SIT Study Abroad

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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.

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Program Reviews

  • Emily
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Davidson, NC
    Davidson College
    An amazing adventure
    02/01/2015

    I absolutely loved this program. We spent two and a half months getting to know Managua and going on excursions to other parts of the country (plus Cuba!) and then another month on our own doing independent studies. I grew so much from this experience and would do it again in a heartbeat.

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  • Ben
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    United States
    Bowdoin College
    An Experienced-Focused Semester in an Incredibly Biodiverse Country
    01/30/2015

    The main things I gained were botanical knowledge, field research experience, and connections with the science community in Ecuador. I did not find the program very academically challenging and a lot of the topics covered were pretty basic ecological/biological concerts. We did a fair amount of birdwatching on the program, which is something I very much enjoy. My favorite experiences were the cloud forest excursion, going out on a boat on an Amazonian lake, and my independent study project that took me to an altitude of 3 miles above sea level. However, my Spanish did not improve much (started and finished as an intermediate speaker) and there wasn't much time for cultural immersion.

    How could this program be improved?

    More time for cultural immersion, though this would be difficult to do without cutting into field experiences. I would have also like a more conversation-based Spanish class, as opposed to the workbook/movie based class we had.

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  • Savannah
    Age: 18 or younger
    Female
    Charlottesville, VA
    University of Virginia
    Experience of a lifetime! This program is awesome
    01/30/2015

    The best aspects of this program were the excursions, the close relationship with the professors, the homestays, and the independent study. We went on 4 major trips throughout the semester--a cloud forest & rural community, the paramo highlands, the Amazon, and the Galapagos--and they were amazing. Our professors travelled with us for all of the excursions and were present every day at class, and they were very helpful and supportive with everything we did. My homestays were all fantastic experiences, especially my main homestay in Quito. My Quito family seemed perfectly chosen for me and I always felt comfortable and happy there. Finally, everyone completed an independent study project for a month toward the end of the semester. This was an excellent opportunity to develop as both a researcher and a person.

    How could this program be improved?

    There isn't much at all that I would change about the program. If possible, finding ways to make the students' homestays a little closer or to have more group social activities. But really, there was nothing wrong with the program.

    Photos:
    Beautiful view from a hike in one of the cloud forests
    An awesome day-time moth seen in the Amazon
    A delicious meal at one of the reserves--rice and potatoes are staple foods in Ecuador
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  • Veronica
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    United States
    Colby College
    Amazing country and program!
    01/30/2015

    I learned so much while abroad! It was 1000% worthwhile. I loved that the program had a specific, interesting and relevant theme that all our courses and activities pertained to, and I learned so much from these components of the program. I also learned a great deal about myself and really matured and grew individually just from adjusting to a different country/city, culture, language, homestay, etc.

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  • Hannah
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    New York, NY
    Barnard College
    SIT Valpo: A program and city unlike any other!
    01/30/2015

    I had an amazing experience in Valpo, it's an extremely unique city full of open, adventurous people. I had an incredible host family and made great friends through SIT. I highly recommend the program.

    How could this program be improved?

    The program could be improved by placing all of the students in the same town, instead of having some in Valparaiso and others in Vina del Mar. Furthermore, sometimes program staff instructions could have been more clear. However, the program was incredible despite these very minor issues.

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Alumni Interviews

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    SIT Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation
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    SIT Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation
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    Australia: Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology
  • Volcán Antisana
    SIT Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation
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Staff Interviews