Programs : Brochure
- Locations: (Various), (Various); Cochabamba, Bolivia; Cuzco, Peru; Managua, Nicaragua; Panama City, Panama; Quito, Ecuador
- Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
- Homepage: Click to visit
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SIT Study Abroad, a Richmond affiliate program, is the pioneer of experiential, field-based study abroad. Students selecting SIT programs will have the opportunity to explore another language and culture while engaging in interdisciplinary coursework and conducting fieldwork, with their efforts culminating in a month-long Independent Study Project (ISP). SIT offers many programs in Latin America/Caribbean, and the available sites for Richmond students include Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama, & Peru. Other sites may be available on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please see: http://www.sit.edu/studyabroad/. NOTE FOR SPRING 2018: Some SIT sites are already half full (as of July 20), so apply soon if interested!
See SIT website for details about the SIT program model, which you should carefully read to make sure SIT is the right program for you.
Depending on the site, students typically may take courses in the following subject areas: Anthropology, Art History, Arts and Crafts--Native, Dance, Ecology, Economics, Education, English/Literature, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Marine Science, Minority Studies, Music, Political Science, Pre-Health, Public Health, Religion/Theology, Social Policy & Administration, Sociology, Spanish, Theater/Drama, Urban Studies, and Women's/Gender Studies. For course information relevant to the specific sites, you should consult the SIT website at http://studyabroad.sit.edu/sn/programs/.
Students on SIT programs normally take 16 credit hours. All credit will be transferred back to UR using the Conversion to Units system.
To determine the unit value of an SIT course, the following formula will be used by the University of Richmond Registrar's Office: semester hours/3.5, round up to nearest tenth of a unit. A 3-semester credit course will be transferred back to Richmond as .9 units. A 4-semester course will be transferred back as 1.2 units.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Spanish language component of SIT-Latin America programs will not typically be accepted for transfer credit to Richmond. Students who have an LALIS major/minor or who might plan to declare an LALIS major or minor (now or in the future) should make sure they are familiar with LALIS policy on transferring credit.
Students are graded using the U.S. system. Credit for grades lower than "C" will not be transferred back to the University of Richmond.
Students generally live with host families or in local dormitories.
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Students applying for SIT programs will need to complete the online UR Office of Int'l Education (OIE) application (by clicking the "Apply Now" button), which will include an interview by a UR faculty member designated to work with UR students applying for SIT programs (applicants will be contacted with details). After receiving conditional acceptance by UR, students will also need to complete an SIT application.
To make this dual-process easier, the OIE will allow students to submit the SIT Academic Reference rather than the OIE-format letter (so your faculty do not have to write two letters). Students should simply skip the recommendation portion of the OIE application process and should provide faculty with the blank SIT form instead, instructing them to submit the completed letter to the OIE.
Once the OIE has finished evaluating the letter, it will be forwarded to SIT to be attached to your SIT application. We will also forward to SIT the official UR transcript you submit to the OIE. Students should apply early, if possible, to allow time to complete both applications, as SIT programs are known to fill early. Questions? Email email@example.com.
Students are required to apply for a student visa prior to departure. Do this in a timely manner! SIT generally provides some information about the visa process to admitted students, but in most cases students are ultimately responsible for completing the paperwork.
For More Information
To learn more about SIT programs available, contact Amy Bergmann in the Office of International Education.