Through thematic lectures and field work, students on the SIT: Nepal Development and Social Change program explore how international development, political conflict, an emerging civil society, and global markets are all working to redefine Nepal in the twenty-first century. Students take two extended excursions to better understand development and social change from different perspectives: the first to either Terai or the middle hills region, and an extended excursion and homestay in the Himalayas.

Fields of study:

Nepali Language and Interdisciplinary studies related to Nepal


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:
Development and Social Change Seminar (3 credits)
Intensive Nepali Language (6 credits)
Field Methods and Ethics (3 credits)
Independent Study Project (ISP) (4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SIT credit = 1 Whitman credit


Six-week homestay in Kathmandu and a short village homestay during the Himalayan excursion.  Other accommodations during the program include guest houses or small hotels.


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: Nepal Development and Social Change