My exchange experience, granted through World Learning, gave me access to the world. Being able to go abroad empowered me to step outside of my comfort zone and to embrace who I was as a person. It made me want to share this access with others. To show them that the world is not only bigger than they could ever imagine, but it's also theirs to discover.
Aaron Brazelton on his exchange with Serbia
Our work transforms lives in more than 60 countries.
From the next generation of social innovators and entrepreneurs to civil society groups around the world, we focus on providing individuals and communities with the tools they need to tackle tomorrow's big challenges.
Connection by connection—from U.S. high school students experiencing a foreign culture for the first time to short-term exchanges designed for professionals to share ideas and best practices—we are building a more interconnected, just, and resilient world. Join us.
My time in Morocco was extremely transformative because of SIT. It was there that I learned the value of experiential learning, what it meant to push myself out of my comfort zone, and what a global citizen means.
Sara Rahim, SIT Study Abroad alumna
Our education programs encompass high school study abroad, higher education for undergraduate and graduate students in the United States and around the world, and international development projects strengthening local education systems. Learn more about our approach to education.
These programs create change far beyond their immediate aims. Learn how:
- Sara Rahim applied her experience studying abroad in Morocco in her efforts to champion interfaith dialogue.
- two SIT students helped found a sewing school in South Africa.
- SIT Graduate Institute, World Learning's institution of higher education, prepares students for international careers in sustainability, social justice, entrepreneurship, and more.
I see education as a civil right. Kids spend so much of their time in school — you only go to the doctor when you’re sick, but you see a teacher every single day. I see education as being so impactful on children’s futures, and when it’s not done right, it can break a future.
Leah Bitat, Field Director of World Learning, Algeria
From assisting NGOs as they advocate for policy change, supporting health workers, or training teachers to employ innovative techniques in their classrooms, our approach to international development is sustainable, sensitive to local realities, and effective long after we have left the stage. Learn more about our work in professional training and global development.
Our development projects strengthen communities and enable people to pursue their dreams. Learn how:
- Leah Bitat, field director of World Learning, Algeria, is advocating for inclusive, youth-oriented education in North Africa.
- a small business grant made all the difference for Beletu, a 53-year-old grandmother in Ethiopia.
- young leaders from across Southeast Asia are tackling their region's challenges.
I learned a great deal about self and social awareness in my trip to Chile, and these lessons have urged me along the path of justice and community building.
Jasamine Young-Paulhill, Experimenter to Chile
By sending thousands of current and future leaders to and from the United States each year, our exchange programs promote intercultural understanding and a more peaceful world.
On our youth programs, young people from around the globe learn about leadership, current issues, and peacebuilding. In addition, our U.S.-based study abroad programs send high school and college students to some 50 countries each year. Learn how: