SIT Study Abroad
Examine the social and economic development strategies of South America’s Southern Cone countries — Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. In this comparative...
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...
Examine the vast human and environmental challenges confronting northeast Brazil, and learn about social justice initiatives in the fascinating city of Fortaleza. This...
Explore the effects of human mobility on local communities, global politics, and transnational economies. This program examines the factors driving internal and international...
Explore how geography, politics, economics, and culture shape social relations and the built environment — and with what consequences — in cities across the globe. This...
What studying abroad is all about
Submitted by Maggie - DePauw University | September 29, 2016
Highly recommended! If you're looking for a program in which you can grow as an independent student, this is it. The Independent Study Project (ISP), while it can seem somewhat intimidating, is carefully guided to each student's experience and provides you with the opportunity to learn about something that really sparked your interest. I am personally continuing aspects of my research at my university back in the USA because I loved it so much! Your Spanish will improve if you spend the time outside the classroom speaking it. What I thought was most valuable, however, was the experiential learning component. You're not sitting in a classroom all day or just reading for the next lecture. This program gets you out in communities and organizations to interact with other humans who will teach you more about social movements and human rights than any book ever could. I 100% loved my experience in Buenos Aires!
A life in the city
Submitted by Antonia - University of Vermont | September 29, 2016
I feel incredibly lucky to have chosen this program for my study abroad experience. The Chileans I met and worked with were/are incredible. I am lucky enough to have met a variety of people both from the U.S. and Chile that I am still in contact with. I enjoyed exploring Santiago, but also having the opportunity to go to Chapod a more rural area and Buenos Aires in Argentina. I felt this program gave me the best of many worlds and taught me how to interact academically where I was.
An amazing experience
Submitted by duizendschoon - Smith College | September 29, 2016
I really enjoyed and got a lot out of this program. The academics perfectly complemented and expanded upon my studies at my home institution, and gave me an opportunity to explore these concepts outside of an American context. I made great friends with other SIT students and developed a close and lasting relationship with my host family. I struggled during the ISP period with the lack of structure, but at the same time appreciated the opportunity to pursue my own academic interests so independently. I really got to explore Amsterdam and totally fell in love with the city and can't wait for an opportunity to go back.
Amazing experience in Bolivia
Submitted by Shay Gingras - Macalester College | September 28, 2016
I by far had the best abroad experience of all of my friends at my college. I had an amazing host family, who I was placed with by the home stay coordinators, who put a lot of time and effort into matching students with families that will be a good fit for them. All of the program staff are incredibly lovely and helpful and supportive. Particularly Heidi, the Academic Director of the program, is so caring and present and intelligent and leads the program flawlessly. The 3 excursions to other Bolivian cities during the program added so much to my educational experience there as well as to my cultural immersion and understanding of the history and politics of the country. Additionally, the Independent Student Research period for the last 4 weeks of the program allows students to go anywhere in the country and research any topic and then write a paper and present to the rest of the group on it, which is such a unique opportunity that you are unlikely to find anywhere else and gives students to chance to be independent and pursue their interests. I had an absolutely amazing experience overall, and it is because of the program staff, my wonderful host family, and the other students on the program who all became close friends.
SIT Indonesia: The cultural immersion experience
Submitted by lexiligon - Amherst College | September 25, 2016
My time in Indonesia was incredibly memorable, and a period a significant personal growth. This was my first time being completely on my own in a different country, so meeting a new group of people in an environment that was unfamiliar to me was an unexplored territory. Even so, my time there was amazing. SIT values experiential learning, which was probably the element that left such a lasting impression on me. Not only did we learn about Javanese dance and Balinese gamelan, for instance, but we actually had to opportunity to lean how to perform these different art forms. We were able to explore a number of ancient temples, practice purification ceremonies, meet with traditional artisans to watch them create their crafts, and build relationships with our homestay families. My experiences in Indonesia will forever be memories that I cherish, along with the friendships that were built along the way.