Program Overview

SIT semester programs include the following components: one-week orientation, intensive language study, homestay (in urban and rural areas), thematic seminar, field methods seminar, independent study project (last month of program), and program evaluation.

This 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.

From the program base in Nepal, you will 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.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples

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.

Application process

If you are interested in applying to the Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples 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.

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.
TermYearPriority DeadlineDeadlineArrival Date
Fall Semester20204/15/2020Early SeptemberMid-December
Spring Semester202110/1/2020Early FebruaryMid-May

Travel Advisories

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