SIT Study Abroad: India - Sustainable Development and Social Change

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  • Location(s): Jaipur, India
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad

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Examine India's socioeconomic development trends and how rethinking development is gaining urgency for shaping sustainable social change.This program examines the diverse factors, internal and global, shaping India's development strategies and pat... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.8
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I learnt much my intellectual interests and myself. For the former, I was initially somewhat interested in development, but after the program I am not only sure of said interest, but I also got to learn much more about it than I had thought possible and had the experience to see it firsthand. Regarding the latter, I not only bet... - Occidental College View Entire Review
November 06, 2019 Excellent!
I gained a profound wake up call to American culture, Indian culture, and the human experience. - Occidental College View Entire Review
I gained a better understanding of the social policies of India in the past and present. - Marymount Manhattan College View Entire Review
Cross-cultural experiences especially exposure to many different NGOs + nonprofits and approaches to development issues - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself. Who I am. Who I want to be. Sometimes, you go long periods without experiencing any significant personal grow and sometimes it happens all at once. That was India for me. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
So incredibly worthwhile. Going abroad and going to India specifically was one of the most challenging things I've ever done, but if you handed me a plane ticket back there I would go in a heartbeat. I learned more about myself, my expectations for myself as an individual, and how I see the world and its people than I ever have ... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I think one of the most important things I learned while being abroad in India was to always look to broaden your perspective on life, there will always be a positive lesson to be found if you are willing to dig deep enough and to allow yourself to get lost in the experience. - Austin College View Entire Review
I learned how to do research, gained some amazing life experiences and met some wonderful Indians - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile. I learned so much about non Western cultures in general, and felt as though I had a chance to really integrate myself into Indian life. It was definitely an immersive and we were given many opportunities to explore on our own, treated like adults. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
YES! I learned how to balance my health, my time, my studies, my travels and more! - Tufts University View Entire Review
Past Review Life Changing
i gained wisdom about a different culture. learned more about the world and life in general from a different perspective than my own. experience things that changed my perception of my place in the world, my priorities for the future, and the significance of my actions. met people that have had a positive impact on my life and f... - Fordham University View Entire Review
I love India. I dont romanticize it. I see its diversity, the positives, the negatives. I want to live there and work in the non-profit sector. But first, I plan on going back this summer to continue working with the Guild for Service in Delhi. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to navigate new cultural context, and be comfortable and confident in unfamiliar settings. I learned so much about practicing and implementing sustainability. I also made amazing friends and memories!! - Bryn Mawr College View Entire Review
October 14, 2019 India Was Unforgettable
I learned I can do anything I want, go anywhere I want, and I can be whoever I want. I traveled alone, by train in Mumbai every day for a month. The feeling of navigating a foreign place with all odds against you is indescribable. I feel that I understand the world better now, and most importantly, I understand myself better. I ... - Rollins College View Entire Review
Extremely worthwhile! I gained an understanding of Indian culture but more importantly, I learned on how to remain present and in the moment daily. I also learned how to be uncomfortable and to persevere through that discomfort. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was so worthwhile. I gained an incredible insight into what it's like to live in India, and I know that I barely scratched the surface. I also gained a new perspective on a lot of the social / cultural practices I have seen as totally normal in a Western setting. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Life Changing
Very worthwhile - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned that I did not want to work in International Development. I was exposed to people who had very different interests and values than my own, which was extremely helpful for clarifying my own goals. It was a worthwhile, though quite challenging and at times stressful, experience. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Go To India!!!
India is freaking amazing. People have such a great sense of humor. - Bryn Mawr College View Entire Review
Past Review Awakening
Yes it was an incredible experience. I learned more about sustainable development in the context of India and was inspired on continuing this study in the future. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Then entire experience is wonderful and you learn so much about yourself and others. You gain more through life experience than in a formal classroom and I believe that everyone should push themselves outside their initial comfort zone and go abroad. - Providence College View Entire Review
I learned to be more confident, loving, trusting, and independent. I learned that I can live in India with the help of friends. I love India and will definitely go back to visit or to study. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: India - Sustainable Development and Social Change
Global capitalism and patriarchy dominate...local experience is being flattened out, cut up to look the same everywhere...the so-termed "modernization." I learned I don't know much about the world. Reality is so much more complicated than my American perspective allowed. I cannot express how valuable this experience feels... - Ithaca College View Entire Review
Yes - Providence College View Entire Review

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Examine India's socioeconomic development trends and how rethinking development is gaining urgency for shaping sustainable social change.

This program examines the diverse factors, internal and global, shaping India's development strategies and patterns. You will gain foundational knowledge of India’s past, present, and future development paradigms, economic growth, and development alternatives. The program is based in Jaipur, a historical city in the state of Rajasthan.

Major topics of study include:

- Development concepts, theories and approaches
- India’s transition: post-1990s
- Rural and urban development: crisis, challenges, and response
- Moving beyond developmentality
- Creating a roadmap for sustainability in India and radical ecological democracy (RED)
- Development alternative interventions and case studies

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
  • Hindi
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Asian Studies
  • International Relations
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SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad awards need-based scholarships and grants. We do not offer merit-based awards at this time. Average awards range between $500 and $5,000 for our semester programs, and between $500 and $3,000 for our summer programs. Our scholarships and grants are available to all students accepted into an SIT Study Abroad program irrespective of citizenship, national origin, or home school. We do not require a separate scholarship application for each scholarship fund; eligible students will be evaluated for all funds for which they are eligible. Please note: SIT Study Abroad scholarships and grants are only applicable to tuition and room/board fees billed by SIT Study Abroad. We do not award scholarships or grants to cover any other expenses, including, but not limited to, immunizations, visa fees, books, or study abroad fees charged by your home school. If your home school has an established billing agreement with us, it is your responsibility to communicate with your home school as to how your SIT scholarship or grant will be passed on to you by your home school. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs – extended to June 1 for summer 2020 May 15 for fall programs — extended to June 1 for fall 2020 November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application. After ticking the scholarship box in the program application, please complete the following steps: Provide us with the name and email address of a financial aid officer at your home school. Electronically sign and date the FERPA release included as part of the application process. The financial aid officer at your school will be emailed a link to a secure web form where s/he will provide information about your financial aid at your home school

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