Category Archives: SIT Study Abroad

A Message from World Learning President Donald Steinberg on the Nepal Earthquake

We at World Learning were saddened by last weekend’s devastating earthquake in Nepal. We are grateful to report that all students and staff of our SIT Study Abroad programs in Nepal are unhurt and in safe locations. We have already begun evacuating them from Nepal.  We are posting regular updates on our SIT website, World Learning has a long history in Nepal. We have had programs in the country for more than 40 years, and we have deep bonds with communities where we operate. Over the past few days, we have heard from many alumni and community members who want to help those in the SIT family who have been impacted by this tragedy. The outpouring of support and well wishes underscores the strength of our connections with this beautiful country. In response, we have established the SIT Community … Continue reading

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Round Earth Media Wins 2014 Peabody

Congratulations to Round Earth Media, a World Learning partner, for winning a 2014 George Foster Peabody Award, radio’s highest honor. The organization received the award, in partnership with Latino USA, Radio Progreso, reporter Marlon Bishop, and freelance producers, for the report Gangs, Murder, and Migration in Honduras, which investigated why thousands of Hondurans are fleeing their home country in order to reach the United States. Maria Hinojosa hosted the report, which was broadcast in the US on NPR’s Latino USA, Planet Money, and All Things Considered and in Honduras on Radio Progreso. Round Earth Media’s unique model teams young American journalists with early-career journalist from the countries where they are reporting. Veteran journalists from Round Earth mentor the teams as they produce original stories on under-reported issues, which are published and broadcast in both the United States and the country where the … Continue reading

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Exploring a City, One Stranger at a Time

SIT Study Abroad programs are not known for hand-holding or isolating participants in a bubble of American culture, and nowhere is that more apparent than during “drop-off.” Arriving in a new city, students are divided into small groups, handed a checklist, and essentially shown the door — their job is to track down everything on their list, which means navigating an unfamiliar city and talking to locals. There is no better way to push aside the initial strangeness of a new place or, with many programs, trepidation at speaking a foreign language. In these photos, follow a group of undergrads, participants on SIT Study Abroad’s Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans program, as they explore Kosovo’s capital Prishtina. All photos © Kimberly Abbott

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Preparing Students for the World

By Priscilla Stone, Vice Provost for SIT Study Abroad Most educators agree that the U.S. needs to pay more attention to the rest of the world.  The arguments are familiar: If our students are to be competitive in the international marketplace, they need the skills and outlook of global citizens – the ability to work in diverse groups, listen to different points of view, be flexible and be mobile. Often people say the advice they’d give to their younger selves would be to travel more and experience the world, meet more people and understand a variety of cultures and political situations. Those of us who work in international education believe that studying abroad while in college can play an important, perhaps essential, role in developing our world view. But not all study abroad is the same, and increasingly educators are … Continue reading

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Teaching a Global Perspective in the Heart of Vermont

This article was originally published in the September/October 2014 issue of Vermont Magazine. It has been reprinted here with permission. Read the original version as a pdf. By Kathryn deBros Perched on a little mountain, just on the outskirts of Brattleboro, a gentleman’s farm sits at the end of a winding dirt road. Many of its original, colonial era buildings still stand today, quaint and white and overlooking Vermont at the place where it blends almost seamlessly into New Hampshire. The farm itself has been out of commission for more than a century, but a form of cultivation does indeed continue there today. The farm is now the home of the School for International Training, which is celebrating its 50th year of undergraduate study abroad programs—as well as its mission of creating global citizens—in 2014. SIT is many things, but … Continue reading

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Step Outside the Ordinary

SIT Study Abroad offers more than 60 accredited semester and summer study abroad programs — in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as the International Honors Program, comparative programs in multiple locations. Watch our new video to find out more.

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On the deaths of three students in North Carolina

We are heartbroken over the senseless and tragic deaths of the three students in North Carolina. One of World Learning’s alums, Al Drago, was among the first photographers on the scene on Tuesday afternoon. He recounted to us what he saw: It was a very emotional scene as some of the family members arrived inquiring and demanding answers about what had happened. It was not until the next morning that I realized the gravity of the situation and the implications that were being discussed via social media worldwide. One of my photos from the Tuesday crime scene was put on the AP wire and has since been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, and several others. Since then, I covered the candlelight vigil on Wednesday night for The News & Observer again and the photos were … Continue reading

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Sydney Temple: Advancing Leadership

As a sophomore at Macalester College, Sydney Temple was weighing his study abroad options when he came across some photos of Nepal. “I grew up in the mountains,” he says, “and there was something about the scale and grandeur of the Himalayas that pulled me in.” Syd went on to spend six months in Nepal with SIT Study Abroad, living with a local family and studying traditional Nepalese belief systems. After just two weeks studying the Nepali language, Syd arrived in the country and found himself in a household without a single English speaker. The immersive experience paid off, and Syd and his peers quickly became comfortable holding basic conversations in Nepali. “People were so open and welcoming,” he recalls. “We may speak different languages or seem foreign to each other at first, but deep down, everybody’s pretty much the … Continue reading

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Christina Holt: Launching Creative Ideas

When Dr. Christina Holt was asked by the International Honors Program (IHP) to lend her expertise to the development of a new program in comparative international health, she leapt at the opportunity to put into practice some of the ideas that grew out of her own IHP experience as a college junior. Christina credits IHP with helping her to direct her enthusiasm and energy and weave together her varied interests. “As a sophomore anthropology major at Harvard, I struggled to pursue my interest in international health while meeting both the core study requirements and the demands of my major,” she says. She enrolled in IHP and spent a year studying cross-cultural visual anthropology in England, France, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, India, Australia, Indonesia, and Japan. This rigorous, interdisciplinary experience later informed her work with immigrants and individuals from all sociocultural levels … Continue reading

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Generation Study Abroad

“Our goal is to provide access not simply to international experiences, but—in keeping with SIT’s mission—to allow a broad range of students to experience the high impact practices that SIT programs are known for, including field experience, meaningful interaction with faculty, and undergraduate research.” Laurie Black, SIT’s dean for external relations and strategic enrollment management, explained SIT’s participation in Generation Study Abroad, a new initiative of the Institute of International Education (IIE), which intends to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by 2020. SIT brings its own perspective and strongly held beliefs to its Generation Study Abroad commitment, with a particular focus on inclusion of racially and economically diverse participants. One key component of SIT’s engagement is a pledge of at least $1 million yearly in need-based scholarship funding. In 2010, SIT established a pioneering program that matches … Continue reading

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