Virtual Exchanges and Language Studies

    Connect with high school students in the U.S., the Middle East, and North Africa—all without leaving your home. Explore leadership, as well as science, technology, engineering, arts, and math with The Experiment Digital: STEAM Discovery Lab this winter,  join The Experiment Digital next summer to learn about and discuss world affairs with peers while practicing leadership skills, or learn a new language anytime with SIT World Languages Center. All from the comfort of your home.

    The Experiment’s virtual exchange programs teach youth to be more civically engaged by guiding them in how to design and implement a service project for their local communities. Using dynamic digital platforms, students gain a foundation in civic engagement and interact with their peers through videos, chats, webinars, and games. Students will come away from their programs with:

    • An enhanced understanding and practice of leadership
    • Increased involvement in civil society and volunteering
    • Increased awareness of specific program themes such as STEAM, social justice, or climate change
    • Mutual understanding between youth from different countries

    Upon successful completion of their program, participants receive a Certificate of Completion, access to the U.S. Department of State’s International Alumni Network, unique project funding opportunities from the U.S. Department of State, and a $400 scholarship for summer 2022 towards participation in one of The Experiment in International Living’s programs around the world.

    The SIT World Languages Center is committed to promoting and preserving indigenous and less commonly taught languages while also providing critical, specialized courses in widely studied languages. The Center is an international community of language educators and learners, which offers high-quality, innovative language-learning opportunities through online and in-person experiential courses for college credit. We believe that linguistic and cultural diversity is crucial to our shared global future. SIT seeks to engage university students, high school students, and adult learners around the world in meaningful language study rooted in social justice and intercultural understanding.

    Connect virtually with high school students across the U.S., Middle East, and North Africa next summer! Develop your civic engagement, leadership, and intercultural communications skills while learning how to implement a service project in your local community.

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    Explore topics in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math with high school students from across the U.S. and Egypt this winter. Gain hands-on experience in STEAM projects and develop your leadership skills through this FREE interactive virtual program.

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    Quickly develop skills in languages from French to Quechua to Swahili and more with School for Internal Training’s (SIT) intensive online language courses. Learn from experience teachers based around the globe and gain a deep understanding the language and new culture of your host country.

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    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our goal has been to ensure that The Experiment emerge from the crisis intact and positioned to restart activities as soon as possible, all while continuing to deliver programs through innovative and adaptive new models such as virtual exchanges. 

    The Experiment community is defined by our resilience, adaptability, and commitment to bringing young people together to build lasting cross-cultural ties. This year, for the first time in our history, Experimenters were unable to travel due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Instead, our 2020 cohort of Experimenters were invited to join The Experiment Digital—our interactive virtual exchange program launched in 2016. 

    The Experiment Digital brought more than 1,100 participants together this summer to connect authentically with peers from across the country and around the world. They learned about each other’s communities, cultures, and daily lives through discussions, individual explorations, group activities, and virtual homestays.