The history of the School for International Training (Ƶ) begins in 1932, with the founding of The Experiment in International Living, an organization with the goal of improving understanding across cultures and nations by sending US students abroad to live with families in their communities in order to expand their worldviews.


The Experiment

In the early 1960s, Sargent Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps and an alumnus of The Experiment, called on The Experiment to conduct orientation and training for the earliest Peace Corps volunteers. These training activities led to the establishment of an academic institution—Ƶ—in 1964. Later, The Experiment’s Cooperative Overseas Program, a program for university students, evolved into Ƶ Study Abroad, growing to enroll more than 2,000 participants annually.

Today, the School for International Training offers graduate programs through Ƶ Graduate Institute and undergraduate study abroad programs through Ƶ Study Abroad.

Ƶ Graduate Institute

 prepares students from across the globe to be effective leaders, professionals, and citizens. Ƶ’s master’s and professional development programs are rooted in the experiential education model, where learning occurs at the nexus of theory and practice. Students are trained to become highly skilled practitioners who have a commanding knowledge of the theoretical basis of their profession; experience in the field; and an awareness of their own capabilities, values, and ethics.

Throughout its five-decade history Ƶ Graduate Institute has delivered innovative graduate programs in the areas of peace and conflict transformation, socially responsible management, sustainable development, international education, and teacher preparation. In the late 1960s, Ƶ introduced programs in teaching English, and in 1971, the school awarded its first master’s degree for the Program in Intercultural Management. The 1970s and 1980s saw a further evolution of programs offered, and the 1990s were marked by an expansion of facilities on Ƶ’s Brattleboro, Vermont, campus. In 2007, Ƶ introduced an online option for its MA in international education, and in 2011, it launched an MA in sustainable development in Washington, DC.

Today, Ƶ Graduate Institute continues to adapt to a changing world and the ever-evolving needs of its students by developing innovative full-time, face-to-face, global master’s degree programs. It remains as committed as ever to the principles of social justice, intercultural communication, and experiential learning.

Ƶ Study Abroad

 offers accredited field-based undergraduate semester and summer programs in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as comparative programs in multiple locations. Employing an educational approach developed over 80 years, Ƶ encourages students to step beyond the boundaries of a traditional classroom to analyze the critical issues shaping local communities around the globe

For more than fifty years, Ƶ Study Abroad has delivered carefully designed and thoughtfully facilitated study abroad programs rooted in the experiential education learning model. Throughout its history, it has given its students the opportunity to examine critical issues such as climate change, global health, and human rights in diverse, often less-visited, locations. Today, Ƶ offers more than 80 accredited field-based semester and summer study abroad programs in more than 40 countries around the world, including, with the integration with International Honors Program in 2007, comparative programs in multiple locations.

Ƶ Study Abroad’s programs are always evolving to best address critical global issues, take advantage of unique learning opportunities, and support student immersion and safety. Recent developments include optional internships on more than two dozen programs, summer internship programs, and exciting new educational excursions.