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Asia and the Pacific Programs
SIT Study Abroad alumna Elizabeth Reynolds uses her background in art to investigate the commercialization of an ancient Tibetan art form.
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Joanna Tsai’s semester in Vietnam with SIT sparked her interest in transforming animal waste into energy, a passion that has developed into ongoing academic and professional opportunities.
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Leading SIT Study Abroad Tibet and Nepal programs, Hubert Decleer has guided about a thousand students to discover gems of wisdom in these cultures and shape more meaningful lives.
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Salome Vanwoerden’s volunteer work at a Nepali mental health facility inspired her to return to the South Asian country to improve the lives of those struggling with mental illness.
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“I really feel that studying India's art. . . helps one to understand its history and culture through the most optimistic perspective possible. It's been a great semester! On this program we study the best of India!"
Anna Munzesheimer, Knox College, India: National Identity and the Arts
LIVE IN THE WORLD’S MOST POPULOUS AND DYNAMICALLY GROWING REGION.
From Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, to China, the world’s largest population, to India, the world’s biggest democracy, Asia/Pacific will have a profound influence on this century. Live and study in a region that will critically shape the global economic future.
EXPERIENCE THE MOST PRESSING CURRENT ISSUES IN HEALTH, DEVELOPMENT, POLITICS AND THE ENVIRONMENT, AND EXAMINE A RISE IN SOCIAL ACTIVISM.
The Asia/Pacific region offers access to some of the most significant sites and leaders in sustainability, political ecology, and environmental studies. Visit Tasmania with world-renowned conservationists, or study environmental sustainability with Australian Aboriginal elders. Examine policy and practice in the field of public health in economically diverse communities in India, and explore issues of conservation and poverty alleviation in Nepal. Study natural resource management in Vietnam, or gain first-hand experience of non-western medical approaches in China.
"The learning approach, experience from my research, language instruction, field visits, and techniques learned on SIT really enhanced my research undertaken on the Fulbright program."
Tyler McMahon, Colorado College
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN ANCIENT, COMPLEX CULTURES.
Asia is home to some of the most important sites of the origins of human civilization. Centuries of continuity of ancient value systems shape modern Asian societies and present an unparalleled richness of learning opportunities. Homestays, whether with Rajput families in Jaipur, Javanese families in Yogyakarta, or Tibetan families in Kathmandu, offer students windows into the intersections of tradition and modernity characterizing our changing world. Visits to world renowned sites in Asia such as the Taj Mahal and Khajuraho in India highlight the deep resources of heritage and civilization.
LEARN AND IMPROVE SKILLS IN CRITICAL 21ST CENTURY LANGUAGES.
Students of any language level can study Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Vietnamese, or Mongolian, developing the skills relevant to future career goals. Courses in Nepali, Samoan, and Tibetan and provide equally exciting opportunities to learn critical lesser-known languages.
DISCOVER THE RELEVANCE OF SMALL COMMUNITIES AND IDENTITY POLITICS.
Across the globe local communities continue to redefine and negotiate notions of home, nation, and identity. From small Pacific islands like Samoa and Fiji, to nomadic groups of herders living on the steppes of Mongolia, small communities seek to blend culture and tradition with the most recent waves of globalization. Modern Vietnam is one of Asia’s most rapidly urbanizing countries as a result of internal migration and global investment. Ethnic minorities across the Asia/Pacific region struggle for recognition; women, children, and vulnerable caste groups in India struggle to obtain access to rights and services.
CONDUCT IN-DEPTH FIELDWORK. EXPERIENCE EXTRAORDINARY EXCURSION SITES.
- Gorgeous Himalayan regions in Nepal, Bhutan, and India - SIT’s Tibetan Studies program will again include an extended excursion to Bhutan.
- The Wet Tropics bioregion and the Great Barrier Reef in north Queensland, Australia
- Traditional Pacific Island villages, featuring lava fields, sand dunes and volcanoes, in Samoa
- China's remote minority communities in Yunnan Province
- Tibetan Buddhist community of Leh, in northern India
ENJOY DIRECT ACCESS TO IN-COUNTRY ACADEMICS, ACTIVISTS, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS.
In every program in Asia and the Pacific, SIT’s extensive networks and resources give students access to leading academics, activists, politicians, and NGO leaders, opening the door to extraordinary facilities, host communities, and natural areas. Plan your study abroad experience with SIT in Asia and the Pacific.
"…because of my semester in Samoa I was able to create a wonderful senior thesis surrounding the Samoan communities of Seattle and Tacoma, Washington and to really reach out and gain an acceptance that most others do not have. I was able to present my research at the annual Pacific Sociological Association conference. Additionally, because of my semester in Samoa, I made the decision to give back to the world community and join the Peace Corps."
Andrea Gorton, University of Puget Sound