How is climate change impacting regions differently? How are people adapting to these changes?
What are the appropriate roles of government, business, social movements, and individuals in addressing this multifaceted crisis?
Which technologies and traditional forms of local knowledge can realistically meet humanity’s need for energy in a sustainable way?
What are the economic interests and institutional arrangements that prevent us from more effectively addressing the climate crisis?
Recent Program Sites
San Francisco, USA
Can Tho and Hanoi, Vietnam
There is no "typical day"on an SIT International Honors Program. Activities may take place on any day of the week and at any time of day to be in accordance with local norms and to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Thus, the schedule and structure of the program are likely very different from what students are used to on their home campuses.The semester progresses in phases:
The program begins in a US city, where students receive an introduction to the program’s theme, examine that theme in a US context, and prepare for travel to the other program sites.
The program then spends four or five weeks in each of the other program sites where students are introduced to field experiences by exploring neighborhoods, live with a host family, and examine the interconnections of the economy, the environment, politics, and society in vastly different contexts.
Each program is composed of four courses, totaling 16 credits.
Students produce a cumulative study project involving comparative research from across the semester.
What Makes SIT Unique
SIT Study Abroad offers a field-based, experiential approach to learning.
Each program has a small group of students (typically 10–35).
On an SIT program, students gain high levels of access to many different stakeholders and experts relevant to the issues the program is examining.
Extensive learning is done outside the classroom — in host communities, field stations, NGO headquarters, ecological sites, health clinics, and art studios.
Many students go on to use their research project as a basis for senior theses on their home campuses. Others use their undergraduate research and overall study abroad experience to successfully apply for fellowships such as Fulbrights and Watsons.