SIT Study Abroad

SIT offers  immersive semester study abroad programs in a wide range of locations with an emphasis on experiential learning and student-directed research. 

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Overview

SIT programs are all focused on critical global issues: Arts, Media, and Social Change; Development, Urban Studies, and Entrepreneurship; Global Health; Identity and Globalization; Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity, and Environmental Policy; Post-Conflict Transformation; and Social Movements, Education, and Human Rights.  Programs are offered in Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.  Students on SIT programs take a set curriculum of courses focused on the critical global issue and engage in an independent research project.  Courses are designed to be hands-on and to prepare students for the research project.  Programs include a range of topics, including those related to anthropology, art, cultural studies, geography, health, history, international development, international relations, journalism, language studies, political science, and sociology.  Topics covered often cross these designations, and coursework may be applicable to a range of academic departments.

Application Information

Requirements for Admission

  • Sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Some programs have language pre-requisites; see the SIT program page for more information
  • Some programs have specific course pre-requisites; see the SIT program page for more information

Deadlines

  • Spring 2018 Deadline: October 2, 2017
  • Fall 2018 Deadline: March 2, 2018

How to Apply

Program Calendar

Fall

  • Most programs start in late August and run into December
  • Note: Each program has it's own exact dates. Please refer to the SIT website for individual program dates

Spring

  • Most programs start in late January or in February and run into May or June
  • Note: Each program has its own exact dates. Please refer to the SIT website for individual program dates

Getting There

Flight & Orientation

Varies by program but SIT always conducts an orientation on-site during the first few days of the program.  Typically, the orientation is led by program faculty and staff and provides the students with health and safety information, cross-cultural skills, and site-specific information to introduce students to the host country.  During the orientation, students also learn more about the program expectations and goals and get to know the other students on the program.  Students are responsible for their own flight arrangements. Most SIT programs provide airport pick-up for students arriving at an arranged date and time.

Visa

Varies depending on program chosen. SIT will send detailed visa application instructions to you.  US citizens are required to get a visa for many SIT program locations. For more information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page

Academic Information

SIT

World Learning is a nonprofit organization that manages a variety of international education and exchange programs including SIT Study Abroad, the program of World Learning that develops and manages undergraduate study abroad programs.  World Learning and SIT are recognized as leaders in the field of international education, and their study abroad programs are unique in the emphasis on total integration, field-based and experiential learning, and independent student research.  Programs foster academic rigor, intensive cultural immersion, substantial community involvement, and an emphasis on field-based research. The program curriculum incorporates classroom instruction and field study into each course.

Courses

Each SIT Study Abroad program comprises several of the following academic components. Program-specific components are listed on individual program web pages.

  • Interdisciplinary Seminars: Thematic seminars merge student experience with academic theory to examine critical issues from multiple perspectives.
  • Educational Excursions/Site Visits: Excursions outside the classroom are an integral part of each program. Excursions provide comparative perspectives on important program themes and offer new settings in which to engage.
  • Intensive Language Study: Programs typically offer language study at the intermediate and advanced levels and/or beginning instruction in a less commonly taught language spoken by the local community.
  • Fieldwork Methods and Ethics: Students learn appropriate methodologies that prepare them to undertake fieldwork on topics connected to the program theme. Students develop research skills and approaches. Students also examine the ethics and impact of their research on local communities.
  • Independent Study Project (ISP): Typically conducted during the last month of the semester, the ISP allows students to pursue original research on selected subjects requiring deep investigation and analysis. Final projects generally include a 20 to 40-page paper and presentation to peers, academic staff, and interested members of the host community. In addition to the typical research paper, projects can take the form of oral histories, case studies, or artistic presentations.
  • Case Studies: Case Studies offer opportunities for in-depth investigation and study through independent research and field visits.
  • Practicum/Community Project: Practicum placements and community service projects offer students the opportunity to work with a local entrepreneur, small business, nonprofit, or NGO as a core component of the program. In addition to granting students the opportunity to critically examine a topic, community, or situation in a field study context, the experience can provide a new setting in which to further language skills and cultural immersion while giving back to the host community.

Transfer of credit

SIT semester programs typically offer 12-17 credits. See individual program listings for credit distribution and other details. Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from SIT.  It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.

Approved SIT Programs

The following list includes all the SIT programs that are Approved Rollins Programs.  Please note that Rollins does NOT guarantee that Rollins students will be allowed to participate on any program to a country with an active Travel Warning.  The Director of IP will review requests to participate on these programs (noted below) on a case-by-case basis.

Africa, South of the Sahara

North Africa and the Middle East

Asia and the Pacific

Europe

Latin-America

Housing & Meals

Housing

Through carefully chosen homestays, students gain a close view of the local culture and experience the daily rhythm of life as a member of a host family.  Homestays provide unique context and perspectives on issues being studied, additional language practice, and new avenues toward cultural understanding.  Homestays are designed to reflect the full diversity of the community, with families representing a large variety of occupational, economic, and educational levels.  Many programs offer homestays in both urban and rural areas to give students contrasting views of life in different socioeconomic or ethnic contexts.  Rural homestays may involve basic living conditions, frequently without electricity or running water. Homestay placements are arranged by a local homestay coordinator who screens and approves each family.  Families vary in occupational, educational, and economic levels and live in diverse settings.  Families include one or more adults and may or may not include children.  Students are matched first and foremost based on health requirements and then on program match.  When not living with a homestay family, students stay in lodgings chosen under the guidance of the academic director.  Accommodations may include guest houses, educational institutions, hostels or small hotels, depending on local conditions and customs.

Meals

All meals are included in the program.  Students generally eat some meals in the homestay, some meals with the program group, and receive a stipend for meals on-site during the Independent Study Project.

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester.

  • Fall 2017: $31,534
  • Spring 2018: $31,531

Includes

Tuition and program administration, accommodation, meals, visa, complete medical and emergency insurance, orientation, and educational excursions and activities. During the period of the Independent Study Project, students are given a stipend to cover the costs of accommodation, meals, and limited on-site transportation.

Does Not Include

  • Airfare from Orlando: $600 - $2,000 (estimate)
  • Visa fee: $100 - $500 (estimate)
  • Immunizations (if required): $400 - $1,000 (estimate)
  • Personal expenses and course materials: $1,000 (estimate)
  • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: $800 - $1,600 (estimate)
  • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary

Need-Based Scholarships

scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad.  Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.

Advising

Advising is offered on a walk-in basis: Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm - 2pm during the normal semester. If you are unable to make it at these times, email, call or stop by to set up an appointment. We can also put you in touch with members of our Global Ambassador Program. These are students who have completed a study abroad program and would be happy to share their experiences with you. You may also want to review our blog site to see what past students have said about their adventures on this program.

Please Note: This program has a required advising session (30 mins) as part of the application process. Please email Becky Johnson (rejohnson@rollins.edu) to schedule an appointment.