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  • Locations: Delhi, India
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Minimum GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Areas of Study: Asian Studies, Biology, Culture, Gender Studies, Health Sciences, Hindi, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Arts, Social Policy, Social Work, Sociology
Housing Options: Guest House, Homestay, Hostel Program Provider: SIT Study Abroad
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SIT Study Abroad India: Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Practices (Summer)

 NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Gain a deep understanding of how India nurtures its vibrant, traditional medicine systems while experiencing economic growth and modernization.

WHY STUDY IN INDIA?

From bustling New Delhi to the quiet grandeur of the Himalaya, explore India’s ancient and traditional health systems. These include the vitally important practices of Ayurveda, traditional Tibetan (Amchi), folk medicine, yoga, and naturopathy. On this journey, learn about the social, economic, and cultural paradigms that provide a context for healthcare in India. During a 10-day stay in the Himalaya, home to many of India’s rich botanical resources, see how mountain communities’ healthcare systems are affected by climate change, globalization, development and sustainability efforts. Compare traditional and allopathic systems, gaining a multidimensional view into healthcare and health delivery among diverse groups including marginalized and indigenous populations. Visit centers of traditional medicine in Delhi and in rural and urban areas in the Himalaya and meet practitioners of traditional and holistic Indian medicine. Travel to Dharamsala, headquarters of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile and where His Holiness the Dalai Lama lives, and receive Tibetan medicine lessons.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Live with fellow students and a host family in the lakeside town of Nainital.
  • Learn concepts of life, death, and treatment in Buddhism and Tibetan medicine.
  • Study ancient medicine in Delhi and rural communities of the Indian Himalaya.
  • Explore health practices in Dharamsala’s McLeod Ganj, home of the Dalai Lama.
 
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

KEY TOPICS

  • Investigate the Himalayas’ repository of medicinal plants and herbs
  • Visit Rishikesh, considered the mecca for yoga and meditation
  • Learn health practices through mind-body-soul connections
  • Explore yoga as a spiritual preventative and curative medicine
  • Witness how climate change and globalization affect health outcomes

MONEY MATTERS

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

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India: Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Practices (Summer)

Major Topics of StudyIndia

  • Ayurveda, yoga, Siddha, tradi­tional Tibetan medicine (Amchi), Unani, folk medicine, naturopathy, and other traditional health systems
  • How issues such as climate change, globalization, and development may be impacting health services and healthcare access across India
  • How issues of globalization and India’s modern development agenda affect the delivery of healthcare services
  • The institutions, methodologies, and practitioners of traditional medicine in India
  • How marginalization affects the lives and health of India’s indigent populations

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Program Structure

There is no "typical day"on an SIT program. Activities may take place on any day of the week and at any time of day to be in accordance with local norms and to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Thus, the schedule and structure of the program are likely very different from what students are used to on their home campuses. The summer progresses in phases:

  • Summer programs last for six or seven weeks. Much of that time is spent in the field, with visits to sites relevant to the program theme.
  • Throughout the summer students participate in:
    • thematic seminars and educational excursions
    • language instruction focused on improving practical communication skills, and
    • one to two homestays, typically.
  • On some programs, students complete a practicum or research project.
  • At the end of each program, students participate in debriefing and reentry sessions.

What Makes SIT Unique

  • SIT Study Abroad offers a field-based, experiential approach to learning.
  • Each program has a small group of students (typically 10–35). 
  • On an SIT program, students gain high levels of access to many different stakeholders and experts relevant to the issues the program is examining. 
  • While some learning will be conducted at the SIT program center, extensive learning is done outside the classroom — in host communities, field stations, NGO headquarters, ecological sites, health clinics, and art studios.

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance

Scholarships:

  • SIT awards nearly $1.3 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $3,000.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

Contact SIT Study Abroad




This program is currently not accepting applications.