SIT: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples

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Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures, fieldwork, and independent study; courses are taught primarily in English. Tibetan language study required. Students earn four Scripps courses. On-site orientation and educational fieldtrips included.

  • Reviewed by: Professor Thierry Boucquey
  • Fields of study: Asian studies, cultural history, geopolitics, migration, religion
  • Eligibility: 9.0 cumulative GPA; 8.0-8.9 GPA requires a petition; area studies course
  • Number of program participants: 20

Living Arrangements

Students live in private homes, guest houses, hostels, and some camping may be expected. Meals are taken as a group or with the host family.

Term Dates

  • Fall: early September to mid-December
  • Spring: early February to mid-May


  • Visa Information: All students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the program’s end date to study in another country. Students should apply for a passport as early as possible; in some cases, passport applications may need to be expedited. Students may need one or more visas, in addition to a valid passport. Visa application processes vary widely, and some visa processes are multi-step and complicated. SIT Study Abroad helps students to understand the visa process for each program. The SIT admissions counselor can answer passport and visa-related questions and concerns. Non-US citizens should consult with SIT early to determine the visa requirements based on their country of origin. SIT Study Abroad cannot guarantee visas for its participants, and it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to secure the appropriate visa in a timely manner.
  • Budget Planning: For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Kathmandu and Los Angeles.