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  • Locations: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year U of A Application Deadline U of A Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** If you are applying for an external program, please note the U of A application deadline listed may be different than the external program provider's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Advisor: Bumpers College: Veronica Mobley, College of Architecture & Design: Brian Poepsel, College of Education & Health Professions: Veronica Mobley, College of Engineering: Brian Poepsel, Fulbright College: Katie Sabo, Walton College: Sarah Malloy Program Type: External
Credit Hours Available: Between 1-6 Credit Hours, Between 6-12 Credit Hours Area of Study: Earth Science, Environmental Soil & Water Sci, Geography, Geology, Health Science, Plant Science
Program Duration: 4-8 Weeks Credit Type: Transfer Credit
Open to non-U of A students?: No Open to Graduate Students?: No
Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel
Program Description:
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Nepal: Geoscience in the Himalaya (Summer)

Major Topics of StudyNepal

  • The ways in which societal decisions affect the geohaz­ard risks faced by human populations
  • Steps for risk reduction that align with sustainable development practices
  • The hazards and benefits of living in a dynamic natural environment
  • How immense mountain ranges form and continually transform
  • A broad range of Earth processes and rock types

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Program Structure

There is no "typical day"on an SIT program. Activities may take place on any day of the week and at any time of day to be in accordance with local norms and to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Thus, the schedule and structure of the program are likely very different from what students are used to on their home campuses. The summer progresses in phases:

  • Summer programs last for six or seven weeks. Much of that time is spent in the field, with visits to sites relevant to the program theme.
  • Throughout the summer students participate in:
    • thematic seminars and educational excursions
    • language instruction focused on improving practical communication skills, and
    • one to two homestays, typically.
  • On some programs, students complete a practicum or research project.
  • At the end of each program, students participate in debriefing and reentry sessions.

What Makes SIT Unique

  • SIT Study Abroad offers a field-based, experiential approach to learning.
  • Each program has a small group of students (typically 10–35). 
  • On an SIT program, students gain high levels of access to many different stakeholders and experts relevant to the issues the program is examining. 
  • While some learning will be conducted at the SIT program center, extensive learning is done outside the classroom — in host communities, field stations, NGO headquarters, ecological sites, health clinics, and art studios.

Money Matters

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

Scholarships:

  • SIT awards nearly $1.3 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $3,000.  
  • 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.

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