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

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Witness the challenges Nepal faces as it works to balance tradition and progress and negotiate economic, political, and social change during a dynamic period in its history.This program examines the ways in which development is reshaping a traditi... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.8
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July 30, 2022 Dual Ness
I learned a lot about myself, both through the people's eyes and through introspection. Of course I learned a great deal about Nepal- things that are amazing already, things that people are working to improve- and that was also awesome - Brandeis University View Entire Review
January 14, 2020 Excellent Experience
I learned a new language, made friends with local people and gained more confidence. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Got to see how most of the world lives, got experience writing proposals and doing my own research. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained a different perspective on the world and found it very worthwhile. I would go back to Nepal after graduation and find work there. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Nepal - Development and Social Change
I learned a lot about myself and broadened my perspective on the world. I was challenged but saw a lot of growth in myself as a person and was able to experience a whole new world for an enjoyable 4 months. - Bates College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself while abroad and it was definitely worthwhile - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. I learned the most probably about myself and how I function far removed from all of my material comforts. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile. I gained a respect for language, religions, and people of which I was previously completely unaware; I made a lasting connection with a Nepali family, with whom I still remain close; through independent research, I began to understand the challenges of Nepal's current food structure. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Incredible experience--you learn so much Nepali language and begin to feel like Nepal is a 2nd home - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Yes, it was well worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review
My experience was definitely worth it; as is the case in any situation, it had it's ups and downs and getting accustomed to Nepali customs and culture was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but by the end of the semester, I never wanted to leave. I met some amazing people on my program and loved every last one of my tea... - Rice University View Entire Review
February 12, 2020 Nepal: I'm Appalled
I am so thankful for the depth of cultural immersion in this program, such as living with Nepalese homestay families who spoke limited English and being able to develop my language skills so much that I scored an Advanced Low on the OPI. My love for Nepal was realized during the ISP period, where I lived in an Airbnb and was ha... - Illinois Wesleyan University View Entire Review
Cultural experiences - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Worth It
Learned to go with the flow more, learned a new language, got research experience and data for an honors thesis, got a new family, met 15 great new friends from across the US. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Advanced language and interpersonal skills - University of Hartford View Entire Review
I gained a second family. I gained life-long friends. I gained a country as a second home. I gained confidence in myself, I learned that I am capable to travel alone in a super foreign country. I learned about the culture so deeply, and so personally, and gained a major appreciation and fondness for this country and these people... - Point Loma Nazarene University View Entire Review
I think it can only be a valuable experience to be put outside of your comfort zone in an unfamiliar place, and be able to become accustomed to new settings and people, with a working understanding of the cultures and history which shapes it. For that reason, this study abroad experience is always going to have its merits. - Anonymous University View Entire Review
perspective, independence, understanding of wide wide world - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review No Bad Days
"Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves ... Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you wil... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Awesome!
It was incredibly worthwhile - Brandeis University View Entire Review
YES! Huge personal growth and confidence in my ability to live independently and adapt to whatever comes my way. I certainly plan on going back. - Middlebury College View Entire Review

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Witness the challenges Nepal faces as it works to balance tradition and progress and negotiate economic, political, and social change during a dynamic period in its history.

This program examines the ways in which development is reshaping a traditionally rural society into one that is rapidly becoming globally connected and modern. While listed as one of the least developed countries by the UN, Nepal is in the midst of reshaping itself and is currently writing a new constitution. Sandwiched between the emerging global powerhouses of China and India, Nepal is at the center of transnational relations and is an increasingly globalized place. Nepal’s unique position makes it a compelling place to study development and social change close up. Through both classroom and field activities, you will investigate the social, political, cultural, environmental, and economic forces that are reshaping rural and urban communities. Study how development, political conflict, an emerging civil society, and global markets are all working to redefine Nepal in the twenty-first century.

Major topics of study include:

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

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Asian Studies
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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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