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  • Locations: Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Final Application Deadline Decision Timeline Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/15/2022 03/15/2022 06/13/2022 08/01/2022
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Subject Areas: Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology
Housing Options: Hotel, Residence Hall/Dormitory
Program Description:
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SIT Study Abroad Nepal: Geoscience in the Himalaya

 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.

Undertake Earth science fieldwork in the spectacular setting of the Nepal Himalaya, one of the most active mountain ranges in the world.

WHY STUDY IN NEPAL?

Tucked between China and India, Nepal is dominated by the Himalaya, known for many of Earth’s highest peaks and deepest gorges. Learn to “read” rocks and dive deep into geology to understand past and present Earth processes. Your geological trek will take you from the rain-soaked region south of the mountains, between two peaks higher than 8,000 meters, and to the arid edge of the Tibetan Plateau to the north. The active tectonics of Asia mean a high earthquake risk for many Himalayan communities. The steep mountain slopes and intense rainfall make landslides another hazard. These, combined with weak architectural choices, have led to major structural damage in Nepal. Learn about hazard assessment, risk reduction, and engineering geology, as well as climate change and hydropower. Engage with Nepali faculty and geology students from Nepal’s Tribhuvan University, who will also participate in the field portion of the program, subject to academic schedules. Students often become close with their fellow geology students from Nepal during the experience.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Take a geologic trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal.
  • Study a broad range of Earth processes and rock types
  • Conduct research with expert faculty and professionals.
  • Experience the hazards and benefits of living in a dynamic natural environment.
 
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

KEY TOPICS

  • How mountain ranges form and continually transform
  • Geoscience field research and observational methods
  • How societal decisions affect geohazards faced by humans
  • Aligning risk reduction with sustainable development
  • Conducting and communicating about geoscience research

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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Application Process for Other Approved Programs 
This program is offered through one of our approved program partners. In order to participate you must apply through, and be approved, by both St. Thomas and the program. 
  
Application Process 
  1. Attend a first-step session. Dates posted online at stthomas.edu/studyabroad. 
  1. Schedule an advising meeting. This meeting will review: 
  1. any questions you have about studying abroad, including program selection if you are considering multiple programs. 
  1. the course approval process 
  1. how to apply to Other Approved Programs 
  1. Notify your study abroad advisor of final program selection. 
  1. Complete all St. Thomas application materials by the St. Thomas application deadline. 
  1. Complete program application via the program’s website by their deadline. 
  
University of St. Thomas application deadlines: 
October 1 for January Term and spring semester programs 
March 15 for summer, fall semester and year-long programs. 
Please note that some programs have deadlines earlier than St. Thomas. 
  
St Thomas Criteria for Participation 
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.5. 
  • Students may not apply for, maintain an approved application, nor participate in a Study Abroad program while on academic or conduct probation. Any disciplinary records may be a consideration for approval to participate in an off-campus programs. 
  • View all eligibility requirements for study abroad through St. Thomas: stthomas.edu/studyabroad > Student Policies. 
  • Some programs have additional criteria. 
  
Financial Aid/Scholarships 
Financial Aid Awards (grants, loans and scholarships) typically apply to semester study abroad. Visit stthomas.edu/financialaid for instructions. 
The Office of Study Abroad, and other approved program partners, offers scholarships. Visit stthomas.edu/studyabroad, and the program’s website, for details. 
 
 
Program Information 
For additional program information, contact the program partner. 
 
For application procedures contact Study Abroad. 
 Office of Study Abroad 
University of St. Thomas 
MHC 212 (Mail 5026) 
2115 Summit Avenue 
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096 USA 
Tel: 1.651.962.6450 
Fax: 1.651.962.5199 
Email: studyabroad@stthomas.edu 
stthomas.edu/studyabroad