The SIT: India Sustainable Development and Social Change program in Jaipur focuses on social change and sustainable development in India and Southeast Asia. This program allows the opportunity to examine development and strategies and trends while living in the world's largest democratic country. Students on this program will participate in educational excursions to various NGO headquarters, academic and research institutes, and villages. They will spend 5 to 7 days in small groups working with a NGO, such as a literacy organization or a women’s health organization, on a specific issue related to their studies.

“What India offers is a chance to learn through experience, lessons in patience, acceptance, compassion, humility, graciousness, in ways which you never have learned them before. India is where you will learn about people; how to deal with people; how to deal with situations; and how to take charge of yourself. As far as a ‘social experience,’ there is no better place to have one.” - Sam J. '17

Student Blog:

Kira Deshler | Spring 2016

Fields of study:

Intensive Hindi and Indian Area Studies Courses


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement); ability to live in a culture very different from one’s own and to adjust to the living conditions of the developing world.

Language Prerequisite:



16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Shaping Sustainable Social Change (3 credits)
Sustainable Futures: India and Beyond (3 credits)
Hindi Language (3 credits)
Field Methods and Ethics (3 credits)
Independent Study Project (ISP) (4 credits) or Internship and Seminar (4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SIT credit = 1 Whitman credit


Students choose between an ISP and an internship. Interns may work with NGOs focusing on urban planning, energy, food distribution, development, adult literacy, or other issues.


A six-week homestay with an Indian family in Jaipur.  Other accommodations include hostels, small hotels, NGOs , and educational institutions.


All meals for the entire program period are covered either by SIT directly, or through a stipend provided to each student, or through the homestay.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


September – December, February – May


Rolling Admission – students are encouraged to apply early.


SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

SIT: India Sustainable Development and Social Change