A unique experience in an incredible part of the world Past Review

By (Stanford University) - abroad from 09/08/2015 to 12/08/2015 with

SIT Study Abroad: Nepal - Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
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.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Great instructions from professors with diverse expertise, who pushed students to challenge themselves while still providing great support.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Smoothly run

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Homestays with local Tibetan families was a unique learning experience and also quite lovely

* Food:

Freshly prepared local food every day was delicious

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Homestays were a great opportunity to meet locals. The month-long Independent Study Project also forced students to immerse themselves in a new environment and build connections with locals.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Kathmandu obviously has some dangers, especially with regards to traffic. More than enough information was provided on this, with even a trip to a local clinic to discuss and concerns students had.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $20


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

We were encouraged to use the language during our homestays

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Wonderful teaching
  • Homestay experience
  • Opportunity to conduct fieldwork
* What could be improved?
  • Could be longer?
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I'd done more reading on Nepali politics so I had a deeper understanding of the local context.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.