UMD: A Globally Connected University
SIT Study Abroad Nepal: Geoscience in the Himalaya (Summer)
Major Topics of Study
- The ways in which societal decisions affect the geohazard risks faced by human populations
- Steps for risk reduction that align with sustainable development practices
- The hazards and benefits of living in a dynamic natural environment
- How immense mountain ranges form and continually transform
- A broad range of Earth processes and rock types
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
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.
- 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.
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
- 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
To apply to this program, you must complete two main steps:
- Submit a UMD approval application - start by clicking “apply now” at the top of this page. This application allows UMD Education Abroad to approve your study abroad program selection so you may earn credit in a program outside of UMD.
This application will require you to meet with your EA advisor, who will communicate important details related to participating in this program. If you do not complete this application by the stated deadline, you may not receive credit for your study abroad program and will lose your student status for the time you are not studying at UMD.
- Apply directly to the program provider. After receiving UMD approval, you should submit the program application directly to the program sponsor by their deadline. Your program sponsor will determine your official acceptance to a program. You must adhere to the provider's timeline, eligibility standards, and application requirements.
After being accepted to your program, your EA advisor will guide you through the course pre-approval process where you will determine which credits you will fulfill abroad.
Because of the experiential nature of the SIT program model, UMD students are strongly encouraged to review the course structure with their academic advisors BEFORE starting the application for SIT. Certain majors may not be permitted to transfer the credits for the independent study project to Maryland, and all students must have at least 12 transferable credits.