Master of Arts in Climate Change and Global Sustainability Pre-departure

Master of Arts in Climate Change and Global Sustainability Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to SIT!

We are pleased to welcome you to SIT’s global master’s program. To ensure your place in the upcoming class at SIT, you will need to complete the following steps. If you have any questions, please contact your admissions officer directly or admissions@sit.edu.

If you have not yet applied for financial aid, this is an important next step. If you do not intend to apply for financial aid, please notify your admissions officer.

Financial aid information and instructions:

  • International students will automatically be considered for a merit-based scholarship. You do not need to submit any additional information.
  • US citizens and permanent residents

US Citizens and Permanent Residents
To secure your place in the incoming class, you must submit your $400 nonrefundable deposit payment by logging back into the student portal.

You may also send a check or money order to:

SIT Graduate Institute
Office of Admissions
Box 676
Kipling Road
Brattleboro, Vermont 05302

International Students
International students must pay their first semester tuition and fees as part of their enrollment process. Therefore, SIT does not require the $400 deposit payment for international students.

Housing in Iceland

Student housing is available at a dormitory connected to the local university. The dormitory is conveniently located near the University Centre of the Westfjords campus where you will take all your classes. Given the housing market, this is the most affordable, accessible, and comfortable option in Ísafjörður. You may also choose to find your own accommodations on the private market, though options are extremely limited due to the tight housing market, small town size, and the duration of your stay in Iceland. Therefore SIT strongly recommends that you stay in the dormitory. More information about housing is available in the FAQs below.

Housing in Zanzibar

SIT’s housing coordinator is available to support you in finding housing in Stone Town. All housing is rented through private landlords, and a few different options are available. Final decisions about housing will made after your arrival in Zanzibar. During orientation, the program chair and housing coordinator will take you on a tour of the available housing, after which you will make your selection and sign your contract with the appropriate landlord(s).

Please download and complete the below form below and submit it to your admissions counselor to indicate your housing preferences and plans.

Housing Form

SIT graduate students are responsible for booking their own travel to and from the program locations. In Iceland and Zanzibar, you will be obtaining a 90-day visa, therefore it is critical that you arrive and depart from both locations on the exact days listed. For the Iceland semester, you will receive a 90-day tourist visa for the Schengen zone, a group of 26 European countries (for a list, please see the link below). It is important to note that the 90-day visa applies to the entire Schengen zone, not just Iceland. The program includes the full 90 days in Iceland. Arrival in the Schengen zone prior to the start of the program is NOT possible. It is also NOT possible to remain in Iceland (or anywhere in the Schengen zone) after the program ends. Therefore, you cannot book travel in most of Europe directly before or directly after the Iceland portion of the program. For more information, please refer to: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/go/schengen-fact-sheet.html

SIT Graduate Institute’s preferred travel provider is Key Travel, offering humanitarian fares for SIT travelers (delegates), these fares (where available) are often more flexible and cheaper than commercial fares, with low deposit and often very reasonable cancellation policies. While you are not required to use Key Travel, we encourage you to consider these fares when making travel arrangements. 

Student Health Forms
All students are required to submit a health form. Please complete and return the following form to Cheryl Pennie Williams, manager of Student Health Administration, at studenthealth@sit.edu or fax to 802 258-3509.

Health form

This health form must be received in order for you to be able to register for or attend classes.

Health Guidelines
The guidelines below are designed to inform you about the health risks, requirements, and recommendations for Iceland and Zanzibar, including immunizations. Please note that some immunizations are required for participation in this program, and a few immunizations are needed up to seven weeks prior to your departure.

Health Guidelines and Requirements

Student Insurance

SIT Graduate Institute provides students with travel, accident, and illness coverage for the international components of your global master’s program. Please note that this coverage is not in affect for any medical expenses incurred in the US. Therefore, we highly recommend that you maintain coverage in the US for the duration of your global master’s program.

SIT Graduate Institute partners with International SOS to provide medical and security services. International SOS has been providing high quality global medical and security services for over 25 years. In the unlikely event of a medical emergency, the highest quality medical care will be arranged for you. If necessary, the coverage facilitates medical and security evacuation of students.

The services of International SOS are meant to compliment the risk management and health recommendations of the SIT Student Affairs team as well as the support of our field-based staff. You will be automatically enrolled in this coverage.

SIT does not provide dental coverage or property loss insurance. We encourage you to purchase personal property insurance independently.

International SOS

SIT Graduate Institute wants to help ensure the health and safety of all of our Global Master’s students while abroad. As such, we partner with International SOS, providing membership to all of our students in their medical and security assistance services. International SOS has been providing high quality global medical and security services for more than 25 years. In the unlikely event of a medical emergency while outside the U.S., the highest quality medical care will be arranged for you. If necessary, the coverage facilitates medical and security evacuation of students from the country.

The services of International SOS are meant to compliment the risk management and health recommendations of the SIT Graduate Institute Student Affairs team. All participants are automatically enrolled in this coverage.

Students are strongly encouraged to maintain their ongoing coverage in the US.

Students are insured through Nationwide, which has a direct billing agreement in place with International SOS to ensure a seamless claims process.  For further details about the Nationwide policy coverage, read the Summary of Benefits.

SIT’s membership with International SOS includes access to a 24-hour emergency assistance network. This multilingual service can help locate appropriate medical treatment; coordinate with doctors and hospitals; arrange direct payment, emergency medical evacuation, replacement of stolen passports or tickets; and provide other general assistance.

All students should print the membership card and carry a copy with them at all times.

If you are in need of emergency medical support services:

  • Contact your program director or program associate
  • Contact International SOS immediately by calling +1 215 942-8478
  • Identify yourself with the membership number 11BYCA639556 or mention SIT Graduate Institute

Students should expect to pay upfront all medical costs incurred locally and file for reimbursement. If you have paid out-of-pocket expenses to cover medical costs, please use the following claim form to submit for reimbursement.

International SOS Contact Information

www.internationalsos.com

Call direct or collect: +1 215 942-8478. There is 24-hour, seven-days-a-week coverage.

Member number: 11BYCA639556

Download the International SOS assistance app.

Food Services in Iceland

You are responsible for providing your own meals while in Iceland, except during orientation when meals are provided by SIT. If you choose to stay in the dormitory you will receive breakfast and lunch at the dormitory canteen Monday through Friday as part of your room and board fee. Dinners and all meals on Saturday and Sunday are not provided.

Food Services in Zanzibar

You are responsible for all meals while in Zanzibar, except during orientation when meals are provided by SIT. If you choose to go through SIT’s housing coordinator to secure your accommodations, your apartment will have a furnished kitchen.

  • August 22: Arrival in Reykjavik
  • August 23–26: Orientation in Ísafjörður
  • August 27: Classes begin in Ísafjörður
  • November 16: Classes end in in Ísafjörður
  • November 18: All students depart Iceland
  • January 10: Arrival in Zanzibar
  • January 11–13: Orientation in Zanzibar
  • January 14: Classes begin in Zanzibar
  • April 5: Classes end in Zanzibar
  • April 8: All students depart Zanzibar
  • Mid-May: Practicum begins
  • Mid-August: Capstone presentations and end of program
  • Billing Information

SIT places the highest priority on each student’s safety, security, and health. During orientation in each country, our staff will provide the resources and knowledge needed for a safe and productive academic experience in each location. SIT provides student support through both in-country staff and staff and resources in Brattleboro, Vermont. Detailed information about health, wellness, and mental health resources in each location will be delivered during your in-country orientation.

For more information, please review the student handbook and visit the program page.

Unlike receiving a package here in the US, receiving a package at your program site is expensive and problematic. Customs agents must inspect all packages and you, as the recipient, are responsible for any fees. In addition, there are cases of items being lost in the mail or taking so long to reach the recipient that the recipient is nearly back in the US by the time the items are received. For these reasons, sending packages should be done only for emergency situations. Additionally, sending valuables is highly discouraged. 

For this program, DHL services are available in country and are recommended. Despite cheaper prices, the US Postal Service is not advised due to delays and unreliability.

  • Your Mailing Address in Iceland. Please ask your correspondents to use this address:

    [Your name], SIT Graduate Institute student
    C/O Háskólasetur Vestfjarða
    Suðurgötu 12
    IS-400 Ísafjörður
    ICELAND
  • Your Mailing Address in Zanzibar. Please ask your correspondents to use this address:

    [Your name], SIT Graduate Institute student
    SIT-World Learning
    opposite Mauwani Guest Inn
    Vuga, Stone Town
  • WebAdvisor. By now you may be familiar with the WebAdvisor site. You will continue to use WebAdvisor to see your course schedule, your grades, your bill, financial aid, progress toward graduation, and other items. Please stay familiar with it.
  • Library. The Donald B. Watt Library and Information Commons offers a valuable physical and electronic collection and study space at the Vermont campus. In addition, a wealth of online resources for students including databases, journal articles, ebooks, Mango Languages, films on demand, Refworks, and Libguides are available for your on-campus and off-campus studies. The library also houses original student and faculty research in the SIT Digital Collections database, which can be accessed from all over the world.