SIT Study Abroad: Nepal - Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples

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Learn about Tibetan and Himalayan politics and religion and the issues faced by communities in exile.The dynamics of Tibet and the Himalaya span from ancient times to the present day. Discover the history of the region’s border tensions, religious... read more

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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
Yes, the experience - especially in retrospect - has formed my cultural awareness, and is constantly affecting my personal choices and life direction. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Sit Nepal
It was definitely worthwhile and rewarding, but I did have certain complaints about the program. I was pretty sure of what I wanted to do with my future prior to the program, and the program confirmed my goals. I want to study anthropology at the graduate level, and having field research experience will definitely be an asset ... - Wellesley 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
It was worthwhile because I had the chance to live in three different countries in South Asia while experiencing local culture, conducting my own independent research, and meeting new and interesting people. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I became even more confident, mature, and independent. If you want to make correct decisions about your future in this now global world, you need to see what the world has to offer. This doesn't mean that I will end up living somewhere outside the US. It means that I am more confident in the decisions that I make because I have... - Carleton College View Entire Review

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Learn about Tibetan and Himalayan politics and religion and the issues faced by communities in exile.

The dynamics of Tibet and the Himalaya span from ancient times to the present day. Discover the history of the region’s border tensions, religious belief systems and politics. Learn about the Tibetan Government in Exile; CIA intervention in Tibet; the Dalai Lama and his Middle Way approach; negotiations with China; and human rights in Tibet. Spend six weeks in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital and home to a significant Tibetan exile community. 

Study Tibetan medicine, symbolism, music, art, meditation and retreat. Explore the shamanistic features of the indigenous Tibetan religion, Bön, at an institute halfway up a mountain on the valley’s periphery. Listen to a lecture by an Ayurvedic doctor in the old town. Meet the caretaker of an ancient pagoda shrine. Take a high-altitude trek to isolated Tibetan communities and stay with rural families. Learn Tibetan and traditional Tibetan tutorials characteristic of spiritual training in Buddhist text recitation, and choose to learn Nepali. Conduct independent field study or gain professional skills in an intercultural internship.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Asian Studies
  • Tibetan Studies
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Religion / Religious Studies
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad is committed to increasing access to international education and to ensuring you have the information you need to successfully access funding for your study abroad program with us. SIT has awarded an average of over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students in the past three years. We encourage all qualified students to apply for our need-based scholarships. SIT scholarships are not available for online courses or virtual internships. Your scholarship application is created when you select your interest in SIT need-based scholarships when asked in the drop-down section of your SIT Study Abroad program application. Your application is then reviewed separately, on a rolling basis, when complete. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs May 15 for fall programs 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: 1) Once your scholarship application is started, you will be asked to provide SIT with the name and email address of a financial aid counselor at your home institution, or the general email address of your financial aid office. This is very important as it allows SIT to consider any financial aid that may be available from your home institution when reviewing your scholarship application. 2) Add SIT’s school code (008860) to your FAFSA form. 3) Your scholarship application is complete and ready for review when SIT has your FAFSA and the financial aid information from your home institution. Confirm receipt of all required financial aid information with the SIT Study Abroad Scholarship Office (studyabroad.scholarships@sit.edu or 802.258.3503). 4) If you do not receive an award decision notification from SIT before the billing due date, please know that your scholarship application was not complete.

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