SIT Graduate Institute was founded in 1964 as the School for International Training. Today, SIT is a nonprofit, accredited graduate school that offers master’s degrees and graduate level certificates and professional development programs.

  • A Global Reputation. SIT is a pioneer and worldwide leader in the professional fields in which we teach and work—TESOL, international education, sustainable development, and post-conflict transformation, and socially responsible management.
  • A Focus on Values and Mission. SIT’s learning community is shaped by highly skilled practitioners committed to advancing sustainability, equity, inclusion, and social change, across a diversity of sectors.
  • An International Learning Community. SIT students come from all over the globe. Many return to their home countries, where they use their learning effect change.
  • A Variety of Program Formats. SIT offers master’s and certificate programs—through on-campus and low-residency formats—to accommodate a global student body living and working around the world.

The SIT Graduate Experience:

  • Experiential, hands-on learning in strong, multicultural cohorts
  • A focus on social justice and engaged global citizenship—from the grassroots to macro level
  • A carefully structured curriculum of theory, practice, and reflection
  • Personalized learning plans aligned with career objectives
  • Practitioner faculty and a small student-to-faculty ratio
  • A mentored, supervised practicum or teaching internship intended to advance our students’ careers
  • Comprehensive career and practicum services to advance our students’ careers

Our Mission

SIT prepares students to be interculturally effective leaders, professionals, and citizens. In so doing, SIT fosters a worldwide network of individuals and organizations committed to responsible global citizenship. SIT fulfills this mission with field-based academic study abroad programs for undergraduates and accredited master’s degrees and certificate programs for graduates and professionals.


World Learning’s academic programs offered through SIT (founded as the School for International Training) are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of SIT. 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; email:

SIT Graduate Institute is a member of the Windham Higher Education Cooperative, a consortium of six higher education institutions with a presence in Windham County, Vermont. In addition to SIT, the cooperative includes Marlboro College, Landmark College, Vermont Technical College, Union Institute, and the Community College of Vermont. Learn more.

Our History

In the early 1960s, Sargent Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps and an Experiment alumnus, called on The Experiment to conduct orientation and training for the earliest Peace Corps Volunteers. These orientation and training activities gradually led to the establishment of an academic institution, the School for International Training, in 1964. The institution was founded by The Experiment in International Living’s first president, Gordon Boyce, and executive vice president, John Wallace.

In 1971, the School for International Training awarded its first master’s degree for the Program in Intercultural Management (PIM), which still comprises a large part of SIT Graduate Institute today. Meanwhile, other language training programs for students from Africa and Latin America led to the founding of a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program.

Today John Wallace’s vision lives on at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro and Washington, DC, and in more than 30 countries worldwide with SIT Study Abroad. SIT Graduate Institute continues to offer programs in TESOL, as well as sustainable development, international education, and peacebuilding and conflict transformation, while SIT Study Abroad offers undergraduates field-based, experiential education programs that focus on critical global issues.