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 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. 

Tourism, Space, and Sustainability
Dates: January 1–13, 2018
Credits: 2
Professor: Mokhtar Bouba
Course number: TBD
Prerequisite: none

According to the UN World Tourism Organization’s latest report, more than one billion people traveled last year to an international destination. Tourism is thus a major source of income, contributing about 10 percent to the global GDP. This course will focus on the dynamics of cross-cultural tourism as they relate to space, environment, and sustainability in Morocco, a favored destination for tourists for many centuries.

To further experiential learning, you will travel while reflecting on travel and tourism. You’ll live with Moroccan families, witness how travelers interact with Moroccan spaces, culture and the environment, and learn about Moroccan cultural and social environments from the faculty of the Center for Cross-Cultural Learning in Rabat, and from program partners in local organizations and communities. Readings, lectures and discussions will explore sustainability and the environment, indigenous tourism, guest-host dynamics and other topics. You will be introduced to the two main languages of Morocco, Moroccan Arabic and Tamazight. 

For further information contact:
Mokhtar Bouba at

Estimated cost: TBD

Offered to both Vermont and Washington, DC graduate students.

Leading and Managing Social Sector Organizations: Cases and Frameworks
Dates: January 7–20, 2018
Credits: 2
Professor: Aqeel Tirmizi
Course number: TBD
Prerequisite: TBD

Most efforts to improve human life and advance social justice take place through social sector organizations. The skills to lead and manage such organizations are essential to a variety of fields. This course combines visits to local communities, social organizations and outstanding cultural sites with the study of management practice and theory, organizational learning, governance and other subjects. You will study elementary Arabic and the economic and social context of Jordan, visit the Dead Sea and the ancient city of Petra, and consider approaches to making social organizations as effective as possible.

For further information contact:
Aqeel Tirmizi at

Estimated cost: TBD

Offered to both Vermont and Washington, DC graduate students.

Whose Language? Exploring the Intersection of Identity, Politics, and Education 
Dates: January 3-17, 2018
Professor: Karla Giuliano Sarr
Course number: ITBD

As our world becomes more globalized, the role of language as both a key and an obstacle to understanding is more important than ever. This is particularly true when considering identity and social change. Using a social justice lens, you will explore how language functions in a multilingual society. You will visit schools, NGOs, funding agencies and local communities, both in Senegal’s capital Dakar and in field trips around the country. The course will pay particular attention to how schools can open doors for language encounters or reinforce the domination of one culture or language.

You will explore how language influences questions of identity, power, and oppression. You will also receive introductory Wolof language instruction, and be asked to participate in activities and exercises. 

For further information contact:
Kara Sarr at

Estimated cost: TBD

Offered to both Vermont and Washington, DC graduate students.

Monitoring and Evaluation: Practice
Location: India
Dates: January 8-19, 2018
Credits: 2
Instructor: Amy Jersild
Course Number: MGMT 5104
Prerequisite: MGMT 5103

This two-week course in Ahmedabad (recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site) offers you practical knowledge and skills for program monitoring and evaluation. You will visit four rural areas near Ahmedabad with our partner organization, the Human Development Research Center (HDRC), and consider such issues as housing, indigenous people’s access to the forest, access to education, and gender and women’s rights. Building on knowledge gained in MGMT 5103 in the fall, you will learn the skills and criteria used by development agencies, visit project sites and NGOs, speak with local community members, and design a framework for monitoring and evaluation.

For further Information contact:

Amy Jersild at

Estimated cost: TBD

Offered to both Vermont and Washington, DC graduate students.

International Policy and Citizen Advocacy: Immigration
Location: Washington, DC
Dates: March 26–30, 2018
Credits: 1
Professor: Sora Friedman
Course number: SDIS-5310
Prerequisite: none

Throughout the world, social, economic, environmental, educational, and human rights issues at local and national levels are increasingly affected by policy decisions made by northern governments, multilateral institutions, and transnational corporations. The focus of this course is the process by which public policy is made in the U.S., and the advocacy strategies that can influence that process. Through visits to the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, executive branch agencies, NGOS, multilateral agencies and others institutions, this course will provide a practical, real-life understanding of how international public policy is created and implemented at the U.S. federal level—and how citizens can influence that policy. To illustrate these processes, the course focuses on a single important topic: immigration.

For further information contact:
Sora Friedman at

Estimated cost: TBD

Offered to both Vermont and Washington, DC graduate students.