SIT Study Abroad: Nepal - Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples

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Examine Tibetan and Himalayan politics and religion and the contemporary issues faced by communities in exile, particularly in the case of Tibet.Through the thematic lectures and fieldwork of this program, you will explore issues of cultural chang... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.8
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I gained a profound insight into the lived experiences of a people who I had previously only read about, or could have pointed out on a map but did not consider in any real or meaningful sense. I had been abroad a small amount as a teenager with my family, and though I followed international events and cared about global politic... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Learning how to conduct ethnographic research; building the confidence to investigate questions in a foreign linguistic and cultural environment; making lifelong friends; exploring Nepal and India for the first time. Overall an incredible experience. - Stanford University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Nepal - Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples
I came in fairly ignorant of Tibetan culture and history and left with not only a greater understanding of that, but also with friendships that I hope will last long after the 4 months of the program. This was the best decision I made in college. - Lafayette College View Entire Review
I was confused about what I wanted to do with my life prior attending this program. With the help of the faculty, my path and career are now unfolding. - Stonehill College View Entire Review
I significantly improved my writing and research abilities, making it extremely worthwhile in for my future academic work and desired career field. - Smith College View Entire Review
The SIT Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples study abroad program was a remarkable highlight of my time in university. Through a refreshing taste of experiential learning, we engaged with communities across Nepal in productive, meaningful ways. Learning in the field instead of the classroom inspired us all to be more invested in... - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
October 02, 2018 Amazing Experience
I learned so much about cultural exchange and living internationally - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A Mustangi Buddhist philosopher named Jimpa once told me; "If you look back, you will be depressed, if you worry about the future then you will be anxious. If you choose to live in the present then you can find peace" - University of Hartford View Entire Review
Past Review Incredible Nepal
I learned SO MUCH. This was my first time out of the country and I really feel like my entire worldview and perspective has changed. I would go back in a heartbeat. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained an understanding of the worlds diversity, I learned about the benefit of problematization, i learned open-mindedness, patience and will-power. This program helped me grow as a student, a friend, and a human-being. - Tufts University View Entire Review
A 100% worthwhile experience if you are interested in truly immersing in another culture and conducting your own research! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained perspective on my privileged life, insight into one of the worlds most tragic conflicts (The Occupation of Tibet), friends that share my world view, exposure to the beauty and reality of rural Himalayan life. It was certainly worthwhile - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review "Reasearch"
It a big world out there. - Austin College View Entire Review
It really helped me put being a US Citizen into perspective. I am incredibly grateful to have that. I loved being in Nepal and I made some incredible friends. I learned a lot about religion, and global politics and I am now passionate about politics in a way I never thought I would be. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 14, 2020 Amazing
I learned extensively about another culture and was able to deconstruct some of the things I previously thought about Buddhism or South East Asian countries. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Some students were disappointed or surprised by aspects of the program. For several, there was too much emphasis on learning the Tibetan language. They did not find it useful for navigating the Nepali context. Or they found it simply too difficult and mentally opted out. While I empathize with their concerns, I personally found ... - Whitman College View Entire Review
An entirely new worldview, life-long friendships, and a deep appreciation for cultural differences and human connections. - University of Virginia View Entire Review
I greatly enjoyed my experience with SIT Nepal. It is hard to summarize an experience that proved so humbling, beautiful, and warm in a few words. I would highly suggest this program to anyone who is looking to challenge themselves, has a good degree of humility, and is easygoing. The staff of SIT NPT are exceptionally kind, tho... - Washington University in St. Louis View Entire Review
January 29, 2019 Legitimately Amazing
Instrumental knowledge, language knowledge, cultural knowledge. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
September 14, 2018 Life Changing
everything about myself, spirituality, the lesson of accepting the unknown. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Nepal - Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples
I learned an understanding of sepals/SA culture that will allow me to travel/work there in the future. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Momo Magic
I gained a confidence for trying the new and foreign. it was incredibly worthwhile - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Learned how to be humble and blend in to a host country while engaging and keeping an open mind to make the most of each day. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I got an amazing insight on a culture and people and lived in a country that is constantly and rapidly developing everywhere. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a huge amount about both Tibetan and Nepali culture religion language politics, and truly gained a deep understanding of my host country. Though frustrating at times, the experience was unquestionably worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review

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Examine Tibetan and Himalayan politics and religion and the contemporary issues faced by communities in exile, particularly in the case of Tibet.

Through the thematic lectures and fieldwork of this program, you will explore issues of cultural change and preservation, religious revival, and [sub-]regional geopolitics. You will be challenged to consider the contemporary and historic connections between diverse Himalayan “landlinked” communities. Questions of self-identification and recognition, as well as of diaspora, exile, and migration, are important topics for analysis in this program.

Major topics of study include:

- Varieties of beliefs and practices among different groups of Himalayan people
- The politics inherent in processes of everyday life in an exile community
- Aspects of contemporary Tibetan civilization
- History and politics of the region
- Himalayan arts and sciences

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Tibetan Studies
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