The SIT: India Sustainable Development & 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.

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:


Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


August – December, January – May


16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Intensive Hindi Language (3 credits)
Shaping Sustainable Social Change (3 credits)
Field Methods and Ethics (3 credits)
Development Approaches and Distributive Justice (3 credits)
Independent Study Project (ISP) (4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SIT credit = 1 Whitman credit


Hostels and small hotels, as well as a six-week homestay with an Indian family in Jaipur


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.


Rolling Admission – students are encouraged to apply early.


SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

SIT: India Sustainable Development & Social Change