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SIT Himalayan Buddhist Art and Architecture
New Delhi, India
Program Terms: Summer

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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Fact Sheet:
Mininum GPA: 2.5 Class Status: 02-Sophomore, 03-Junior, 04-Senior
 Academic Areas:
Art History, Arts, Asian Studies
 Language of Instruction:
 Program Type:
Study Abroad
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Program Description:
Explore the history, arts, architecture, and religions of the Himalayas.

This unique study abroad program examines art history and Buddhism on the road across northern Indian on the Tibetan plateau. The program is run during the summer.

Learning is conducted in classrooms, monasteries, temples, mountainsides, and meadows.

  • During the program period in the Ladakh Valley, students learn at the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies in Choglamsar, one of the preeminent centers for Tibetan Buddhist Studies in India.
  • Learning is also conducted at the SIT center in New Delhi, where the program begins and concludes.

Experience many of India's most remote and beautiful mountainous areas long considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists.

Students can expect to:

  • Examine Vajrayana Buddhist culture, which nourished a rich, visual tradition in sculpture, painting, and architecture
  • Consider the ancient civilizations that thrived in the Himalayas
  • Travel through the valleys of Spiti, Ladakh and Zanskar, on the Tibetan plateau
  • Discover the symbolism and cultural and religious significance of ancient Indian art nestled in remote locations
  • Learn introductory Hindi
  • Witness the stunning natural landscape and unusual wildlife of the western Himalayan area
This program is also available for graduate credit.


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