2016 Catalogs Are in the Mail!
Our marketing team did an incredible job rethinking and re-envisioning this year's semester and summer catalogs, and we are excited to showcase their eye-catching covers. You'll notice the striking image of the Tengboche Monastery in the Everest region of Nepal, which was taken by of Lydia Erickson from Lewis and Clark College during her fall 2014 semester on the Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples program. Though the monastery was badly damaged in the April 2015 earthquake, we have selected this beautiful photo for our cover to honor the resilience of the people of Nepal, including our longtime friends and colleagues there.
In addition, please take special note of our eight new programs for 2016!
If you would like to adjust your catalog order, please contact us!
SIT Academic Director Workshop
We welcomed many of our academic directors to campus in August for a workshop focused on the key topics of inclusion/diversity, crisis management, and mental health. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with high marks for hitting these targets in interactive sessions. We had five days of lively discussions with SIT staff, sending school partners, and distinguished guests.
Michael Benitez, Jr., delivered the keynote speech, "The Conviction Behind the Work: engaging inclusion and diversity in study abroad." Known also as a social justice educator, scholar, and poet, Dr. Benitez serves as the dean of diversity and inclusion as well as the chief diversity officer and Title IX officer at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.
We thank Michael for his provocative presentation and all attendees for their participation.
Updates to the Student Application
The admissions team has been working hard to streamline our student application to make the process easier for both students and admissions decisions. As a result, the following changes have been made:
Six short answer and essay questions have been consolidated to two questions:
- A short answer: Please describe your family (occupations, interests, etc.) and your home community.
- A short statement of interest: Articulate your academic and personal reasons for selecting a program with an experiential field-based format and your preferred program theme. Demonstrate the connection between your interests, relevant activities, experiences, and the program's theme and academic content.
Other changes include moving required items to the confirmation process:
- The homestay letter for any program that does not have a language prerequisite
- Housing questionnaire for personal concerns like smoking, dietary needs, and allergies
Finally, and perhaps most exciting, we are waiving the $50 application fee for all Pell Grant recipients, SEO Scholars, US veterans, and for students who fill out a contact card at a study abroad fair.
Attention StudioAbroad Users!
All SIT semester and summer program brochure pages in StudioAbroad were updated earlier this summer, and the eight new summer and semester programs were added last week.
Users will see a new template across all programs, which better captures program-specific details and general information about the SIT model, program costs, and the semester schedule. Updates comprise changes to all details, including:
- Program name
- Home page URL
- Program notes
- Brochure page content
- Program parameter values
- Program date records, including: application deadlines and decision dates; program start and end dates; program date record term notes; active/inactive date record statuses
We are always open to your feedback. Please let us know if the StudioAbroad listings work for you and your students!
If you are not a StudioAbroad user, we've created this list of programs as a resource to check your website listings for up-to-date program names, course titles, locations, and website links.
Visit SIT Programs in 2015 & 2016
We are still accepting applications for this year's group site visits. If you've never visited an SIT program center—or have always wanted to see an SIT program in these locations—please consider attending one of our upcoming site visits. Participants will be introduced to the program's students, staff, and faculty, and will engage with the lectures, language classes, field visits, and homestay experiences that make these study abroad experiences truly exceptional.
Submit your application now to join us in the Netherlands, Madagascar, or Vietnam!
- Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 1–4, 2015
A group site visit to Amsterdam in advance of the CIEE conference in Berlin, Germany, to learn about Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender
Application deadline: October 1
- Antananarivo and Fort Dauphin, Madagascar, February 28–March 5, 2016
A group site visit featuring the following three programs: Madagascar: Urbanization and Rural Development; Madagascar: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management; and Madagascar: Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Systems (summer)
Application deadline: November 1
- Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho, Vietnam, March 6–12, 2016
A group site visit featuring the following two programs: Vietnam: Culture, Social Change, and Development and IHP/Comparative: Climate Change: The Politics of Food, Water, and Energy.
Application deadline: November 1
Visit our website to learn more about these site visits and the application process.