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SIT Study Abroad India: Traditional Medicine & Healthcare Practices (January Term)
Delhi, India; Dharamsala, India (Outgoing Program)
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Fields of Studies: Anthropology
Language of Instruction: English Experiential Learning: ITR Field Study, URI Affiliated Program
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SIT Study Abroad India: Traditional Medicine & Healthcare Practices

Gain a deep understanding of how India nurtures its vibrant, ancient traditional medicine systems while experiencing economic growth and modernization.

From bustling New Delhi to the quiet grandeur of the Himalaya, explore India’s ancient and traditional health systems. These include the vitally important practices of Ayurveda, yoga, Tibetan (Amchi) medicine, and naturopathy. Learn about the religious, social, economic, and cultural paradigms that provide a context for healthcare in India.

Your journey begins in New Delhi, before embarking on a two-week stay in the Himalaya, home to many of India’s rich botanical resources, see how mountain communities’ healthcare systems are affected by climate change, globalization, development, and sustainability efforts. Compare traditional and allopathic systems, gaining a multidimensional view into healthcare and health delivery among diverse groups of populations. Visit centers of traditional medicine in Delhi and in rural and urban areas in the Himalaya and meet practitioners of traditional and holistic Indian medicine. Travel to Dharamsala, headquarters of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile and where His Holiness the Dalai Lama lives and receive Tibetan medicine lessons.

Program Highlights
  • Study traditional medicine in communities of the Indian Himalaya.
  • Learn concepts of life, health, disease, treatment and care in Ayurveda, yoga and Tibetan medicine.
  • Practice and experience yoga concept of body, mind, and soul connection.
  • Live with a host family to explore health practices in Dharamsala, home of the Tibetan refugees and the Dalai Lama.



Program Structure

This January-term program will run from December 28, 2020-January 16, 2021. Participants will earn three credits.

Following orientation and introductory lectures in New Delhi, you will observe and learn firsthand at Kayakalp-Palampur and Dharamsala in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh about practices in Ayurveda, yoga and Tibetan medicine. By observing and learning about the institutions, methodologies, and practitioners of traditional medicine, students will compare and contrast India’s traditional and modern healthcare systems. The program will conclude at SIT’s program center in New Delhi.

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