Explore the history, arts, architecture, and religions of the Himalayas. This unique study abroad program examines art history and Buddhism on the road across northern Indian on the Tibetan plateau. Learning is conducted in classrooms, monasteries, temples, mountainsides, and meadows. During the program period in the Ladakh Valley, students learn at the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies in Choglamsar, one of the preeminent centers for Tibetan Buddhist Studies in India. Learning is also conducted at the SIT center in New Delhi, where the program begins and concludes. Experience many of India's most remote and beautiful mountainous areas long considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists.
Students can expect to examine Vajrayana Buddhist culture, which nourished a rich, visual tradition in sculpture, painting, and architecture. They will consider the ancient civilizations that thrived in the Himalayas while travelling through the valleys of Spiti, Ladakh and Zanskar, on the Tibetan plateau. Students will discover the symbolism and cultural and religious significance of ancient Indian art nestled in remote locations where they will learn introductory Hindi.
|Education Abroad Advisor
||Attend an Ed Abroad 101 Session
||Current SIT Calendar
|Areas of Study
- Asian Studies
- Art History
- International Studies
- Religious Studies
||Students enroll in 12 quarter credits.
||Reporting Live Capstone available during fall and spring terms
|Language of Instruction
|Host Country Language
||Homestays, other program arranged housing
|Class Standing Eligibility
||Current Description of SIT Courses
Program Fee Includes:
Additional SIT scholarships are available.
- Tuition & course materials
- Housing & all meals
- International Health Insurance
- Educational Excursions
From bustling New Delhi to the quiet grandeur of the Himalaya, explore India’s ancient and traditional health systems. Gain a deep understanding of how India nurtures its vibrant, traditional medicine systems while experiencing economic growth and modernization. Live with fellow students and a host family in the lakeside town of Nainital. Learn concepts of life, death, and treatment in Buddhism and Tibetan medicine. Study ancient medicine in Delhi and rural communities of the Indian Himalaya. Explore health practices in Dharamsala’s McLeod Ganj, home of the Dalai Lama.
From bustling New Delhi to the quiet grandeur of the Himalaya, explore India’s ancient and traditional health systems. These include the vitally important practices of Ayurveda, traditional Tibetan (Amchi), folk medicine, yoga, and naturopathy. On this journey, learn about the social, economic, and cultural paradigms that provide a context for healthcare in India. During a 10-day stay in the Himalaya, home to many of India’s rich botanical resources, see how mountain communities’ healthcare systems are affected by climate change, globalization, development and sustainability efforts. Compare traditional and allopathic systems, gaining a multidimensional view into healthcare and health delivery among diverse groups including marginalized and indigenous populations. Visit centers of traditional medicine in Delhi and in rural and urban areas in the Himalaya and meet practitioners of traditional and holistic Indian medicine. Travel to Dharamsala, headquarters of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile and where His Holiness the Dalai Lama lives, and receive Tibetan medicine lessons.