Program Details

Access Virtual Library Guide This interdisciplinary program balances an overview of traditional Tibetan culture, emphasizing history and Buddhism, with the analysis of some of the most pressing contemporary issues in exile, as well as in Tibet (or, alter
Location:
Kathmandu, Nepal
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
Examine Tibetan and Himalayan history and culture, Buddhism, and the pressing contemporary issues facing communities in exile, particularly in the case of Tibet. Through thematic lectures and field work, students explore issues of cultural preservation, religious revival, and sub-regional geopolitics and are challenged to consider the contemporary and historic linkages connecting different Himalayan communities. Questions of self-identification and recognition, as well as issues of diaspora, exile, and migration, are important topics for analysis in this program. From the program base in Nepal, students gain access to a rich array of academic resources throughout the Kathmandu Valley and beyond, learning from prominent Tibetan and Newar Buddhist scholars, as well as regional, ethnic (Sherpa and Tamang), and community experts.

Access Virtual Library Guide This interdisciplinary program balances an overview of traditional Tibetan culture, emphasizing history and Buddhism, with the analysis of some of the most pressing contemporary issues in exile, as well as in Tibet (or, alternatively, Ladakh). Students learn appropriate field methodology through the Field Study Seminar, ultimately leading toward their Independent Study Project. Language instruction provides students with basic understanding of Tibetan and a window into its history and culture.

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 Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples program examines the myriad factors—including historical, religious, economic, and political forces—that have shaped, and continue to shape, the diverse Himalayan communities inhabiting Nepal, northern India, and the Tibetan Autonomous Region in China. Particular emphasis is placed on societies of Tibetan/Himalayan Buddhist cultures.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
Please see our website for more information.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

4.9

Based on 10 Reviews

  • A challenging experience in a unique part of the world
    5.0
    02/02/20

    My time on this program was personally and intellectually the most formative semester in my undergraduate education. The instructors were wise and kind, pushing me and my peers to challenge ourselves intellectually while providing superb support; the

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Incredible Opportunity for Cultural Exchange
    5.0
    01/04/20

    I came in fairly ignorant of Tibetan culture and history and left with not only a greater understanding of that, but also with friendships that I hope will last long after the 4 months of the program. This was the best decision I made in college. It

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A Life-Altering Experience
    5.0
    12/21/19

    The SIT Study Abroad Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples program was much more impactful on my life than I thought it would be. Of utmost importance in this was the way the academic staff handled the course topics. The SIT academic staff created

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • SIT Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples Program
    5.0
    11/27/19

    To this day I am still learning from the experience I had in 2013 with SIT Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples as it continues to shape my future. They threw us into the culture, taught us how to think critically and developed our skills of non-invasive

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Gaining a new perspective on life in the foothills of the Himalayas
    5.0
    11/25/19

    The SIT Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples program is a unique program that offers a tremendous amount of opportunities for students with a variety of academic and personal interests. In addition to general coursework in Tibetan language, research methods

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Freedom to explore your passions and challenge yourself in an incredible place!
    4.0
    11/16/19

    Speaking from experience, you don’t need a significant background in South Asian studies or philosophy to gain a lot from this program. Nepal is rich with cultural diversity and I was constantly in awe of its natural beauty. It has something for everyone,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • My most rewarding college experience. A must for culturally curious and adventurous peopel!
    5.0
    11/08/19

    I cannot even begin to explain the numerous ways in which this program changed my life… seriously I have a SIT Nepal story for practically every single occasion and find a way to bring up how much it changed my life frequently. If you want a dynamic

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tibetan and Himalayan People
    5.0
    10/31/19

    The study abroad that I took part in during the spring semester of 2014 was the "SIT Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan People" program. The immersion into this program made it possible for me to explore the vitality of the cultural dimensions to the fullest.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Just do it
    5.0
    10/20/19

    SIT Nepal changed my life. I met my best friend and fell in love with Nepal. I grew so much during my semester with SIT. I now work in Nepal, teaching English on a Fulbright grant. Nepal feels like home to me and I found this home because of SIT. I know

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Unbelievably Memorable Study Abroad in Nepal
    5.0
    10/15/19

    The SIT Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples study abroad program was a remarkable highlight of my time in university. Through a refreshing taste of experiential learning, we engaged with communities across Nepal in productive, meaningful ways. Learning

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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