“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
Spring Semester 2018
October 13, 2017
January 4 – April 14, 2017
Fall Semester 2018
April 20, 2018
mid-August – late November
SITA’s comprehensive fees are intended to cover all your expenses once you are in India, with very little out-of-pocket expenses. 2015-16 students reported spending $70-$150 beyond the living stipend SITA provides. One student commented, “I could have relied only on the stipends given by SITA and have been fine. I used my own money for gifts and more pricey clothes.”
Spring 2017 comprehensive fees are $19,995 and include all course-related expenses, room & board, in-country travel, and more. You can review a more detailed cost breakdown.
T here are many financial resources available to students who want to study abroad. Be sure to ask your study abroad office about scholarships and awards available at your home institution, as well as any outside resources they can recommend. You can also begin your on-line search with this list of scholarships compiled by SITA.
Spring 2017 fees for academic-year program SITA students are reduced to $19,495. So if you’re a fall semester SITA student (or planning to become a fall semester SITA student), consider staying in India for the academic year. In your second semester, you can transition from your host family to an apartment for an independent living experience (or continue living with your host family, or a new host family), continue your research, improve your Tamil language skills, find even more meaningful ways to engage with local communities, and also serve as a peer mentor to incoming SITA students just starting to explore Madurai and dive into the complexities of south Indian culture, politics, and history.
A ll fees must be paid to SITA before arrival. Invoices will be issued via email to you as a student shortly after your confirmation deadline. If your college/university is one of our partner institutions, SITA may have an agreement to invoice your school directly. To confirm this, please contact the executive director. Payments may be made by ACH (electronic) payment (instructions for ACH payments are included on the invoice) or by check.
If an electronic transfer is not possible, a check can be made payable to South India Term Abroad and sent to:
South India Term Abroad
Attn: Connie Etter
1079 South 300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
withdrawal and refund policy
Please note that withdrawing from the program within 6 weeks of the US departure date will have financial consequences. The SITA refund policy regarding withdrawals, with dates specific to spring 2017 semester students, is as follows:
- If you withdraw on or before June 30, 2017: 100% refund of the total program cost, except the non-refundable program deposit of $500.
- If you withdraw July 1 – July 14, 2017: 90% refund of the total program cost, except the non-refundable program deposit of $500.
- If you withdraw July 15 – July 28, 2017: 75% refund of the total program cost, except the non-refundable program deposit of $500.
- If you withdraw July 29 – Aug. 11, 2017: 50% refund of the total program cost, except the non-refundable program deposit of $500.
- If you withdraw on or after Aug. 12, 2017: no refund will be issued.
If you would like to defer your participation from one semester to another, please contact the executive director to discuss your options. Requests will be managed on a case-by-case basis. You cannot defer to another term to avoid cancellation fees.