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School for International Training

Posted on July 22, 2010

Profile

In affiliation with SIT (School for International Training), Wheaton is able to offer students the opportunity to enroll in one of over thirty programs in more than twenty countries across the globe. SIT programs offer a unique approach to study abroad in that each destination's curriculum combines classroom study with field-based learning. SIT students also undertake a month-long independent study project in addition to their formally structured coursework. Each SIT program has a theme, which is reflected both in the principal coursework and in the independent study project. Depending on the location of study, some programs have language prerequisites in French or Spanish, though intensive language study takes place in each location, even when students are not expected to know the local language when applying. Additionally, family home-stays form an integral part of the SIT experience, to facilitate cultural immersion and help students further develop their language skills.

Duration

One Semester, Fall or Spring

Program Dates

Vary according to program. Fall programs generally begin the first week of September and end in mid‐December. Spring programs generally begin the first week of February and end in mid May.

Courses & Credit

Students earn 16 or 17 undergraduate credits upon successful completion of an SIT study abroad program, which would equate as 4.0 Wheaton credits.

Admission Requirements

Students must be in good academic standing, have completed one year of college‐level coursework, andhave a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.85 (as required by Wheaton policies). There are Spanish, French,and other prerequisites for certain programs. See SIT program materials for details.

Housing & Board

Students spend much of their experience in home‐stays; when traveling they will be housed in guesthouses, educational institutions, hostels, or small hotels depending on local conditions and customs.

Fees

Wheaton Comprehensive Fees. Expenses include Tuition, housing and meals, and Study Abroad Insurance.

Other Expenses

$500 administrative fee, Passport and visa fees, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. (Estimated additional fees are available on the SIT website.)

Application

Materials are available in the Center for Global Education.

Contact

Make an appointment to see Dean Mark Hoesly at the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of the Center for Global Education.

Wheaton‐Approved SIT Study Abroad Destinations and Themes:

Africa, South of the Sahara

  • Cameroon – Social Pluralism and Development
  • Ghana –Social Transformation and Cultural Expression
  • Madagascar – Urbanization and Rural Development; Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management
  • Senegal – National Identity and the Arts
  • South Africa – Multiculturalism & Human Rights
  • Tanzania – Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology; Zanzibar- Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management
  • Uganda – Development Studies

Asia & Pacific

  • India – National Identity and the Arts; Sustainable Development and Social Change
  • Mongolia – Geopolitics and the Environment
  • Samoa – Pacific Communities and Social Change
  • Vietnam – Culture, Social Change, and Development

North Africa and the Middle East

  • Jordan – Modernization and Social Change; Intensive Arabic Language Studies (summer)
  • Morocco – Migration and Transnational Identity, Multiculturalism and Human Rights
  • Tunisia - Emerging Identities in North Africa

Europe

  • The Balkans (Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo) – Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans
  • Czech Republic – Arts and Social Change

Latin America & Caribbean

  • Bolivia – Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change
  • Brazil – Amazonian Resource Management & Human Ecology; Social Justice and Sustainable Development; Public Health, Race, and Human Rights
  • Ecuador – Comparative Ecology and Conservation; Culture and Development
  • Nicaragua – Revolution, Transformation, and Civil Society
  • Panama – Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation
  • Peru – Indigenous Peoples and Globalization

NOTE: It is Wheaton's policy that students may not be enrolled in a study abroad program in a country for which a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning has been declared. Students are urged to investigate travel warnings in advance of beginning the application process.

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