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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Homestay, Hostel, Hotel Eligible Year: 2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 Senior
Program Type: Pace Global Fellows
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad India: Public Health, Gender, and Community Action

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.

Examine Explore the links between public health, gender, and community action in India and Thailand.

Program Highlights

  • Study in New Delhi, India’s central hub for policymakers and organizations active in the field of public health.
  • Spend extensive time in the field.
  • Focus on women, children, tribal communities, and other underserved populations.
  • Participate in a weeklong workshop with an NGO or public health organization to learn about community health efforts in awareness building and advocacy with the government.
  • Learn Hindi.
  • Learn about India’s 5,000-year-old indigenous medicine system, with special focus on Ayurveda and yoga.
  • Choose an Independent Study Project or internship to enhance your intercultural and professional skills.

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

Independent Study

During the final four weeks of the program, you can choose to use your new language and cultural skills and the academic knowledge you have acquired to complete an Independent Study Project (ISP) on a topic of interest to you or complete an Internship with a local community organization, research organization, business, government agency, or international NGO

The ISP is conducted in North India or in another approved location in India. You will be matched with an ISP advisor who will work with you on the design, implementation, and evaluation of the research project. ISP advisors include professors of public health; environment, health, and human rights activists; health policy planners and advocates; and healthcare professionals.

Sample topics:
  • Traditional healing practices including Ayurveda and yoga
  • Traditional medicine approaches to mental healthcare and psychological wellbeing in India
  • Maternal and child health issues and practices
  • International, national, and regional responses to epidemics and pandemics
  • Health equity and disability

SIT internships are hands on and reflective. In addition to completing the internship, you will submit a paper processing your learning experience on the job and analyzing an issue important to the organization you interned with, and/or you will design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization.

Topics and placements may vary according to the availability of each institution. Sample internship sites:

  • Learning about traditional healthcare practices and holistic and traditional philosophy in Ayurveda and yoga at Kayakalp
  • Learning about Jamkhed’s community health model at Comprehensive Rural Health Project
  • Taking stock of LGBTQ rights and women’s access to healthcare in India at Naz Foundation
  • Gaining an understanding of complex, interdisciplinary approaches to sustainable development and public health at Seva Mandir
  • Learning about issues, challenges, and ways forward with regard to public health in a Himalayan rural community at Aarohi

Key Topics of Study

  • Public health systems in India and Thailand
  • Indian systems of medicine (Ayurveda and yoga)
  • Social determinants of health (poverty, gender, and caste) and health equity
  • Public health challenges: water, sanitation, and environment
  • The scourge of malnutrition and responses of the community
  • The political economy of health and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Regional and grassroots approaches to improving access to healthcare

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.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • 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




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Pace's Partner Program Application Process:
Partner Programs Application Process. March 2021 (002).docx

Pace's Application Deadlines:
Note: Because of the COVID-related U.S. State Dept. Level 4 Travel Advisory, THIS PROGRAM IS NOT BEING OFFERED FOR FALL 2021 SEMESTER.
Fall Semester: March 15
Spring Semester: October 15

PACE RESOURCES:
  • Pace Study Abroad FAQs: Review these Pace study abroad FAQs.
  • Academic FAQs: If you have more questions about academics related to study abroad, review these Pace FAQs.
  • Financial FAQs: If you have more questions about the cost of study abroad, financial aid, and scholarships, review these Pace FAQs.
    • Students are responsible for:
      • Pace tuition and fees, including a $100 Study Abroad Fee, are billed to the student's Pace account. 
      • Room charges are the responsibility of the student and are paid directly to the host institution abroad.
      • Out-of-pocket expenses (airfare, meals, local transportation, etc.) are the responsibility of the student.
      • All Federal and NY State financial aid apply during the semester abroad. Up to $12,500 of institutional financial aid (Pace scholarships/grants) applies to the semester abroad. The portability of Pace institutional aid is limited to two semesters. Pace tuition remission does not apply.

ENSURE YOU ENROLL IN ENOUGH CREDITS DURING YOUR SEMESTER ABROAD!!
A minimum of 12 U.S. credits is required during a semester abroad.

IMPORTANT!
Due to the uncertainties related to COVID-19 and travel abroad, please remember that you should NOT purchase flights for your program (or make any non-refundable deposits connected with travel/study abroad) until told to do so by the Education Abroad office.

PRE-APPROVED COURSES
Click the above link to see the courses that have been approved for Pace students who previously studied abroad on this SIT India Public Health program
 
  • Pace recommends that you try to select courses from this Pre-approved Courses list because these SIT India program courses have already been reviewed and approved by Pace Department Chairs. If you select courses from this list, you’ll only need to receive approval from your Pace Academic Advisor for those courses - which will make the process of receiving Pace academic credit for your semester abroad much easier. However, if the pre-approved courses listed don’t fit with your interests/academic plans and you chose a course that’s NOT on the pre-approved list, you’ll need to seek approval from a Pace Department Chair. 
  • Be sure to check with SIT's current course catalog because some courses listed on the link above may no longer be offered on this SIT India program or are only available during one of the terms (Fall or Spring). 
  • Note: If there are no courses (or only a few courses) listed, it means that you are one of the first students from Pace to study abroad on this SIT India program
  • Read more here about the process of obtaining Pace academic credit for courses taken abroad =================================================================================================================


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 10/15/2021 01/28/2022 05/12/2022