Witness the challenges Nepal faces in balancing tradition and progress and negotiating economic, political, and social change during a dynamic period in its history.
Visit Chitwan National Park or the terraced fields and grower cooperatives of Nepal’s middle hills.
Trek from village to village along ancient trade routes in the Himalayas, sometimes going as high as 13,000 feet.
Witness how international development, political con?ict, emerging civil society, and global markets are redefining the country.
Learn from influential experts in the development arena.
Develop competency in Nepali through intensive daily instruction.
Explore the Kathmandu Valley and its UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
During the final four weeks of the program, you can choose to use your new language and cultural skills and the academic knowledge you have acquired to complete an Independent Study Project (ISP) on a topic of interest to you.
The ISP is conducted in Kathmandu or, conditions permitting and with program approval, in other parts of Nepal. A large number of students have gone on to use their ISPs as the basis for further research under Fulbright fellowships in Nepal or in securing professional positions with NGOs, the State Department, and the United Nations.
Rural development and aid
The emergence of a middle-class society
Squatter communities and land access in Kathmandu
Remittance economies and development
Women’s health challenges and roles in development
Human rights in post-conflict situations
Key Topics of Study
Economic development, the emerging middle class, and labor migration
Climate change and environmental concerns in the Himalayas
Redefining development, social capital, and civil society
Ethnicity, nationhood, and social and political change
Causes and conditions for change and conflict
Caste, class, gender, and religion in Nepal
Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.
SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
All educational costs, including educational excursions
All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
Health and accident insurance
SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
All scholarships and grants are need-based.
Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.
The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program.
Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.