- Investigate conservation in a “megadiverse” country experiencing extreme threat to its biota from a dense and rapidly increasing human population.
- Spend extensive time learning in the field: snorkeling, hiking in tropical forest reserves, and exploring human-dominated tropical ecosystems.
- See how human activity impacts the environment, leading to habitat loss and fragmentation, species endangerment, and other ongoing threats to terrestrial and marine biodiversity.
- Experience grassroots conservation efforts focused on habitat restoration, community sustainability, and endangered species management in Bali and Borneo.
- Visit projects to protect and manage Bornean orangutans, coral reefs and manta rays, Javan banteng, leopards, Asian wild dogs, rusa deer, green peafowl, Bali mynas, and more.
Major Topics of Study
- Conservation strategies
- Principles and practices of sustainability and conservation biology
- Habitat fragmentation
- Management of threatened species and populations
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
There is no "typical day" on an SIT program. Activities may take place on any day of the week and at any time of day to be in accordance with local norms and to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Thus, the schedule and structure of the program are likely very different from what students are used to on their home campuses. The summer progresses in phases:
- Summer programs last for six or seven weeks. Much of that time is spent in the field, with visits to sites relevant to the program theme.
- Throughout the summer students participate in:
- thematic seminars and educational excursions
- language instruction focused on improving practical communication skills, and
- one to two homestays, typically.
- On some programs, students complete a practicum or research project.
- At the end of each program, students participate in debriefing and reentry sessions.
- SIT Study Abroad offers a field-based, experiential approach to learning.
- Each program has a small group of students (typically 10–35).
- On an SIT program, students gain high levels of access to many different stakeholders and experts relevant to the issues the program is examining.
- While some learning will be conducted at the SIT program center, extensive learning is done outside the classroom — in host communities, field stations, NGO headquarters, ecological sites, health clinics, and art studios.
Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.
SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
- All educational costs, including educational excursions
- All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
- Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
- Health and accident insurance
- SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
- All scholarships and grants are need-based.
- Awards generally range from $300 to $3,000.
- Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
Contact SIT Study Abroad