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  • Locations: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Fall, Winter-Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter-Spring 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills University Studies Requirement: Yes, Reporting Live Supplemental Course
Program Description:

Program OverviewSIT Tibet

Students spend the first six weeks of the program living in Kathmandu, Nepal’s political and cultural center and home to a large Tibetan exile community. During their time in Kathmandu, students live with a homestay family and attend lectures both at the program house and throughout the city. Students may experience a discussion on the Bon religion at a learning institute halfway up a mountain on the edge of the Valley; hear a lecture delivered by a traditional Ayurvedic doctor, in the heart of the city's old town; or talk with the caretaker of one of Kathmandu's ancient pagoda shrines. The Nepal base for the program facilitates exploration of Tibetan and related groups living in high altitude mountain villages elsewhere in Nepal and beyond.

Program Focus

Examine the diversity of Himalayan societies across the South Asian sub-continent, with special emphasis on the Tibetan experience and identity. 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.


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Program Dates

Current SIT Calendar

Areas of Study

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This program is a good fit for the following majors:

  • ​Community Development
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Culture
  • Globalization
  • International Studies
  • Service Learning
  • Social Work


Fall:  Students enroll in 24 quarter credits
Winter/Spring:  Students enroll in 24 quarter credits

Language of Instruction 


Host Country Language 




Class Standing Eligibility

  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate

Minimum GPA Requirements

Undergraduate: 2.50

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.

Program Requirements

No previous language study required 

Program Fee

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PSU Fees

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Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account.