SIT Study Abroad

PO Box 676 Kipling Road Brattleboro, Vermont, 05302-0676 United States


About SIT Study Abroad

Year Founded: 1932

SIT Study Abroad offers semester and summer undergraduate programs in Africa, Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific, and the Middle East. Programs tackle the complexities of critical issues, including sustainable development, global health, human rights, peacebuilding, and biodiversity, in specific cultural and geographical contexts or comparatively across different countries. Students gain access to a wide range of experts relevant to the issues being examined. Learning goes beyond the classroom. In our programs, host communities, field stations, non-government organization headquarters, art studios, health clinics, and ecological sites become the classrooms. Students not only acquire a holistic and multifaceted grounding in the issues being examined, they get firsthand, field-based experience with an array of ideas, innovations, perspectives, and contacts that can boost their academic and professional lives.

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Argentina: Transnationalism & Comparative Development in SA

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Examine the social and economic development strategies of South America's Southern Cone countries: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. In this comparative study

Peru: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization

Peru : Cusco

Explore how indigenous peoples in Peru are adapting and innovating to ensure the preservation of their cultural values and to shape their own future in the face of globalization...

Chile: Comparative Education and Social Change

Chile : Santiago

Study educational policies and pedagogies in Chile and Argentina, exploring the relationship between education, society, and diversity in both countries. This...

Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems and Biodiversity Conservation

Panama : Panama City

Study tropical ecology in one of the world’s most ecologically diverse countries, and explore the critical environmental and social issues affecting its conservation. This...

Brazil: Social Innovation and Community Development

Brazil : Fortaleza

Examine the vast human and environmental challenges confronting northeast Brazil, and learn about social justice initiatives in the fascinating city of Fortaleza. This...

Argentina: Public Health in Urban Environments

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Examine the challenges surrounding public health policy and inequities, as well as issues related to urban epidemiology in Buenos Aires. This program provides students...

Ecuador: Development, Politics, and Languages

Ecuador : Quito

Study the relationship between power and language in Ecuador as the country’s multilingual and multiethnic populations strive for social change. This program analyzes...

Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation

Ecuador : Quito

Explore tropical ecosystems and the complexities of conservation efforts in Ecuador, one of the world’s most biodiverse countries. This program looks at the entomology,...

South Africa: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad)

Explore issues of multiculturalism, ethnicity, and identity in the context of South Africa, from historical and contemporary perspectives. This program focuses on South...

South Africa: Social and Political Transformation

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad), Durban

Explore the dynamic socioeconomic, political, and cultural processes of South Africa, an extraordinarily diverse country in transition. Similar to other countries around...

Morocco: Migration and Transnational Identity

Morocco : Rabat

Explore the effects of human mobility on local communities, global politics, and transnational economies. This program examines the factors driving internal and international...

Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning, and Politics

-Multi-Country Locations : Brazil, South Africa and 2 other locations , United States, Vietnam Show less

Explore how geography, politics, economics, and culture shape social relations and the built environment — and with what consequences — in cities across the globe. This...

Nicaragua: Youth Culture, Literacy, and Media

Nicaragua : Managua

Explore Nicaragua a generation after the revolution and investigate how young people in Nicaragua and Cuba are creatively advocating for change. In this program, students...

Uganda: Development Studies

Uganda : Kampala

Examine development in theory and practice throughout Uganda, while engaging with current concepts and debates in development studies in the vibrant context of Kampala. This...

Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

Morocco : Rabat

Examine challenges shaping Morocco and the Arab world: authoritarian rule, democratic transition, economic liberalization, civil society, Islamic movements, and constitutional...

Human Rights: Foundations, Challenges, and Advocacy

-Multi-Country Locations : Chile, Jordan and 2 other locations , Nepal, United States Show less

Investigate the historical and social contexts of diverse human rights movements, including the roles of culture, political economy, and international law in four different...

Uganda: Post Conflict Transformation

Uganda : Gulu

Examine the human costs of conflict in northern Uganda and the ways local communities are fostering peace, economic development, and sustainable reconciliation. This...

Tunisia: Emerging Identities in North Africa

Tunisia : Tunis

Examine the dynamics between modernity and tradition, Islam and constitutional democracy, technology and youth culture, and social and political transition in Tunisia. As...

Argentina: Social Movements and Human Rights

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Study Argentina’s social movements and the country’s historical and current struggles to guarantee human rights for its diverse populations. Located in the vibrant...

Samoa: Pacific Communities and Social Change

Samoa : Apia

Examine the social, economic, and political impacts of westernization and globalization in the Pacific Islands. This program encourages students to explore processes of...

Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan People

Nepal : Kathmandu

Examine Tibetan and Himalayan politics and religion and the contemporary issues faced by communities in exile, particularly in the case of Tibet. Through the thematic...

China: Language, Cultures, and Ethnic Minorities

China : Kunming

Study China’s cultural diversity and minority relations in Yunnan Province and on an excursion to Beijing, while earning up to 10 credits for Chinese language study. Based...

Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization and Social Change

Bolivia : Cochabamba

Stretching from the tropical Amazon to the soaring Andes, Bolivia's diverse landscapes and populations offer amazing contrasts--as well as significant challenges to development....

Australia: Sustainability and Environmental Action

Australia : Byron Bay

Acquire methods, tools, and different perspectives on how to make our societies more sustainable. The Australia: Sustainability and Environmental Action program is designed...

Mongolia: Geopolitics and the Environment

Mongolia : Ulaanbaatar

Examine international relations, natural resource management, nomadic traditions, and economic growth from Mongolia’s unique vantage point. The program looks at the...

Rwanda: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding

Rwanda : Kigali

Examine the root causes of the 1994 genocide and Rwanda’s ongoing efforts in fostering peace, unity, and reconciliation among its people. This program examines the...

India: Public Health, Policy Advocacy, and Community

India : New Delhi

Explore the links between public health, policy advocacy, and community with a focus on women, children, tribal, and other marginalized and vulnerable populations in India...

Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine

Chile : Arica

Gain unique insight into healthcare policies, politics, and delivery as well as traditional medicinal practices in Chilean communities. This program examines intercultural...

Health and Community: Globalization, Culture, and Care

-Multi-Country Locations : Argentina, Brazil and 4 other locations , India, South Africa, United States, Vietnam Show less

Learn how communities around the world define and strive for health and well-being. This program strengthens students' ability to understand, interpret, and compare the...

Australia: Rainforest, Reef and Cultural Ecology

Australia : Cairns

Investigate the terrestrial and marine ecological patterns and processes of tropical northern Queensland--a world vastly different from the rest of Australia. UNESCO has

Switzerland: Global Health and Development Policy

Switzerland : Geneve [Geneva], Nyon

Examine models of health systems and development policy in Geneva and the surrounding region, the world’s capital for international organizations dedicated to public health,...

China: Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine

China : Kunming

Shadow Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners and examine community health issues by working with professionals in urban and rural areas. This program en­gages...

Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans

-Multi-Country Locations : Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and 1 other location , Serbia Show less

Examine peacebuilding, post-conflict transformation, and the impact of international intervention on state formation, human rights, and transitional justice in the comparative...

Switzerland International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy

Switzerland : Geneve [Geneva], Nyon

Examine intergovernmental, supranational, and regional organizations’ strategies for and responses to current challenges in the international system. From its base in...

Czech Republic: Arts and Social Change

Czech Republic : Prague

Study with a dynamic community of visual, performing, and literary artists, where art and creative dissent have played a decisive role in shaping social and political change. This...

Indonesia: Arts, Religion, and Social Change

Indonesia : Ubud

Examine the important roles played by Indonesia’s six officially recognized religions and the arts in shaping sociocultural discourses in Bali and Java. This program,...

India: National Identity and the Arts

India : Delhi

Explore the social and political dynamics in the arts and architecture of the world’s largest democracy. This program engages students in the complex questions of who...

Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice and Community Development

Chile : Valparaiso

Explore Chile’s recent political and social history and discover how Chileans are working to reconcile with the past and create a more equitable and culturally inclusive...

Senegal: National Identity and the Arts

Senegal : Dakar

Discover the enormous contribution to African arts and cultures made by Senegal, a country that has inspired centuries of poetry, music, literature, dance, and visual arts. The...

Tanzania-Zanzibar: Coastal Ecology & Natural Resource Management

Tanzania : Zanzibar

Examine coastal ecology and natural resource management in one of the most remarkable areas of the world: the Zanzibar islands of the western Indian Ocean. This program...

Madagascar: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management

Madagascar : Fort Dauphin

Explore environmental challenges, conservation, and development strategies in Madagascar, an island nation isolated from neighboring landmasses for more than one hundred

Kenya: Urbanization, Health, and Human Rights

Kenya : Nairobi

Study the intersections of health, human rights, and cities at multiple sites in Kenya, where rapid urbanization is transforming access, equity, and well-being. This program...

Cameroon: Development and Social Change

Cameroon : Dschang, Yaounde

Examine social, economic, and political development patterns in one of Africa’s most ethnically and geographically diverse countries. The program explores the challenge...

Switzerland: Banking, Finance, and Social Responsibility

Switzerland : Geneve [Geneva]

Examine macroeconomics and the global finance system through the lens of social justice and the ethics of sustainable business. GenevaFrom its base in Geneva, this program...

Iceland and Greenland: Climate Change and the Arctic

Iceland : Rural Areas

Study climate models and methods of carbon management in Iceland and Greenland. Examine the impact of climate change on Arctic ecosystems and society. Develop unique insights...

IHP: Social Entrepreneurship

Brazil : Sao Paulo

Explore what “entrepreneurship” means around the world, drawing on the disciplines of management, economics, technology, and design. In this program, you examine how...

IHP: Rethinking Food Security

Tanzania : Arusha, Dar Es Salaam

Study how the dynamics of food production, distribution, and provisioning are affected by population growth, rapid urbanization, and globalization, and which responses offer...

Switzerland: Food Security and Nutrition (Summer)

Switzerland : Geneve [Geneva]

Investigate how the international community addresses the challenges of meeting the nutrition, food security, and health needs of populations in the 21st century. Based...

Panama: Marine Ecology & Blue Carbon Conservation

Panama : Bocas del Toro, Panama City

Conduct extensive fieldwork in the marine and coastal ecosystems of Panama, one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. Learn to measure and quantify blue carbon in...

Brazil: Sports, Youth, and Social Justice (Summer)

Brazil : Fortaleza

Learn how sports have provided a key strategy for engaging young people in positive change and working toward social justice in Brazil. With Brazil's preparations for

Argentina: Art, Memory, and Social Transformation (Summer)

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Discover how artistic work has allowed people of multiple generations in Argentina to work through Argentina’s troubled past and to advocate for social change. Explore...

Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning, Politics -Fall

-Multi-Country Locations : Argentina, Senegal and 2 other locations , United States, Vietnam Show less

Explore how geography, politics, economics, and culture shape social relations and the built environment and with what consequences in cities across the globe. This program...

Health & Community: Globalization, Culture, and Care -Fall 2

-Multi-Country Locations : Argentina, South Africa and 2 other locations , United States, Vietnam Show less

Learn how communities around the world define and strive for health and well-being. This program strengthens students' ability to understand, interpret, and compare the...

Indonesia: Community Nature Conservation in Bali

Indonesia : Bali, Denpasar

Examine resource-use patterns and community-based conservation initiatives on the island of Bali. This program explores the challenges of nature conservation in one of...

Jordan: Summer Innovation Lab - Water

Jordan : Amman

Explore innovative approaches to water supply in Jordan, one of the world’s driest countries and a location facing increased water needs due to climate change and a growing...

South Africa: Summer Innovation Lab - Shelter

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad)

Examine Cape Town’s built environment, where apartheid’s legacies and burgeoning inequalities have combined to create acute housing challenges and innovative approaches...

India: Summer Innovation Lab - Food

India : Gangtok

Analyze current trends and long-term prospects for local food production and nutritional security in the Himalaya, one of the most fragile, important, and bio-diverse ecological...

Madagascar: Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Systems

Madagascar : Antananarivo

Examine how historical circumstances, geography, and demographics shape and inform the delivery of traditional and allopathic healthcare systems in Madagascar. In

India: Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Practices -Summer

India : Delhi

Explore and experience India’s vibrant traditional medicine systems in the context of rapid economic growth and health policy reform. This program introduces students...

Nepal: Geoscience in the Himalaya -- Summer

Nepal : Kathmandu

Conduct Earth science fieldwork in the spectacular setting of the Nepal Himalaya. The program focuses on field geoscience, geohazards, and environmental sci­ence in the...

Jordan: Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action

Jordan : Amman

Examine the impact of regional conflicts on healthcare systems and determinants of health in Jordan. Consider the health status of Jordan population groups including refugees...

Climate Change: The Politics of Food, Water, and Energy

-Multi-Country Locations : Bolivia, Morocco and 2 other locations , United States, Vietnam Show less

Study the social impacts of climate change through the political economy of food, water, and energy in some of the world’s most productive and vulnerable landscapes. This...

Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media

Morocco : Rabat

Advance your skills in journalism by studying under the expert guidance of professional journalists in an international environment. Learn from leading Moroccan scholars

Jordan: Intensive Arabic Language Studies

Jordan : Amman

Rapidly learn or improve your Arabic language skills through intensive language study in Jordan. This program gives students of wide-ranging levels, including beginners,...

India: Himalayan Buddhist Art and Architecture

India : Ladakh

Explore the history, arts, architecture, and religions of the Himalaya. This program examines art his­tory and Buddhism while traveling through the Indian Himalaya

Iceland: Renewable Energy, Technology and Resource Economics

Iceland : Akureyri, Reykjavik

Examine the physical processes of energy utilization as well as the economics and environmental impacts of energy use across diverse regions of Iceland. This program...

India: Social Change and Sustainable Development

India : Jaipur

Examine India’s socioeconomic development trends and how rethinking development is gaining urgency for shaping sustainable social change. This program examines the diverse...

South Africa: Community Health and Social Policy

South Africa : Durban

Examine community-based health concerns from a South African perspective, exploring the roles of the South African state, the media, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)...

Uganda and Rwanda: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Lake Victoria Basin

-Multi-Country Locations : Rwanda, Uganda

Examine the root causes of conflict and analyze measures to foster resettlement and reconciliation in Uganda and Rwanda. This program explores the social, political,...

South Africa: Education and Social Change

South Africa : Kwa-Zulu Natal

Examine the challenges and successes of educational transformation and explore the role of education in a changing South Africa through theory, field study, and practice. This...

Morocco: Arabic Language and Community Service

Morocco : Rabat

Rapidly learn or advance your spoken and written Arabic language skills through community service and full immersion in Moroccan culture. Based in Rabat, this multifaceted...

Brazil: Public Health, Race and Human Rights

Brazil : Salvador

Investigate healthcare policy and delivery systems among disadvantaged groups in the Brazilian state of Bahia. Study how public health interacts with race and human rights. This...

Jordan: Modernization and Social Change

Jordan : Amman

Examine critical issues in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a moderate Arab state confronting political responsibilities, modernization, social change, and the effects of...

Netherlands: Perspectives on Sexuality & Gender

Netherlands : Amsterdam

Acquire an intersectional understanding of the complexities and paradoxes that surround issues of gender and sexuality in the Netherlands — commonly believed to be one

Vietnam: Culture, Social Change, and Development

Vietnam : Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Examine economic and social development in the cultural context of Vietnam, one of Asia’s most dynamic and rapidly changing countries. This program examines how, after...

Nepal: Development and Social Change

Nepal : Kathmandu

Witness the challenges Nepal faces as it works to balance tradition and progress and negotiate economic, political, and social change during a dynamic period in its history. This...

Tanzania: Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology

Tanzania : Arusha

Explore the balance between ecological concerns and socioeconomic objectives in the vast wilderness expanses of northern Tanzania. The program challenges students to reframe...

Ghana: Social Transformation and Cultural Expression

Ghana : Accra, Kumasi

Explore social change in Ghana through an exploration of its dynamic cultural heritage and contemporary society. In this program, students explore Ghana’s rich artistic...

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