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  • Locations: Dharamsala, India
  • Program Terms: Spring / Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring / Summer 2021 01/29/2021 02/01/2021 TBA TBA
Spring / Summer 2022 01/28/2022 02/04/2022 TBA TBA
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 Areas of Study: Asian Studies, Biology, Culture, Gender Studies, Health & Human Services, Liberal Arts, Minority Studies, Pre-Health, Public Health, Social Policy & Administration, Social Work, Sociology Housing: Guest House, Homestay, Hotel
Program Type: Study Abroad
Program Description:
SIT Study Abroad India: Traditional Medicine & Healthcare Practices (Summer Online)

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.
This journey begins online in July with lectures, readings, and discussions, and continues during the optional January term in India. During 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 online and 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. (J-term)

Program Structure

This course offers three weeks of online study and an optional three weeks abroad. The online course is open to all applicants; the in-person J-term is open to college undergraduates who have completed the online term.

July Online Course Details

The structure of this program enhances your capacity to critically engage multidimensional interdisciplinary perspectives on healthcare and health delivery systems. Through the online seminar, you will learn about holistic approaches to healthcare in multiple traditional Indian health systems. You will understand the body, mind, and soul connection and the philosophy and principles of yoga and different yoga postures. Receive Tibetan medicine lessons and study the concept of life and death in Buddhism and health, disease, diagnosis, and treatment in Tibetan medicine.

Optional January-term Course Details

While in India, you will observe and learn firsthand at Kayakalp-Palampur and Dharamsala in 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.

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