SIT Study Abroad
SIT Study Abroad is a program of World Learning, a private, nonprofit international organization that has been in existence for more than 75 years. World Learning works globally to enhance the capacity and commitment of individuals, institutions, and communities to create a more peaceful and just world through international education, exchange, and development programs.
SIT students step beyond the boundaries of a traditional classroom to analyze critical issues shaping local communities around the globe. Students become deeply engaged in a topic and undertake their own research, case studies, in-depth practica, or community projects. SIT Study Abroad is deeply embedded in local communities around the world. Program components are designed to respect the strengths of local partners to foster enduring relationships.
FrancisAge: 19-24MaleFort Collins, COColorado State UniversityThe most authentic way to experience both urban and rural China03/17/2016How could this program be improved?
If I could change this program, it would be to improve the language classes. They need to stop using textbooks to teach vocabulary and reading, because the textbooks focus on formal, "book language" that is not very useful in the practical situations we encounter regularly on the streets. Although classes were intense, they were inefficient, and I felt I wasted precious time memorizing uncommon words and deciphering obscure passages about subjects I never encountered during my semester there. Instead, they should use articles from newspapers or magazines or the internet discussing current local issues and derive vocabulary from those primary sources. Grammar can still come from a textbook, of course.
Furthermore, leading up to the ISP period, I received nearly no feedback at all on the draft project proposals we were supposed to submit. While they are correct that the best experiences can happen without much forethought, I think they could have given much more advice and help to all the students about how to structure a good research question and what are the best methods and study designs for answering those kinds of questions. This would not only reduce student stress during the planning process, but it would also help students produce higher quality projects.
JoanAge: 19-24FemaleBoulder, ColoradoUniversity of Colorado- Boulderlistening, learning, and living: a life-changing South African experience03/07/2016How could this program be improved?