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  SIT Study Abroad - a program of World Learning

Students of the IHP/Comparative: Climate Change: The Politics of Food, Water, and Energy paddle canoes in the deep, tree-covered wetlands of southern Vietnam.

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!

Summer 2016 Fall 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
  • Location(s)
  • Term(s)
  • 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!

Visit our website to learn more about these site visits and the application process.

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A Warm Welcome!

The University Relations Team is happy to welcome two new team members!

Amy Burrows joins us as university relations manager for the Midwest region; she comes to us from The School for Field Studies.

Amedee Ngarukiye is serving as university relations intern. He is a fall 2013 alumnus of the Switzerland: Global Health and Development Policy program and a graduate of Oregon State University.

Both Amy and Amedee will be traveling throughout the fall—please join us in welcoming them to the team.

Title IX Compliance

On our campus, as on yours, we are updating our policies and procedures to comply with the new Title IX regulations. Under the updated policy, all incidents of sexual assault/misconduct will be reported to our Title IX coordinator, who will then inform the student's home school Title IX coordinator.

At the program center, we have designated two local staff members to be resources in the case of sexual assault or misconduct.

All students will be informed of these changes in pre-departure materials and during on-site orientation.

Posters Available!

Earlier this summer, we premiered a double-sided poster highlighting SIT programs in Francophone Africa

Now available is our poster highlighting SIT's Pell Grant Match Award scholarship


Order copies of either poster for your campus today.

Last month's news

Did you miss last month's newsletter? Read it now to learn more about this year's photo contest winners, the SIT Partnership for Expanding Access to High-Impact Study Abroad for HBCU Students, and news from the academic teams. 

Notes from the Field

Have you subscribed to our blog yet? We always feature interesting stories highlighting recent achievements of students and faculty. Take a look at these recent posts:

If you have a student we should profile, please let me know.

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