In the U.S. and around the world, we offer programs to improve the capacity, skills, and knowledge of individuals and institutions focused on peacebuilding and post-conflict transformation. These programs provide development professionals, students, and others involved in conflict transformation efforts with opportunities to:
- increase their capacity to understand and implement peacebuilding projects;
- acquire new skills in dialogue, conflict management, and reconciliation;
- study with international faculty;
- pursue field-based research at the undergraduate or graduate level;
- acquire the tools to become beacons of peace in their communities and beyond.
Through SIT Study Abroad—World Learning’s undergraduate study abroad program—students spend a semester or summer examining theories of conflict and conflict transformation. Students also study the changing foci of conflict studies in relation to factors such as economic development, immigration, and public policy.
Programs explore the historical, geo-political, and social dimensions of contemporary conflicts and the present-day realities facing post-conflict societies. Current programs are located in Rwanda, Serbia, Bosnia, Kosovo, South Africa, and Uganda.
SIT Graduate Institute offers a number of programs focused on peacebuilding and conflict transformation. These offerings include a master’s degree, graduate certificate program, and short-term trainings. The full-time Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation is designed to give students the analytical ability, theoretical knowledge, and practical skills necessary to work with groups of people in conflict. Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) provides short-term professional training and academic programs designed to meet the needs of working professionals from the United States and abroad who want to further their skills and knowledge in peacebuilding.
World Learning’s development and exchange programs include conflict transformation initiatives within many projects. A number of youth programs contain conflict resolution and leadership training components. As part of our professional exchanges, we have designed and implemented programs to address the needs of current and emerging foreign leaders working in a variety of fields involved in conflict resolution efforts. In addition, our civil society and governance programs provide trainings for individuals involved in politics, civil society, education, and other sectors who are working to overcome internal divisions.