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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  • Jordan
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Claremont, CA
    Claremont McKenna College
    10/10
    Would do it again in a heartbeat!!
    02/12/2016

    My experience with SIT Nicaragua was holistic, eye-opening, and intense. On an academic level, my classes were immediately relevant to my homework and day- to-day life, which made it easy to learn. The program gives students incredible academic freedom to demonstrate what we learn in creative formats, which allowed me to create a lot of art and media for my classes. In the program's excursions to rural Nicaragua, the Caribbean coast and Cuba, we were able to learn directly from community members. The vast curriculum is designed to prepare students to complete an independent research project. Even though I was nervous for that project, it served to be one of the most rewarding challenges of my undergraduate career (I researched community radio on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua).

    With respect to my personal and social life in the program, my experience centered around my wonderful host family. The program houses all of its students in one neighborhood in Managua, where every evening the streets are alive with the sounds of family life. My own home was full of life--with siblings who wanted to talk with me about their dreams and take me out with their friends, and with a mother who wanted to take me with her 'a pasear' and feed me--a lot. They made me feel truly loved and supported throughout my experience.

    I would recommend SIT: Nicaragua to any student ready to immerse themselves somewhere wonderful and complicated.

    How could this program be improved?

    The program is working on revising its packing list and preparation materials, which I think were quite outdated when I was going, and made me start off a little unprepared. However, they are aware of this issue!

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    Cuba Excursion!!
    Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast
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  • Philip
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Laredo, Texas
    Texas A&M International University
    9/10
    First Middle Eastern Experience
    12/18/2015

    I decided to go to Tunisia about a year after the beginning of the Arab Spring, so I did harbor minor reservations at first. However, from the moment I arrived in Tunisia, I knew I was going to absolutely love my time there. The unconventional coursework the SIT Study Abroad program offered forced everyone in my group to break away from any hesitation from interacting with the locals. The two excursions the program offered gave us an opportunity to spend some time in the northern and southern parts of the country. My home stay experience was the absolute best part of the program, personally. My Tunisian mother, who is fluent in Arabic, French and English made my stay so memorable. Being given an opportunity to work on my own independent study project was especially exciting; I focused my study on whether or not Tunisians still relate to the ancient Carthaginian origins that are deeply embedded in the history of their country. If anyone is between SIT Study Abroad and any other provider, I would highly recommend that you choose SIT; you will not regret your decision!

    How could this program be improved?

    Although I enjoyed the coursework, at times it seemed like the the program was improvising on the daily lectures or classes; at times it seemed a little disorganized. Beyond that, I have absolutely no complaints about my experience with SIT Study Abroad in Tunisia.

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  • Mary
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    Whitman College
    10/10
    Learning to Read
    11/08/2015

    SIT Ecuador made me realize that a good study abroad experience is like learning to read. Traveling superficially is exciting with its incoherent sounds and symbols, but what I loved about SIT's program is that it allowed me to move past that phase and into one where every mark of the landscape had meaning. I felt competent to travel around by myself, to speak Spanish, and to interpret everything I saw on a daily basis in terms of Ecuador's cultural and political climate. I can't go back to Ecuador as a tourist any more than I can unlearn how to read, and I really appreciate this depth of learning that the SIT model provides.

    How could this program be improved?

    Because this program moves around, it can be a little harder to make Ecuadorian friends. But between homestays and the Independent Study, there are opportunities if you take advantage of them.

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  • Abbey
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Bloomington, Indiana
    Indiana University- Bloomington
    10/10
    SIT South Africa Review
    11/01/2015

    My experience with SIT is invaluable to me! The semester was full of interesting studies, diverse excursions, and unforgettable memories. I interned with an organization that provided social services to refugees in Downtown Durban and met some of my dearest friends from living in our homestays. Overall, I would describe the semester in three words - Challenging, Encouraging, and Exciting.

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  • Alice
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    San Francisco, CA
    Tulane University
    10/10
    Best decision I made in college
    10/19/2015

    I studied linguistics and French in college and was determined to graduate with a high level of French. I planned on spending a year in Paris, but after one semester attending classes at a disorganized public French university (and paying American tuition!), I decided to go back to the States and switch study abroad programs. Determined to do study abroad right, I researched the remaining French language options that Tulane offered, and decided to trade in the glamour of Paris for the complete unknown in Senegal...

    Study abroad, part deux, at SIT in Dakar was the best decision I made in college. Everything was incredible - the calibur of classes and teachers, the weekly seminars, the homestay families, the excursions to different areas of the country, the Independent Study Project (ISP), the resources. Each week we learned about a new aspect of Senegalese culture, from microfinance to poetry to playing the djembe. Our French and Wolof teachers were top notch, and our group small enough that classes were intimate and tailored to our varying levels. Living with host families was the best way to get to know locals, take part in daily life and traditions, and play with lots of cute kids in Wolof.

    On top of an excellent academic program, I felt that we were all pushed and challenged during the semester. While there was definite hand-holding and our bus across the country had AC, we were expected to spend a month on our own for the ISP, so do research or some large-scale project that we planned out from start to finish as well as live on our own and generally do our own thing.

    When you decide to spend a semester in an academically-focused program in West Africa (as opposed to a more experience- focused program in Western Europe), the kind of students you'll be surrounded by are going to be of a different calibre. Everyone had a different reason for choosing the program - some for the French, some for the arts focus, and some for a fascination with Africa - and the study body was open-minded and excited to soak up as much as possible.

    I honestly have nothing but wonderful things to say about the program. The SIT staff were brilliant and accommodating, the academics interesting and engaging, Dakar an incredibly vibrant city, the Senegalese extremely friendly and welcoming, and the trips around the country purposeful and eye-opening. You'll do a lot of work on this semester, but trust me, it's much more rewarding than a semester of bogus homework and endless cheap bottles of red wine in Paris surrounded by other American students. And to be honest, you can definitely find some good parties in Dakar if you know where to look :-) This program really offers you the experience of a lifetime.

    How could this program be improved?

    I remember being a bit disappointed that we did speak a lot of English at school. The semester I was there had some really strong French speakers and some beginners. So sometimes I felt I wasn't getting enough practice at school, where I spent the majority of my day. But it just encouraged me to speak more with my host family and with locals.

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    Impromptu English class at a Dakar high school while researching for my ISP
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