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

  • Emma
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Washington University in Saint Louis
    So grateful for this experience - the most exciting, challenging, fun, and meaningful semester
    06/29/2015

    There were two things about this program that made me super nervous going in: the long-term homestay in Panama City, and the Independent Study Project (ISP). Looking back now, those same two things were hands down my favorite aspects of the program (which is saying a lot, because I loved practically every single aspect of the program). I ended up living with a wonderful and unexpected couple - my "Mom" was born in Italy and my "Dad" was of Chinese heritage. The cooking (both Italian and Panamanian) was incredible, and I couldn't have asked for a more welcoming family. Thanks to them, my Spanish improved by leaps and bounds and I felt very rooted in the local culture. Though it seems scary and might not always be quite as positive of an experience as mine, the homestay element of this program is so essential and contributes so much to the program's impact.
    Similarly, the concept of the ISP can seem pretty horrifying at first. You set out completely on your own to design, execute, and write up a study in a foreign country - it seems crazy. But, with the support and guidance of the SIT team regarding everything from project ideas to making living arrangements, it is 100% doable. It challenged me in ways that my school in the U.S. never could, and it helped me grow academically and personally. I feel so much more capable and independent because of the ISP, and I can't emphasize enough how wonderful the experience turned out to be. In short, when it comes to study abroad, you have to through your caution to the wind - it will all be so much more than fine!

    How could this program be improved?

    From time to time, things felt a bit disorganized. This was challenging more me, since I tend to appreciate order over surprises. But, going with the flow is the Panamanian way of life, and I grew through learning to appreciate it.

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  • Margot
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    New York
    Columbia University
    Amazing cultural & academic experience
    06/28/2015

    I cannot speak more highly of this program. Not only was I able to fully appreciate BA's nightlife and culture, but I learned so much about its history and culture thanks to amazing professors and staff.

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  • 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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