About the School for International Training (SIT)
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). To see a great example of an ISP, see here for examples of two UR student's research (see 2011 for Sarah Friday and see 2009 for Emily Marshall).
Note: Students must check to see if the country they are interested in is ranked as either 3 or 4 under the Department of State's Travel Advisory system. Students interested in programs ranked as 3 will need to complete a Travel Advisory Petition and, if approved, will need to sign an additional liability waiver (see Travel Advisory section below for details). Students are not permitted to travel to countries designated as a 4.
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Former UR student Zoe Silverman with young children in Senegal.
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- Due to the nature of SIT programs, applications to SIT programs will be reviewed on an individual basis to ensure that the student is well suited for the SIT program. Students will also be interviewed by UR faculty as part of the application process.
- An overall GPA of 3.0 and at least one related course to the region is generally required. Students may also be required to have language proficiency minimums for particular locations. See SIT web site for further details.
- Robins School of Business students may transfer back credit from only one (1) business course taken while enrolled on the SIT program to count towards their business degree. Specific course approval must be given by Dr. Tom Cosse. RSB students may transfer courses back from non-business subjects to count towards any non-business majors/minors and general education requirements (pending departmental approval) and towards the total units needed for graduation.
- Note: Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean's Office to study abroad. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of the semester abroad program.
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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 be able to take coursework in the following subject areas: African Studies, Anthropology, Arabic, Art History, Arts and Crafts--Native, Dance, Ecology, Economics, Education, English/Literature, Environmental Studies, French, Geography, History, International Studies, Marine Science, Minority Studies, Music, Peace & Conflict Studies, Political Science, Pre-Health, Public Health, Religion/Theology, Social Policy & Administration, Sociology, Theater/Drama, Urban Studies, and Women's/Gender Studies. See the SIT website (http://studyabroad.sit.edu/sn/programs/) for specific course details relevant to each site.
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.
Students are graded using the U.S. system. Credit for grades lower than "C" will not be transferred back to the University of Richmond.
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Students generally live with host families or in local dormitories.
Dates and Costs
Click on the link to learn more about Dates and Costs for SIT.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Travel Advisory Procedure
If the country in which you wish to study is ranked as a 3 under the Department of State Travel Advisory system (click here and enter the name of the country), you must submit a travel advisory petition and waiver form.
See here for the Richmond policy on travel advisories, plus instruction about what the petition needs to include as well as a link to the liability form that must be signed by both the student and the parent/guardian. Forms must be submitted to the Office of International Education (OIE).
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.
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This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.