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  • Locations: Jaipur, India
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: SU applicants only
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

SIT India:

Sustainable Development and Social ChangeIndia 2This program, hosted by SIT (the School for International Training), allows students to opportunity to examine socioeconomic development trends in Northern India as well as tensions and challenges shaping India today. Located in Jaipur, a city of 3 million people and the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, the program focuses on sustainability and development in an emerging global city. Students gain foundational knowledge of India's past, present, and future development paradigms, economic growth, and social change. Topics of study include: India's transition post-1990s, India's polity and governance mechanisms, Indian society and its marginalized communities, sustainability in India, and radical ecology democracy (RED). Students are able to explore the city of Jaipur, a bustling hub of NGOs engaged in development projects, social justice initiatives, and political activism, while gaining exposure to Indian experts in development and learning 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, intermediate, or advanced)
Program Calendar
Fall: late August to mid-December
Spring: late January to mid-May

The academic program consists of five courses, including language study (Hindi) and an independent study project. Core courses explore development approaches and distributive justice, shaping sustainable social change, and field methods and ethics. Guest lecturers include local scholars, policymakers and planners, social activists, journalists, development practitioners, and high-level state and government officials. Students also take part in educational excursions and workshops. 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 a homestay for six weeks in Jaipur. Other accommodations may include hostels, educational institutions, or small hotels.

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 Sustainable Development 2017-2018.pdf

Cara Hardy,

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Applying to this program requires completion of both the Syracuse 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: Sustainable Development and Social Change


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.