Advance your career — one class at a time — through courses in sustainable development, international education, peacebuilding and conflict transformation, and TESOL.

Members of the Brattleboro community and surrounding region can take a graduate course at SIT Graduate Institute’s Brattleboro, Vermont, campus on a space-available basis. For details on all SIT courses, please refer to the SIT Graduate Institute course catalog

How to enroll

Individuals interested in enrolling in an SIT Graduate Institute course should apply using our online application system; additional details pertaining to admissions criteria and the admissions process are also below.  

Topic areas

SIT Graduate Institute offers courses in the following fields and degree areas:

  • International Education — Courses cover a diversity of topics including planning and managing international education and exchange programs, international education policy, and international student services. Students can develop skills and expertise related to advising, exchange management, nonformal and community education, volunteer program management, and other areas.
  • Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation — SIT peacebuilding and conflict transformation courses offer practical skills and strategies for peacebuilding, conflict management, and conflict resolution. Courses are designed using a holistic, multidisciplinary approach, and course instructors draw upon their real-world experience in the field.

    Note: SIT Graduate Institute runs a three-week professional and academic program in conflict transformation each summer; learn more about SIT’s CONTACT program.
  • Sustainable Development — Non-matriculated students can build competencies in valuable areas such as community empowerment, monitoring and evaluation, policy analysis, advocacy and training, economic development, program planning, and proposal writing. Vermont is at the forefront of sustainable development initiatives in the US — students in SIT’s sustainable development courses are frequently able to connect with local communities and relevant organizations, including those led by SIT alumni.
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) — SIT TESOL courses stress the practical applications of learning and effective teaching, and learning is balanced in the domains of knowledge, skills, attitude, and awareness in the context of language. SIT’s teaching English programs have engaged in cohort-based teacher education for more than 40 years, and its master’s program is the oldest and largest of its kind.
  • Language Courses — SIT Graduate Institute offers two semester-long sessions of language classes and also a January intensive session on the Brattleboro campus through its Language and Culture Department. Language classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30–5:15 PM or 6:30–8:15 PM. Community members may enroll in Language and Culture Department courses on a space-available basis. You must be at least 17 years old to enroll. Learn more about language course offerings.

The following is a sample of SIT Graduate Institute courses.*

For a complete listing of all courses offered by SIT Graduate Institute for the upcoming academic year, please see the course catalog

3-Credit Courses

  • Conflict and Identity 
  • Cross-Cultural Counseling
  • Leadership, Community, and Coalition Building
  • Leading and Managing Social Sector Organizations
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning: Concepts and Practices 
  • Skills and Practices in Inter-Group Dialogue
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Planning and Implementation
  • Theory and Practice of International Education
  • Theory and Practice of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
  • Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development
  • Training for Social Action
  • Youth Program Leadership

2-Credit Courses

  • Fundraising and Grantwriting
  • Dismantling Disability
  • Mediation
  • Popular and Nonformal Education
  • Policy Advocacy: Practice

1-Credit Courses

  • Policy Advocacy Concepts
  • Skills and Practices in Inter-Group Dialogue
  • Statistics for Practitioners

Language Courses

  • Advanced English
  • Arabic
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Each year, SIT Graduate Institute also offers field-based courses overseas and in the US. These courses may be open to non-matriculated students. 

* Please note that priority is given to matriculated SIT Graduate Institute students, and not all courses are offered each term. It is possible that some courses may not be available to non-matriculated students.

Admissions criteria

In order to enroll as a non-matriculated student in an SIT Graduate Institute course, an individual must possess a college degree or the equivalent, have relevant professional or academic experience (a résumé may be required), and conduct a short (typically 15-minute) phone interview with an SIT faculty member. Official transcripts are not required. Additional criteria may be required for specific courses. 


Non-matriculated students will be expected to attend and participate in all classes and complete coursework and projects as assigned. (This does not apply to non-matriculated students auditing a course.)

Tuition costs cover classroom time and academic credit. Since non-matriculated students do not pay student fees, certain campus services such as counseling, access to recreation equipment and facilities, participation in student organizations, and on-campus housing are not available. Anyone wishing to purchase a commuter meal plan may do so at the Cashier’s Office.


Non-matriculated students may take up to six credits of coursework without applying for admission to SIT Graduate Institute. After completing a total of six credits, an individual will be required to apply and gain admission to SIT Graduate Institute should she/he wish to enroll in additional SIT courses.

Educational Approach

SIT’s educational approach is based on the principles of adult learning, of experiential education, and of learner empowerment. For more information on SIT’s approach and its philosophy, areas of emphasis, and other topics, please review the course catalog.

To Apply

Those interested in enrolling in a course for credit should complete an online application. For individuals interested in a language course, please complete and return the Language Class Application.