only published researchers but also founders and directors of NGOs, consultants on government projects, and returned Peace Corps volunteers. As practitioners-in-residence, they have firsthand understanding of the trends and challenges in their fields, and they bring that into the classroom.

Study international development in the U.S. capital.
Washington, D.C., is a world center for NGOs and government agencies working in the field of development. SIT’s programs at our Washington, D.C. Center give you access to experts and practitioners in the field, and opportunities to witness development work firsthand. As part of our 12-month MA program in D.C., you will do a three-month practicum in a local organization.

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Joyce Ting is a student at SIT Graduate Institute pursuing an MA in international education.