International Education (Global) Pre-departure

Master of Arts in International Education (Global)

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

Students are responsible for arranging their own accommodations in all sites, including for their practicum site. In each location, students have several options for housing:

  • Live with a host family (Chile and Vietnam only): This immersive option allows students to gain first-hand experience with intercultural learning. Each student is placed with a pre-screened family, has their own room with internet access and two meals per day, and is expected to spend time with their host family as well. Host families understand that graduate students are adults and thus will need some degree of independence, but students are asked and expected to communicate with their hosts regularly regarding personal travel, social engagements, etc. Students who select this option will be required to complete pre-arrival information forms and will be placed with a local family upon receipt of the forms and housing deposit.
  • Live independently: In this option, students have complete independence as they rent an apartment independently via the private market. Students may wish to share an apartment to lower their costs and are responsible for all aspects of their contracts with private landlords.
  • Live in guest house: In this option, students rent a room in a guest house. This offers more independence than staying with a host family and lower cost than a commercial apartment. Rooms are simple and include internet; some include basic cooking facilities as well but others do not. In such cases, students will be responsible for taking their meals on their own. SIT can recommend pre-screened guest houses for interested students.

Please note that upon their arrival in Santiago, Chile, students will be taken to a central meeting point to meet their host families or to their apartment. Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, all students are required to spend the first three nights, their orientation program, at a guest hostel near the SIT Center. The cost of this residency is included in students’ tuition.

SIT graduate students are responsible for booking their own travel to and from the program locations. In Chile, you will be obtaining a 90-day visa, therefore it is critical that you arrive and depart on the exact days listed. In Vietnam, you can apply for a multiple-entry visa for six months or more.

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.

  • September 8: Arrival in Santiago, Chile
  • September 8-11: Orientation
  • September 14: Classes begin
  • October 19-23: Mid-Semester Break
  • November 26-27: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 18: Classes end
  • January 19: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • January 20-22: Orientation
  • January 25: Classes begin
  • February 10-14: Tet Holiday (no classes)
  • March 22-26: Mid-Semester Break
  • April 30: Classes end
  • May 28-December 3: Practicum
  • December 6-10: Capstone Seminar (tentatively planned to take place in Brattleboro, Vermont, United States)

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.