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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Guest House, Homestay, Hostel/Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Program Including Multi-Country Travel: No
Program Type: External Providers' Program Internship/Service-Learning/Practicum Availability: Yes
Program Meets Bethel Residency Requirement: No Minimum GPA: 2.5
Eligibility by Grade Level: 2-sophomore, 3-junior Areas of Study: Anthropology, Asian Studies, Biblical and Theological Studies, Communication Studies, Economics, English Literature, Environmental Science, Gender Studies, Health Science, History, International Relations, International Studies, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Sociocultural Studies, Sociology
Program Name: SIT Open to all majors: Yes
Gen Ed Tags: Z-tag Cross-Cultural Experience
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Nepal: Development, Gender, and Social Change in the Himalaya

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Witness Nepal’s challenges in balancing tradition and modernity, while negotiating economic, political, and social change in a dynamic period of its history.
 

WHY STUDY SOCIAL CHANGE IN NEPAL?

In the past few decades, Nepal has seen tremendous changes in development, discourse surrounding equality and inclusiveness, and human and civic rights. Live in the Kathmandu Valley, home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, and learn from experts, activists and academics about development, gender and social change. Visit organizations and institutions to understand how they work with government and nongovernment agencies to make meaningful change in society. Learn Nepali from expert teachers in small, dynamic classes. Connect with NGOs, INGOs, and bilateral and multilateral donors. Visit India to learn about gender, food systems, and civic rights, and conduct a comparative study. Then trek from village to village along ancient Himalayan trade routes, going as high as 13,000 feet, to see community development efforts as well as Nepal’s remarkable biological, geological, and cultural diversity. In the final four weeks, research a topic of your choice while conducting independent field study, or gain professional skills in an international work environment as part of an internship.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore changing gender and social justice rights from experts and activists.
  • Witness how international development and global markets are redefining Nepal
  • Visit Sikkim, India’s organic state, and the tea capitals Darjeeling and Ilam.
  • Learn from notable Nepali development scholars and practitioners.
  
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
 

KEY TOPICS OF STUDY

  • Climate change and environmental concerns in the Himalayas
  • Caste, class, gender, and religion in Nepal
  • Economic development, the emerging middle class, and labor migration
  • Redefining development, social capital, and civil society
  • Ethnicity, nationhood, and social and political change
  • Causes and conditions for change and conflict


MONEY MATTERS

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following: 
  • All educational costs, including educational excursions 
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration 
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions 
  • Health and accident insurance 
 
SCHOLARSHIPS
  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
 

CONTACT SIT STUDY ABROAD

 
 



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 05/15/2021 05/29/2021 TBA TBA
Fall 2022 05/01/2022 05/14/2022 TBA TBA
Spring 2022 11/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2023 04/01/2023 05/01/2023 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.