- Kathmandu, Nepal
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
Witness the challenges facing Nepal as it works to balance tradition and progress and negotiate economic, political, and social change during a very dynamic period in its history. Renowned for its scenery, from the peaks of the Himalayas to the remnants of tropical jungles in the tarai, Nepal is a land of complex ethnic, cultural, and political diversity. Once thought of as a mythical Shangri-La, Nepal has experienced, and struggled with, the effects wrought by development interventions and continued political change. At the national level, Nepal has been shaped by transnational forces, connections to the global community, and its own internal divisions, but continues to try and shape its own national identity and political structure. At the rural level, many Nepalese communities—shaped by their physical environments, pressured by scarce resources, and somewhat left on the periphery of development—have found innovative solutions that have helped them move forward in a challenging environment. Today, international development, internal political conflict, an emerging civil society, and the global market are all working to redefine Nepal in the twenty-first century. Based in the Kathmandu Valley, the program examines topics ranging from preservation of UNESCO World Heritage sites to tourist impact on local culture and national parks. Students also take field excursions to the Terai or the middle hills region, and a village in the Himalayas. Students live with host families in Kathmandu for six weeks and typically a rural hometay family for a shorter period.
Through interdisciplinary coursework based on the SIT program model, students will explore the nuances of Nepali identity and development. Students will be exposed to different environments and viewpoints and develop their own questions about Nepal’s development and interaction with international agencies, its diverse regions and ethnic identities, and Nepal’s place in South Asia and the world
Please inquire for costs: Fees include tuition, full room and board, all field trips and related fares, health and accident insurance, and other direct program expenses. Participants pay for international airfare and domestic travel to the point of departure from the USA.
- Setting Description:
- The program is based in the colorful and dynamic Kathmandu Valley. The SIT program house is conveniently located in Naxal, right in the center of Kathmandu, and provides a safe and quiet haven for students in the midst of busy urban activity.
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