Global Master of Arts in
Diplomacy & International Relations (Full-Time)

Pre-Program Documents



We are pleased to welcome you to SIT’s Graduate Institute and are excited that you will begin the Diplomacy and International Relations Global Master’s program soon. Everyone at SIT, faculty and staff alike, is looking forward to working with you. Please read through the information provided on this pre-program information page carefully.  If you have any questions, please contact your admissions officer directly or [email protected].

Program Chair Welcome Letter

Read the welcome letter from Bruce W. Dayton, PhD, Chair and Associate Professor of the MA in Diplomacy and International Relations; Goran Jovanovic, PhD, Co-Chair and Affiliated Faculty of Switzerland in the MA in Diplomacy and International Relations; and Stewart Chirova, MS, MPS, Program Coordinator for South Africa in the MA in Diplomacy and International Relations.

Program Dates

Preparing for Your Program

Student Health, Safety & Wellbeing Services

Health Guidelines & Vaccines

The guidelines below are designed to inform you about the country-specific health risks and any required or recommended immunizations as specified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Health Guidelines & Requirements

COVID 19 Risk Management ProtocolsSIT will send you a risk management plan for your first semester location prior to the second pre-departure meeting with your admissions officer and academic chair approximately two weeks prior to departure.

Health Insurance

SIT Graduate Institute provides students with accident and illness coverage for the international components of your program. Please note that this coverage is not in effect for any medical expenses incurred in the US. It covers you from the time you arrive to your program site until your program ends at that site. Therefore, we highly recommend that you maintain your ongoing coverage in the US, if applicable.

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

Health Insurance and iSOS

Student Support Services

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.

Disability Services

Wellness Tips & Mental Health Resources

Sexual Safety & Title IX

Flight, Visa & Passport Information

Program Sites

Washington, DC

The program takes place in multiple sites around Washington, DC, with seminar space at the headquarters of SIT’s parent organization, World Learning, which is a five-minute walk from the White House. Students visit agencies and organizations such as the United States Agency for International Development; the Department of Defense; the United Nations Foundation; the United States Institute of Peace; the Nature Conservancy; and the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

Cape Town, South Africa

The SIT program center is located in the southern suburb of Rondebosch in Cape Town. This neighborhood is also the location of the University of Cape Town (UCT) main campus. The SIT program site is equipped with high-speed fibre and wireless internet. The site includes the program library and a main classroom that can comfortably seat up to 20 adults. It is equipped with an air conditioner and has both audio and video equipment. In addition to the main classroom there are three smaller rooms that may be used for break-out sessions. Access to the building is controlled by a pass code; anyone visiting the center must either be let it or must have the pass code. The center also has a safe where students may store their passports and other valuables. There are several useful facilities within walking distance including cafes, a gym, groceries stores, banks and a safe park.

Nyon, Switzerland

This program is based in Nyon in the beautiful Lake Geneva Riviera region. The classroom is situated on the third floor of an office building located five minutes from the local train station and next to a main shopping mall in downtown Nyon. The SIT center includes a large, well-lit classroom equipped with a large screen, wifi, and a library/study room. There is a spacious terrace accessible from the library, which is open to students on break and in good weather. From Nyon, it takes 15 minutes by train to get to downtown Geneva. Trains from Nyon to Geneva run every 15 minutes and the Swiss transport network is well connected to other towns such as Gland, Morges and Lausanne.


Registering for Classes

Dear Student,

Congratulations on your acceptance to the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute!  As Registrar, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our community.

The registrar’s office staff are happy to support you in your academic career with all that concerns course registration, enrollment certification, veterans’ benefits, grades, academic policy, degree audits, transcripts, application to graduate, and issuance of diplomas.

Approximately two weeks prior to the beginning of your first term of enrollment, I will send more detailed information to you via your SIT email address about when and in which courses you should register, rather than overwhelm you with information now.  In the meantime, I invite you to familiarize yourself with Colleague Self-Service, the online interface with Colleague, our Student Information System, which you will use to register for classes, consult your course schedule, final grades, tuition bill and financial aid, and progress toward graduation.

Should you have any questions, please never hesitate to contact us.  We are happy to help!

Ginny Nellis, Registrar

[email protected]

Office: 802-258-3283

Cheryl Haskins, Associate Registrar

[email protected]

Office: 802.258.3582

Academic and Technical Support

The following support services will be available to you as soon as your program begins.

Mango Languages is a service available to all current SIT students, faculty, and staff. Mango Languages provides access to more than 70 foreign language courses and 17 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Academic Writing Support
The Online Writing Center is available to all Graduate Institute students who are working on course and degree related writing projects. Students can work one-on-one with a trained writing coach to receive objective, constructive feedback on their writing projects at any stage of development by scheduling a synchronous or asynchronous appointment with the Online Writing Center at

Library Services: The Donald B. Watt Library provides access to electronic resources including e-booksjournalsonline databases, and [email protected], which include selected Graduate Capstone Papers, MA TESOL Independent Professional Projects (IPP), and Undergraduate Independent Study Projects (ISP). In addition to these resources, our professional librarians provide both real time and asynchronous general reference consultations, database  navigation and research assistance, citation management instruction, and liaison with other libraries to obtain outside materials via Interlibrary Loan. For library hours, collection access, or to schedule an appointment please visit us at or contact us at [email protected].

Canvas Support
SIT’s Online Courses: Canvas


Online courses at SIT utilize the learning management system called Canvas. In Canvas, students interact with online learning environments created by their instructors. Canvas is a secure and integrated system that can be used to review syllabi, watch embedded video, post in forum discussions, and submit assignments.

Canvas Username Recovery/Password Resets
For Canvas support issues or questions, please send an email to: [email protected]. To reset Canvas passwords, click HERE and select “Forgot Password?”.

Technical Support
For technical issues or questions, please send an email to [email protected].


Career Services

SIT offers a variety of services to help students explore their career options, develop their professional networks, build their job seeker skills, and connect them with internship and job opportunities. Learn more here.

SIT Graduate Institute Course Catalog