Benefits of Studying Abroad

 

Acquire key perspectives on critical global issues.
SIT Study Abroad programs grapple with the complexities of global issues in a specific cultural and geographical context or comparatively across multiple locations. Explore issues related to globalization, development, poverty, the environment, and social inequity from unique vantage points. Return home with a more nuanced understanding of the world.

Rapidly advance your language skills.
Quickly enhance your skills in the language you’re studying at your home institution or learn a less commonly taught language spoken by a local community. SIT views language learning as a critical tool to greater intercultural competency, thematic understanding, and cultural understanding, and to the pursuit of field-based, independent research.

Learn research methods and ethics.
Pursue an original, field-based research project in an intercultural environment. Learn how to put into practice appropriate field research methods such as:

  • Cultural analysis
  • Participant observation
  • Quantitative data collection
  • Transects
  • Oral histories

Examine the ethics and impact of your research on local communities.

Form valuable new contacts and lasting connections.
Tap into a large network of contacts that includes SIT faculty, local academics, program staff, other SIT students, homestay families, program contributors, and others. Many SIT students draw upon the in-country academic and professional contacts they acquire during study abroad following their program’s conclusion—perhaps in pursuit of a Fulbright or Watson scholarship. Others stay in touch with homestay families for decades. Still others form lifelong friendships with their SIT peers. All of these relationships can be deeply enriching.

Advance your academic and career trajectory.
Gain hands-on field experience in professional areas such as global health, geosciences, and renewable energy. Complete a major project based on original, field-based research that can serve as a critical stepping stone to future achievements including senior theses, Fulbright and Watson fellowship topics, and undergraduate research symposia. See what alumni have done since studying on an SIT program.

"My experience abroad reemphasized where my interests lay, both personally and academically, and at the same time provided a holistic and invaluable aspect to my education involving insight into the human condition. Although people of different cultures and traditions may vary, certain human aspects have basic universal components worldwide. The interactions I had with several Kenyans emphasized those components and allowed me to expand my perception of people and my respect for differences."

—SIT Kenya Alum