Why study identity and social change in Nepal?
Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.
This transdisciplinary program will explore the critical global issues of Identity and Human Resilience and Development and Inequality, in the Nepalese context.
Your program starts online with discussions, assignments, and readings designed to equip you for immersion and hands-on learning. Tackle critical global issues through lectures and writings, while starting Nepali or Tibetan language lessons.
In Kathmandu, live in a local guesthouse/lodge, and get involved in society. Study identity, borders, and humans’ relationship with the state and speak with activists to understand their struggles for equal rights, recognition, and justice. Visit Chitwan and engage with locals to discover how they are working toward community development and environmental protection. Explore religion, transboundary relations and identity in Lumbini. Trek in the high Himalayas as a guest of Tibetan[-oid] communities. Traverse a vertical slice of the country from sea level in the southern plains (Lumbini and Chitwan), to the highest gorge in the world on the edge of the Chinese border, exploring and analyzing Nepal’s remarkable biological, geological, and cultural diversity.
Prepared with essential language and research skills, conduct original fieldwork on a topic of your choice during the final four weeks of the semester.
- Explore changing gender and social justice rights from notable regional experts and local activists.
- Examine Tibetan and Himalayan society, geopolitics, religion, and arts, and visit remote communities on high-altitude treks.
- Live with a host family in Kathmandu; learn the Tibetan language and/or Nepali.
- Traverse Nepal, south to north, from Indian border to Tibet/China border, from sea level to the roof of the world.