South India Term Abroad - SITA

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Any college student at an accredited college or university in the US is eligible to apply to South India Term Abroad. We have fall (mid-August thru late-November) and spring semester (early-January thru mid-April) programs. Students can also enrol... read more

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A student studying abroad with South India Term Abroad - SITA
I was so surprised to see that someone gave SITA two stars. I think A LOT must have changed since then. In my experience, SITA was a thorough, supportive program that enriched me culturally and academically. I wish I could do it again and again. - Grinnell College View Entire Review
I got a lot out of my trip. As a History and Asian Studies major, this really solidified all my learnings. It gave me a new way to think about caste, gender, religion, and environment in India. It definitely wasn't what I imagined, but the experience taught me a lot about Tamil culture as well as myself. - Kenyon College View Entire Review
November 14, 2016 Sita Is Wonderful
SITA is completely worthwhile! Living in Madurai (a relatively small city with very few Westerners living there) changed my perspective on so many things. You will be challenged and you will come out a better person. - Grinnell College View Entire Review
As an anthropology student I was able to experience life in a place that was very, very different from anything I knew before. - Bates College View Entire Review
My experience was challenging but incredibly rewarding. I learned a lot about myself (what fascinates me, my potential career path) and fell in love with India. - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with South India Term Abroad - SITA
This experience was beyond worthwhile. It sounds cheesy and cliche, but in hindsight, this semester was life-changing. I learned to better adapt to obstacles and frustrations, I learned how to feel comfortable asking seemingly-stupid questions, I learned to communicate with very little verbal language, and I learned that I'm cap... - Colorado College View Entire Review
I was challenged a lot during my abroad experience and pushed outside of my comfort zone in ways I had never experienced before. This has been so incredibly valuable in shaping my studies back at home and how I perceive the world as a whole. I had the opportunity to try things I have never tried before and learn about my own fle... - George Washington University View Entire Review
It was quite worthwhile. I got a very different perspective on how the world works and developed interesting skills. - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with South India Term Abroad - SITA
I learned a lot from my experience with SITA, not only about Southern India, but about my own perspective, about America, and about myself. There were definitely challenges, but these challenges were an important part of this learning experience, and I don't think I would want to avoid any of them. Going to India with SITA chall... - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
The truth is that I gained and learned SO much from India, Madurai, and indeed from SITA. It was one of the hardest experiences of my life for many reasons -- it was physically and emotionally draining. But the friends there I made are my friends for life, and I wouldn't trade them for anything. I also realize that the type of p... - Barnard College View Entire Review

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Any college student at an accredited college or university in the US is eligible to apply to South India Term Abroad. We have fall (mid-August thru late-November) and spring semester (early-January thru mid-April) programs. Students can also enroll for an academic year, with further opportunities for gaining intercultural experience. Academic year students may apply for a scholarship to serve as a peer mentor during their second semester, live independently in an apartment, and seek further opportunities for elective courses and volunteer/internship experience.

South India Term Abroad students earn a George Washington University transcript at the end of a SITA semester. Required courses are ANTH 3791: Tamil Language (4 credits), ANTH 3531: Ethnographic Methods & Theory (3 credits), ANTH 3991: Research in Madurai (2 credits). Students also choose two electives from those pictured below, each worth 3 credits.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Volunteer
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Tamil Language, Literature
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Political Science and Government
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • South Asian Languages, Literature
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • South Asian Studies
  • Area Studies
Year Founded:
1990
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SITA - South India Term Abroad Scholarships

Some fall semester students demonstrate exceptional promise to take advantage of the opportunity to continue their research, live independently, and act as an informal peer mentor to incoming students who are just learning about life as a SITA student in Madurai. We not only encourage these students to stay for the academic year, but offer a SITA Academic Year Merit Scholarship.

$3000

Deadlines:
October 15

Guidelines/Requirements:
Must receive nomination from a South India Term Abroad staff member.

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