A lifechanging, incredible experience July 18, 2023

By (History, Brown University) - abroad from 02/02/2023 to 05/19/2023 with

SIT Study Abroad: Nepal - Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I was able to learn Tibetan Buddhist perspectives on mental health through an independent project. I was even able to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama!

Review Photos

SIT Study Abroad: Nepal - Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples Photo

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The teachers were incredible and engaging. We had ample opportunity to explore our own interests.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

SIT did a great job in acclimating us to Nepal. They offered lots of support, along with room for independence.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my homestay!

* Food:

Very vegetarian friendly

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

iSOS was very helpful.

* Safety:

Boudha is a very safe neighborhood of Kathmandu.

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

The SIT Nepal program was incredible. I left feeling so much more confident in my ability to live abroad, and I had amazing experiences. The program did a great job in immersing me in Tibetan culture and helping me appreciate new perspectives.


* 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)


* 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

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? Beginner

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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  • Local Students
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Supportive, knowledgable staff
  • Lots of independence
  • Great curriculum
* What could be improved?
  • Vaccine protocol
  • Stipend
  • Better history curriculum
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish that I had waited to get vaccinated until I arrived in Nepal

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!