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  • Locations: New Delhi, India
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: SU applicants only
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Open to Visiting Students: No Admissions GPA Requirement:: 3.0
Program Description:
SIT India:
Public Health, Policy Advocacy, and Community Action

SIT (the School for International Training) hosts this program in New Delhi (the sprawling capital metropolis of India) which explores the links between public health, policy advocacy, and community with a focus on women, children, tribal, and other marginalized and vulnerable populations in India. Using a field-study context, students analyze specific case studies that illuminate the problems, prospects, and potential methods of promoting health. Policy advocacy efforts for realization of right to health on the national and international levels are also examined, along with relevant public health schemes and programs. Students are able to explore the city of New Delhi, visit rual and tribal communities, take seminars on topics such as health tourism and mental health in India, work with an Indian NGO, and learn Hindi. A hallmark of SIT programs, students will also work on an Independent Study Project to critically examine a topic, situation, of community relevant to the topic of health and human rights in India.

Program Details

  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • SU required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
  • No language prerequisite
  • Students must take Hindi (beginning or intermediate)

Program Calendar
Fall: late August to mid-December
Spring: early February to mid-May

The program consists of five required courses, including language study (Hindi) and a independent study project. You will take core courses (all taught in English) on capacity-building, health care delivery, economics and public health, and field methods and ethics in social science and health. Your Independent Study Project can incorporate time with an NGO or service provider, with the opportunity for placements in urban and rural settings. Grades from SIT will be posted to your academic record and factored into your overall GPA at SU.

For a list of courses pre-approved for SU credit, please click on the "Courses Offered" link at the top of this page. There is no guarantee courses on the list will be offered during your semester abroad, so please refer to the World Partner website for the most up-to-date course offerings. If you want to take a course that is not already approved, Syracuse Abroad will assist in obtaining approval from the appropriate SU academic department.

Students live in homestays in New Delhi and a remote village in Rajasthan or Maharashtra. Other accommodations include NGO guest houses, hostels, educational institutions, or small hostels

All U.S. citizens and most non-U.S. citizens are required to have a student visa for their semester in India. SIT will provide assistance with the visa application process.

Program Cost
You will pay SU tuition and can apply all SU financial aid except work study. Besides tuition, you will also be charged program fee which covers pre-departure meetings, International Travel insurance and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged.
For the program fee and further explanation of estimated costs, please see the financial planning budget here:
SIT India Public Health Budget 2018-2019.pdf

Lou Berends,

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Applying to this program requires completion of both the SU Abroad and SIT application.

Please note: due to the small number of spaces in each program, it is possible for a program to reach maximum enrollment before the application due date.  Please apply early!

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  • Complete SIT’s application online. Check the SIT website for the application deadline.
  • Follow instructions from SIT for supplemental documents

SIT India: Public Health, Gender, and Community Action

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.