University of Oregon

SIT: Summer Innovation Lab on Food in Sikkim

Program Overview

In this program you will analyze current trends and long-term prospects for local food production and nutritional security in the Himalaya, one of the most fragile, important, and biodiverse ecological systems in the world. Through excursions, site visits, and homestays, you will study Sikkim’s dynamic genetic pool of agrobiological resources developed by mountain communities through generations of diverse cultivation practices. You will analyze how climate change, globalization, and conflicting government policies impact food production and nutritional security in the same communities.

During the program, you will attend a half-day workshop with experts and local community members. In the third week of the program, students will divide into two groups and return to one of the program’s excursion locations — Lingee-Payong or Sumbuk — for an extended stay of approximately 10 days while developing the collaborative lab project and living with village families. Engagement in hands-on projects will prepare you with the perspectives necessary to understand and analyze the current trends and long-term prospects for local food production and nutritional security in the Himalayas. 

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: Summer Innovation Lab on Food in Sikkim

Application Process

If you are interested in applying to the Agriculture, Food Security, and Globalization program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

SIT Study Abroad has rolling admission, which means that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening and closing dates of the review process. Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission. Since many programs fill long before the published closing dates, you are strongly advised to apply by the above priority deadline.

Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by SIT. The SIT admissions committee strives to select students who will be the best possible match for the program. You should submit strong academic references and demonstrate a consistent academic record, clear motivation to study abroad, solid reasoning for their program choice, and an understanding of the program model.

IMPORTANT: Application for a SIT program involves two parts. Both parts of the application are due by the GEO application deadline.

  • Completion of the GEO application process.
  • Completion of the SIT application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the SIT deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Additional Requirements

  • Previous college-level coursework or other significant preparation in environmental studies, agriculture, policy studies, sociology, or related fields recommended.

Dates and Deadlines

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Additional Date Information

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.