South India Term Abroad

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About South India Term Abroad

South India Term Abroad is no longer accepting applications. From 1990 - 2018, South India Term Abroad offered students diverse and creative opportunities to take classes, conduct field research, live with host families, and travel throughout South India. We leave with memories of Dr. V’s stories that made every semester’s Myth, Religion, and Art course come alive, delicious home-cooked south Indian lunches at the SITA Center, laughter-filled conversations with Thangam and with Nirmala, Dr. Arun’s morning Tamil classes, boathouse journeys through Kerala’s gorgeous backwaters, research assistants who helped students navigate Madurai streets and Tamil interviews – and became friends along the way, host families who opened their hearts and their homes to US college students, and so many more. Our legacy lives on as SITA alumni pursue further research opportunities with prestigious fellowships, become scholars in South Asian related fields, apply their experience in professions from public health to law, and with every south Indian meal or story shared with friends and family. We thank everyone - our students, their families, our staff in Madurai, academic directors, research assistants, host families, and our partner institutions in the US and Madurai - for their courage and creativity as they participated in diverse ways to support this rigorous and immersive education abroad experience. We hope you agree that the challenges were worth it!

“I’m a different person, a better person.” -SITA alum 

See SITA through the eyes of one of our amazing students. Thank you Hayley Nicholas (Bowdoin, Class of 2017) for sharing your experience in such a fun and meaningful way!

Wondering what it’s like to live with a host family? Caleigh Ryan (Grinnell, Class of 2017) and her host sisters, Aafreen and Afshan, formed a lifelong bond that will span continents.

There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. – Keith Bellows, the late editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveller

Temple Complexes

Temple Complexes

The road to the SITA Center

and Elephant Visits



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