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orld learning

is a global nonprofit organization that has been transforming lives

and communities for more than 75 years through experiential education and communitydriven development work. Through its network of educators and practitioners spanning more

than 70 countries, over 200,000 people have been awakened to new perspectives and equipped to take action on critical global issues.

The Experiment in International Living
World Learning’s founding program continues its pioneering mission of fostering international understanding through deeply personal intercultural experiences. The Experiment’s three- to five-week summer programs immerse motivated US high school students in other cultures and languages through family homestays. Participating students engage in travel, language training, community service, peace studies, and ecological projects in more than 25 countries around the world.

International Development Programs
Through its Washington, DC-based international development arm, World Learning puts its teaching into practice, working with community partners in more than 20 countries to address some of the main obstacles to human development, such as the spread of HIV/AIDS, the marginalization of children, the global education crisis, and the widespread need for an active and accountable civil society. With our historic emphasis on education and a belief in local solutions, World Learning works through community projects, capacity-building services, and visitor exchange programs to address critical global issues.

SIT Study Abroad
SIT Study Abroad offers transformational academic-year and summer programs that challenge students through the integration of rigorous academic study and intensive field experience. Each year, approximately 2,000 students from over 200 US colleges and universities participate in international programs in more than 40 countries, where they study a wide range of critical global issues, including post-conflict transformation, sustainable development, and global health.

World Learning’s unique training programs “prepares future leaders toset of intercultural education andbut as it could be, and imagine the world not as it is, to develop the knowledge and skills required to build a world that works.”
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carol bellamy President and CEO of World Learning/SIT

SIT Graduate Institute
SIT (formerly School for International Training) is World Learning’s accredited institution of higher education, preparing generations of global citizens to address the world’s most critical challenges. Founded over 40 years ago as a training center for early Peace Corps volunteers, the SIT Graduate Institute prepares students from more than 30 countries to become informed and effective leaders, professionals, and global citizens. Graduates of SIT’s degree programs go on to start nonprofit organizations, teach languages, become government and civic leaders, and achieve success in the private sector. Through a combination of classroom and field-based learning in fields ranging from international education to international development to language teaching, SIT Graduate Institute enables students to transfer academic learning into real-world practice in the service of social change. Building on its experiential education model—where learning occurs at the nexus of theory and practice—SIT offers master’s degrees, certificates, and professional development programs on its historic 250-acre campus in Vermont and in overseas field sites. The Graduate Program in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management (PIM) prepares graduates with the leadership capabilities and cross-cultural competencies they need to advance international understanding, work effectively in multicultural environments, and foster a more socially just and economically sustainable world. Master’s degrees are offered in six areas: Conflict Transformation International Education Social Justice in Intercultural Relations Sustainable Development Management Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management The Master of Arts in Teaching Programs (MAT), offered in both academic-year and summer formats, prepare teachers to work effectively in classrooms and schools by developing essential competencies in reflective, learner-centered teaching. The academicyear program includes the option to pursue teacher licensure by the State of Vermont. This certification, transferable to many states, is also a qualification for teaching in many other countries.

World Learning’s academic programs offered through SIT (formerly School for International Training), are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact: Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 209 Burlington Road, Bedford, MA 01730-1433, 781 271-0022, E-mail:

SIT Graduate Institute Catalog 2009–2010


World Learning and SIT: Committed to and Honoring Diversity


orld learning

promotes a learning environment where diversity is a source of strength and

where every individual is valued as an important contributor toward the accomplishment of its mission. World Learning’s commitment to diversity is reflected in its vision of creating a support-

ive atmosphere for staff, faculty, and students. The organization fosters an environment where all individuals are valued and feel that their ideas have merit and that their talents are fully utilized to benefit themselves, the program participants, the organization, and the global community.

World Learning Diversity Statement, adopted by the World Learning Board of Trustees in May 1997

In accordance with this mandate, and as a reflection of World Learning’s commitment to promoting intercultural understanding, social justice, and world peace, SIT, as the institution of higher education of World Learning, strives to create a learning and teaching environment that is comprised of people of many different backgrounds and that maximizes the potential of each person. Like World Learning, SIT moves beyond mere tolerance of difference in its quest to value and honor diversity.

To ensure the achievement of its vision for diversity, SIT and World Learning are committed to: • enabling individuals of all backgrounds to achieve full and equal participation in society; • administering a management-led diversity effort that is integrated into daily activities and operations; • ensuring that all programs, projects, and curricula reflect and encourage a broad range of viewpoints; • developing and sustaining policies and procedures that reflect the needs of a diverse community; • providing employees and program participants opportunities to develop the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to be effective participants in a changing society; • building and sustaining relationships with local community leaders and groups to dismantle oppression, including the sharing of diversity-related efforts and resources between World Learning and the communities in which it maintains offices and programs; • recruiting and retaining the most talented employees, students, and program participants available from all backgrounds; and • monitoring and assessing the progress of goals and refining diversity initiatives on an ongoing basis.

Diversity and Interconnectedness
Diversity refers to the range of human perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences as reflected in characteristics such as age, class, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, physical and learning ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. Other dimensions of diversity include, but are not limited to, education, marital status, employment, and geographical background, as well as cultural values, beliefs, and practices. Through appreciating and using diversity, we come to understand our common humanity and interconnectedness. As a result, we celebrate the human experience in both its unity and its diversity.


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