Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance and Crisis Management Pre-departure

Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance and Crisis Management 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

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.

Room and board are the responsibility of each graduate student, and costs are NOT included in the tuition. In both Jordan and Uganda, housing assistance is available through SIT. In both cases, SIT Graduate Institute has provided preferred options, and can provide information on the local housing markets and options, figures for budgeting, and services available. However, each graduate student must complete the necessary documentation with SIT to secure their own housing. Some landlords don’t give contracts or tenancy agreements but SIT will ensure that they provide the necessary support the students need. All students are required to fill out a housing form regardless of which option they choose in each location.

Housing in Jordan

Housing options include homestay or shared apartments.

The homestay option is recommended as it offers the chance for immersion in the local culture and provides an excellent opportunity to experience Jordanian lifestyles, perspectives, and values. Students have their own private room, utilities included (except internet), and all meals included, the cost is about $680 per month. We recommend this as the preferred option.

Shared apartments are furnished and shared with other SIT students. Typically, these apartments have three bedrooms, shared kitchen and bathroom for between $500 – $1000 per month, rent cost is split between the number of students. Utilities (electricity, heat, hot water, internet, etc.) are not included and are quite expensive in Jordan – which is why we recommend the homestay option.

Please see the housing form for more information on all housing options in Jordan.

Housing in Uganda

Housing options include homestay, shared apartment, the graduate dorm at Makerere University, or a private apartment.

The homestay option is recommended as it offers the chance for immersion in the local culture and provides an excellent opportunity to experience Ugandan lifestyles, perspectives, and values. Students have their own private room, utilities included (except internet), and all meals included, the cost is about $200 per month. We recommend this as the preferred option.

Shared apartments are furnished and shared with other SIT students. Typically, these apartments have three to six bedrooms, shared kitchen and bathroom, utilities are not included, the rent is $500 per month per student. Internet cost around $35 per month, and electricity and water are usually around $50 per month.

The graduate dorm at Makerere University offers another apartment option to get immersed in the local culture. The dorm offers furnished private rooms and shared apartments between SIT students, rent is $54 per month per student, utilities are not included and cost around $110 per month, per apartment (not including internet). Internet cost around $35 per month, per student.

Private apartments are also available for students. These are one-bedroom furnished apartments that include a kitchen and bathroom costs around $500 per month. Utilities (not including internet) are not included and cost approximately $50 per month, $35 per month for internet.

Please see the housing form for more information on all housing options in Uganda.

Housing Form

SIT graduate students are responsible for booking their own travel to and from the program locations. In Jordan and Uganda, (if you are a US citizen) 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 Jordan semester, you will receive a 30-day tourist visa upon arrival, then program staff will assist you in extending the visa another 60 days. Students with US passports do not need a visa to enter Switzerland for the international excursion. If you have spent more than 90 days in the Schengen area (see list of Schengen countries here) in the past six months, please contact your admissions counselor. For international students you will have research what visas you will need for Jordan and Switzerland, please see the Flight, Visa, and Passport document below for more information.

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 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 Jordan and Uganda, 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 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 does not provide dental coverage, or travel, or property loss insurance. We encourage you to purchase personal property and travel 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 insured through Cigna Global, which has a direct billing agreement in place with International SOS to ensure a seamless claims process. For further details about the Cigna Global 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 be prepared to pay for their own medical expenses out of pocket, keep their receipts, and then submit a claim for reimbursement at Students will need to provide details about the date of their treatment and their diagnosis, upload receipts, and provide banking information for direct deposit reimbursement.

International SOS Contact Information

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.

You are responsible for providing your own meals while in Jordan and Uganda, unless they are included in your housing choice (homestay), and except during orientation when meals are provided by SIT.

  • August 25, 2020: Arrival in Amman, Jordan

  • August 26 – 29: Orientation in Amman (accommodation provided in modest hotel during orientation) 

  • August 30: Students move into their homestays or shared apartments

  • August 30 – October 22: Classes begin

  • October 23 – November 1: Excursion to Geneva, Switzerland

  • November 2 – December 10: Classes continue

  • December 11: End of semester 1 (all students depart Jordan) 

  • December 12 – January 5, 2021: Break

  • January 6, 2021: Arrival in Kampala, Uganda

  • January 7 – 11: Orientation in Kampala (accommodation provided in modest hotel during orientation

  • January 12: Students move into their homestays, private apartments, or shared apartments

  • January 13 – April 27: Classes

  • May 2: End of semester 2

  • May 2 – May 12: Break 

  • May 13: Practicum begins, students arrive in Uganda or Jordan 

  • August 14: Capstone presentations and end of third semester 

  • August 15, 2021: Graduation date

  • 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 Jordan. Please ask your correspondents to use this address:

    [Your name], SIT Graduate Institute student
    14 Zahran Street
    Zahran – Amman
  • Your Mailing Address in Uganda. Please ask your correspondents to use this address:

    [Your name]
    SIT/World Learning Resource Center
    P.O. Box 23431
    Plot 107, Buganda Road
    Wandegeya, Kampala
  • 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.