In memory of Elise Andre, founder of SIT’s MATESOL program

Elise Andre passed away in Richmond, Kentucky, on March 14, 2019. By Beatriz Fantini When SIT Founder Jack Wallace decided to establish a Master of Arts program at the school in the Teaching of Languages, he sought a person with foreign language experience and familiarity with The Experiment philosophy. When…

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2018 Alice Rowan Swanson fellow Leslie Massicotte: Empowering Girls

Leslie Massicotte received SIT’s 2018 Swanson fellowship to pursue sexual education work in Rwanda. In this piece, reposted from Leslie’s blog, she discusses the work the fellowship supported. Stay tuned for news about SIT’s 2019 Alice Rowan Swanson fellow!   Blushing faces. Eyes downcast. Nervous giggles. Awkward silences. These are…

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Friends in high places

SIT Study Abroad this month welcomed nine faculty and study abroad officers from throughout the United States on a site visit to Nepal. Representatives came from partner schools in Vermont (St. Michael’s College), Pennsylvania (Ursinus College), Washington, D.C. (Georgetown and George Washington universities), North Carolina (Davidson College), Florida (Rollins College),…

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Meet SIT and World Learning leaders empowering women around the world

International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on March 8, is an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women and efforts to support them. SIT Study Abroad and SIT Graduate Institute are part of World Learning. World Learning’s global development and exchange programs strengthen leadership, intercultural understanding, and…

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SIT alum Katharina Zellweger on the ‘6 Ms’ changing North Korea

In the early 1990s, Katharina Zellweger was working at Caritas Hong Kong, a job she’d held since 1978. She took time away from Caritas to attend SIT’s International Administration program. After completing her master’s degree, Zellweger returned to her work involving Hong Kong’s Vietnamese refugees, projects in China, and later…

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Cameroon alumna: Study abroad is ‘how you grow’

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This article first appeared in The Daily Nebraskan, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s independent student newspaper. It is reprinted here with permission. By Ana Chincoa Chelsea Akyeampong, a junior global studies and political science double major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, found cultural challenges and lessons in her study abroad trip…

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SIT alumni present research at Notre Dame conference

These SIT Study Abroad alumni are among 60 students chosen to present their undergraduate research at the prestigious Human Development Conference at University of Notre Dame Feb. 22-23. The annual student-led conference is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies. This year’s theme is “Engaging with Empathy: a preferential option…

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Peacemaking in Myanmar: iPACE and CONTACT alum Harry Myo Lin

Harry Myo Lin has a vision for a peaceful Myanmar. He has been working toward that vision ever since conflict broke out in the Rakhine State in 2012—promoting interfaith dialogue first through the Mandalay-based NGO he founded called Seagull, and now at the international peacebuilding organization KAICIID. Last month, TIME…

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‘Cross-cultural relationships that will last a lifetime’

This post originally appear on the Rice University website. It is reprinted here with permission. … participating in a study abroad program has allowed me to become more sure of my interests, values and goals, and has shaped me into a more open-minded, globally-aware, and empowered individual.” Shivani Raman Martel…

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A Different Feather: SIT Ecuador alum Jenny Howard studies seabirds

Two Nazca boobies in the Galapagos archipelago.

Isolated locations are appealing to SIT Ecuador alum Jenny Howard, a PhD candidate at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Not long ago, she spent months camping with a small research group on an island in the Galapagos archipelago — just over 550 miles from mainland Ecuador — studying a seabird called the Nazca booby.

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