“SIT provides you an opportunity to widen your knowledge through experiential learning with the wide variety of courses, activities, and meetings with faculty, staff, and students from around the world. It enhances the skills and expertise of its international students, strengthening their contributions for social justice around the world. Brattleboro is a very beautiful little town. Fall is the most beautiful season I have ever seen anywhere. My first impression was the amazing beauty of this season and I hope you will enjoy it. If you never lived in regions where it snows in winter, be prepared for that. You will see snow for a long time and it is beautiful too.”
—Asma Kiran, MA in Sustainable Development alum
We are proud to welcome and support international students as they join the multicultural, diverse learning community at our international graduate school. SIT welcomes students from all over the world: between 25 and 35 percent of SIT Graduate Institute students are international.
The International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) provides special assistance to all SIT international graduate students. In addition to providing necessary information on student visas and other US immigration regulations, the office counsels and advises students on cultural opportunities, cross-cultural concerns, employment, banking, driving regulations, and much more.
Director, International Student and Scholar Office
Student Center Room 207
Current students: Please visit our Continuing Students page.
SIT welcomes students from a wide range of economic backgrounds. Though funds are limited, international applicants are encouraged to apply for financial aid administrated by SIT. Financial aid is available to international students in the form of need-based grants, merit scholarships, and work-study opportunities. SIT financial aid typically covers about one-third of an international student's total costs. In recent years, more than 85 percent of all international students received partial support through SIT.
SIT offers gift aid averaging between $2,500 and $11,500 for international students, based on need and merit. Several competitive SIT scholarships have also been established to recognize students who reflect the SIT mission through their professional and personal lives.
No additional application is required to be considered for SIT gift aid and competitive scholarships.
SIT Work Opportunity. The SIT Work Opportunity program supports the part-time employment of international students who need the income to help pay for the cost of their education. A variety of employment opportunities are available each year. Most student employment opportunities are funded through this program, and only students who are awarded work study funding as part of their financial aid package can participate. The rate of pay complies with the minimum wage law in the State of Vermont.
Campus Resident Advisors. Students can also earn the equivalent of room and board fees by working to create a cohesive learning community as a resident advisor in SIT’s multicultural dormitories. Students do not need to qualify for financial aid to be eligible for these positions. Applications are only made available to students upon admission to an SIT graduate program through acceptance notification materials. The Housing Office begins making position appointments in April, and selection is based on demonstrated skills and experience.
SIT Financial Aid Office
Tel: 802 258-3281
Tel: 800 336-1616 (toll-free in the US)
Fax: 802 258-3500
Because international students must pay their first semester tuition and fees as part of their student visa process, SIT does not require the $400 deposit payment for international students. International students should review the information concerning student visas and focus their efforts on completing the necessary steps to obtain their I-20 and student visa, as outlined in the section below.
Every international student is required to have a valid student visa issued by the US government authorizing their study in the US. After you have been admitted to SIT, your finances for the first year of study have been documented, and the payment for your first enrollment period has been received, you will be sent an I-20 form. To apply for your student visa, you will need to present the I-20 form and your passport to the United States Consulate or United States Embassy in your country. For additional information concerning US immigration regulations and advice about obtaining a student visa, please email Janet Hulnick, director of the International Students and Scholars Office or call at 802 258-3364.
The Certification of Finances form and payment can be sent to:
SIT Graduate Institute
Attn: Janet Hulnick, Director of the International Students and Scholars Office
1 Kipling Road, PO Box 676
Brattleboro, VT 05302-0676 USA
Another quick and easy way to make the payment is to use your VISA or MasterCard. To authorize payment you must give us the name on the card, the number of the card, the expiration date, the amount you wish to be charged to your card, and your signature if the request is made by letter or fax. Your request for us to charge your credit card can even be made by email or over the telephone.
Wire Transfer Payment
You may also make your payment by wire transfer. This is a secure method of payment, but it can take up to four weeks for your student account to be credited. Please consider this option carefully if time is limited.
Once your Certification of Finances has been reviewed, your admissions counselor or the Financial Aid Office can provide you with the details of the wire transfer process.
Due to the Department of Homeland Security's requirements for processing I-20s and international student visas, we will need to receive all documents related to your I-20 by the following deadlines in order to issue the I-20:
|Program||Deadline for Receipt
of All I-20 Documents
|International Education Low-Residency MA and Certificate Programs||April 15|
|Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Low-Residency MA Program||May 15|
|Fall Term Graduate Programs||July 15|
As you plan for graduate study at SIT, you may find completing the estimate of expenses worksheet helpful. This document is for personal planning purposes only, so do not submit it to SIT.
For additional information concerning US citizenship and immigration regulations, and advice about obtaining a student visa, please contact SIT's International Student and Scholar Office at 802 258-3364.
Note for participants who come to the US on an F-1 or J-1 visa: SIT is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.
Useful links for obtaining 1-20 and student visas
|Eligibility Restrictions||None||Cannot be self-funded and a substantial portion of your financial support must be from a scholarship, fellowship, or assistantship from an external funding source.|
|On-Campus Employment||Limited up to 20 hours per week while school is in session; may work full-time during vacation periods||Same as F-1|
|Curricular Practical Training (CPT)||Academic Training|
|Optional Practical Training (OPT)||Unforeseen Economic Hardship|
|Unforeseen Economic Hardship|
|Possibility of Changing Status||Yes, fairly easily||Yes/No. Depends on whether the student is subject to the 2-year home residency requirement.|
|Work Authorization For Spouse||Not allowed||Yes, with evidence that earnings are not to support the J-1 visa holder, and it requires BCIS approval.|
|Termination of Studies||Leave US immediately.||Leave US immediately.|
|Completion of Studies||Leave US in 60 days.||Leave US in 30 days.|
SIT offers multiple ways to support international students for whom English is not their first language, both before and during the on-campus academic year.
Prior to the start of the fall semester, incoming international students can enroll in an intensive academic preparation course. This two-week course is designed specifically for international students who wish to improve their English language and study skills before beginning the residency phase of an SIT graduate program.
Special attention is placed on grammar, academic reading and writing, note-taking strategies, class discussions, and presentations. Additionally, the course is a great opportunity to meet other international students.
For those students requiring more than two weeks of academic English, SIT has a conditional admission agreement with the International Language Institute (ILI) of Massachusetts. SIT may grant conditional acceptance to applicants who are otherwise admissible, with the condition that the applicant must successfully complete level 8 of the ESOL program at ILI before enrolling in one of SIT’s degree programs.