Study Abroad During Your Master's Program

SIT students can study abroad as part of their master’s degree program through our intensive field courses.

IndiaSIT Graduate Institute offers a number of graduate study abroad programs and field courses at sites in the United States and around the world. Courses listed below are examples of those offered (not all courses are offered each semester). Students travel to a site to learn in depth about a topic relevant to that location.

Designed and led by core faculty, SIT’s intensive field courses provide students with experiential learning opportunities — in the US and abroad — through interaction with practitioners in the field, organization and project site visits, and professional networking. Field courses offer students rich onsite learning environments, and students often take advantage of this opportunity to explore possibilities for internships, conduct field research, and increase language proficiency.

To deliver diverse course offerings in locations around the world, SIT Graduate Institute collaborates with its partners throughout the larger SIT/World Learning network, which includes SIT Study Abroad and World Learning International Development and Exchange Programs.

Many of SIT’s field intensive courses have pre-departure sessions for students to develop a common conceptual framework in preparation for their field experience. Students who are unable to attend these on-campus sessions may join the sessions through remote conferencing.


To register for a field course, please email registrar@sit.edu or call 802 258-3283. Participation in an SIT field course is optional. Additional program fees apply. There are limited spaces for professionals and non-matriculated SIT students to apply for a field intensive course and earn graduate credit, continuing education units (CEUs), or to gain field exposure and expand their competencies. 

Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation: Practice
Location:
India
Dates: January 9–20, 2017
Credits: 2
Professor: Amy Jersild
Course number: MGMT-5104-INDA
Prerequisite: MGMT-5103

This two-week, full-time course is designed to offer students practical knowledge and skills relevant to program monitoring and evaluation. Building on knowledge gained in the one-credit Program Monitoring and Evaluation Concepts course offered in the fall semester, students will learn the skills needed to develop and execute project/program monitoring and evaluation plans and conduct impact evaluations in accordance with the OECD-DAC defined criteria used by development agencies and NGOs. 

For further information contact:
Amy Jersild at amy.jersild@sit.edu

Minimum enrollment: 10students
Maximum enrollment: 20 students

Estimated cost: $4,140

Offered to both Vermont and Washington, DC graduate students.

Leading and Managing Social Sector Organizations: Cases and Frameworks
Location:
Jordan
Dates: January 5–15, 2017
Credits: 2
Professor: Aqeel Tirmizi
Course number: MGMT-5209-JORD
Prerequisite: MGMT-5208

A vast majority of work focused on improving human conditions and social justice is carried out through social sector organizations working at local, national, and international levels. Competence in leadership and management of social sector organizations is essential for students in sustainable development and related fields. This course builds on the core concepts of Leading and Managing Social Sector Organizations: Concepts and Practice and introduces a number of cases and frameworks that aid high-impact leadership and management. The course will also highlight exemplary cases of social innovations and social sector organizations.

For further information contact:
Aqeel Tirmizi at aqeel.tirmizi@sit.edu

Minimum enrollment: 10students
Maximum enrollment: 20students

Estimated cost: $3,400

Offered to both Vermont and Washington, DC graduate students.

Special Topics in International Education: Intercultural Communication and TESOL Certification
Location:
Costa Rica
Dates: This course is not being offered in 2017
Credits: 2 credits plus a TESOL certificate
Professor: Linda Drake Gobbo
Course number: IEDP-5375-COST

This course is designed to develop in students a greater appreciation for the diversity and complexity of culture and to increase skills in facing the communication challenges inherent in working in diverse cultural environments. Students examine the interplay between their experience and current intercultural communication concepts, their cultural background, and the capacity to communicate with others. This intercultural communication course will be offered in conjunction with the four-week TESOL certification course delivered at Centro Espiral Mana in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, where participants will explore the application of general intercultural principles and vocabulary to this specific cultural context.

For further information contact:
Linda Drake Gobbo at linda.gobbo@sit.edu

Minimum enrollment: 10 students
Maximum enrollment: 15 students

Estimated cost: $4,000

Cross-Cultural Research Inquiry in Non-western Contexts
Location:
Caribbean
Dates: This course is not being offered in 2017
Credits: 2
Instructor: Ken Williams
Course Number: MPIM-5375-BARB
Prerequisite: MPIM-5510

The main purpose of this two-credit course is to (1) provide an opportunity for students to learn about the issues related to school systems and leadership in the Caribbean context and (2) to facilitate student learning in practicing cross-cultural and data collection in non-western contexts. This course provides the opportunity for participants who have taken the course Practitioner Inquiry to further deepen their skills in collecting data, conducting ethical cross-cultural research, and managing and analyzing collected data. Participants will first be oriented to working in the Caribbean environment with particular emphasis on the Caribbean education system and with care taken to differentiate it from the United States’ education system. A primary objective of this course is for participants to gain practice in conducting interviews and focus groups in a cross-cultural context. There will be an emphasis on developing postmodern research skills: interviewing power dynamics, interviewing across race and ethnic differences, interviewing children, and interviewing across genders. As part of a research team, participants will be able to explore and develop collaborative research skills.

For further Information contact:

Ken Williams at ken.williams@sit.edu

Minimum enrollment: 10 students
Maximum enrollment: 20 students

Estimated cost: $4,400

Policy Advocacy: Practice
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Dates: This course is not being offered in 2017
Credits: 2
Instructor: Suzanne Simon
Course number: SDIS-5224-MEXI
Prerequisite: SDIS-5223

This two-week, full-time course builds on the content of the one-credit Policy Advocacy Concepts course offered in the fall semester. It spirals back through, with more detail and sophistication, the core elements of an advocacy campaign: advocates, policy, politics, and strategy. In addition, significant attention is given to case study research methods, including assessing processes and outcomes and synthesis of generalizable lessons. 

For further information contact: Suzanne Simon at suzanne.simon@sit.edu

Minimum enrollment: 10 students
Maximum enrollment: 20 students

Estimated cost: $4,150

Offered to both Vermont and Washington, DC, graduate students

International Policy and Citizen Advocacy: Immigration
Location: Washington, DC
Dates: March 30–April 3, 2017
Credits: 1
Professor: Sora Friedman
Course number: SDIS-5310-WASH

Throughout the world, social, economic, environmental, educational, and human rights issues at both local and national levels are increasingly affected by policy decisions made by northern governments, multilateral institutions, and transnational corporations. This course, taught now for almost 20 years, is designed to provide students with a practical, real-life, inside understanding of how public policy on international matters is formulated, implemented, and enforced, and how citizens can advocate to influence the development of that policy. The focus of the course is on the process by which public policy is made and on the advocacy strategies and activities employed to influence that process. In order to best illustrate those processes, each section focuses on a single policy area — a case study. The case study for this section is immigration.

For further information contact:
Sora Friedman at sora.friedman@sit.edu

Minimum enrollment: 10 students
Maximum enrollment: 20 students

Estimated cost: $600

Leading and Managing Social Sector Organizations: Cases and Frameworks
Location:
Washington, DC
Dates: January 9–January 20, 2017
Credits: 2
Professor: Venkatesh Raghavendra
Course number: MGMT-5209-DC
Prerequisite: MGMT-5208

A vast majority of work focused on improving human conditions and social justice is carried out through social sector organizations working at local, national, and international levels. Competence in leadership and management of social sector organizations is essential for students in sustainable development and related fields. This course builds on the core concepts of the course Leading and Managing Social Sector Organizations: Concepts and Practice and introduces a number of cases and frameworks that aid high-impact leadership and management. The course will also highlight exemplary cases of social innovations and social sector organizations.

For further information contact:
Venkatesh Raghavendra at venkatesh.raghavendra@sit.edu

Minimum enrollment: 10 students
Maximum enrollment: 20 students

Estimated cost: $425

Offered to both Vermont and Washington, DC graduate students.

Policy Advocacy: Practice
Location:
Washington, DC
Dates: This course is not being offered in 2017
Credits: 2
Professor: Sarah Roma
Course number: SDIS-5224-DC
Prerequisite: SDIS-5223

This two-week, full-time course builds on the content of the one-credit Policy Advocacy Concepts course offered in the fall semester. It spirals back through, with more detail and sophistication, the core elements of an advocacy campaign: advocates, policy, politics, and strategy. In addition, significant attention is given to case study research methods, including assessing processes and outcomes and synthesis of generalizable lessons. 

For further information contact:
Sarah Roma at sarah.roma@sit.edu

Minimum enrollment: 10 students
Maximum enrollment: 20 students

Estimated cost: $425

Offered to both Vermont and Washington, DC graduate students.

Monitoring and Evaluation: Practice
Location:
Washington, DC
Dates: January 9-20, 2017
Credits: 2
Professor: TBD
Course number: MGMT-5104-DC
Prerequisite: MGMT-5103

This two-week, full-time course is designed to offer students practical knowledge and skills relevant to program monitoring and evaluation. Building on knowledge gained in the one-credit Program Monitoring and Evaluation Concepts course offered in the fall semester, students will learn the skills needed to develop and execute project/program monitoring and evaluation plans and conduct impact evaluations in accordance with the OECD-DAC defined criteria used by development agencies and NGOs.  

For further information contact:
Amy Jersild at amy.jersild@sit.edu

Minimum enrollment: 10 students
Maximum enrollment: 20 students

Estimated cost: $425

Offered to both Vermont and Washington, DC graduate students.

Tourism, Space, and Sustainability
Location: Morocco
Dates: January 23–February 3, 2017
Credits: 2 credits
Instructor: Mokhtar Bouba
Course number: SDIS-5375-MORO

Tourism plays a major role in international development, as traveling continues to be part of the human experience. According to the UN World Tourism Organization’s latest report, more than one billion people traveled last year to an international destination that makes tourism a major source of income and contributes about 10% to the global GDP. This course will focus the dynamics of tourism and cross-culture as they relate to space, environment, and sustainability in Morocco. Because of its strategic location at the crossroads of three continents, Morocco has been a favored destination for tourists for many centuries, hosting more than 10 million tourists in 2013.

For further information contact: Mokhtar Bouba at mokhtar.bouba@sit.edu

Minimum enrollment: 10 students
Maximum enrollment: 15 students

Estimated cost: $3,110

Language, Social Justice, and Education

Location: Senegal
Dates: January 4–17, 2017
Credits: 2 credits
Instructor: Karla Sarr
Course number: IEDP-5375-SENE

As our world becomes more and more globalized, the role of language as both linchpin and obstacle to intercultural understanding remains important and contentious. This is particularly true when pursuing identity work and contemplating social change. Utilizing a social justice lens, this course explores issues concerning language use in multilingual contexts with an emphasis on non-dominant languages and marginalized communities. The course explores the interchange between language practices and issues of identity, power, and oppression. For greater focus, the course investigates how education and schools, in particular, act as both linguistic meeting sites and instruments of linguistic and cultural domination. While students will have the opportunity to understand current trends in language practice and policy in education within multilingual contexts worldwide, Senegal will serve as the case study for field investigations. Students will have the opportunity to explore key issues through a variety of stakeholder perspectives.

For further information contact: Karla Sarr at karla.sarr@sit.edu

Minimum enrollment: 10 students
Maximum enrollment: 15 students

Estimated cost: $4,100

Displaced Persons and Refugees: Case Study
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Dates: This course is not being offered in 2017
Credits: 1
Professors: Karen Blanchard, Elizabeth Tannenbaum, and Leslie Turpin
Course number: ICHR-5375-BRVT

This field course will allow participants to engage with organizations and the people they serve, advocating and supporting displaced and refugee persons in the state of Vermont. It is intended to use Vermont as a case study of the issues that face refugees and displaced persons in the United States, primarily, while also looking at advocacy approaches in other parts of the world, both past and present.

For further information contact: Karen Blanchard at karen.blanchard@sit.edu

Minimum enrollment: 10 students
Maximum enrollment: 20 students

Estimated cost: $850