SIT: Development and Social Change

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Academic Program

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

  • Reviewed by: Professor Thierry Boucquey
  • Fields of study: Economic development, class and gender issues, labor migration, social and political change
  • Eligibility: 7.5 cumulative GPA, 8.0-8.9 GPA requires a petition; area studies
  • Number of program participants: 15-25

Living Arrangements

Students live with host families while in Kathmandu as well as a shorter stay with a famly in a mountain village. On field trips, students stay in guest houses and small hotels. Meals are taken with the host family or with the program group.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Late August to early December
  • Spring: Late January to mid May


  • Advising Tips: This program requires a faculty reference. Faculty referees may use the Scripps form or the student can provide a link to the online reference form.
  • 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.
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