SITA alumniconsider returning to Madurai for a semester or year to gain experience in peer counseling, non-profit administration, leadership development, continued Tamil language training, intercultural team work, and extended independent living in India!  Apply for a South India Term Abroad program assistant position. The deadline for an academic year 2014-2015 program assistant position is March 3, 2014. 

Student Application Materials for Spring Semester 2014 are Due October 1, 2013.

There are six parts to the student application:

1. Meet with your home institution study abroad office to discuss your interest in applying to SITA and submit the Home Institution Approval Form.
Please scan and email the form to: or mail a hard copy to: South India Term Abroad; PO Box 526143; Salt Lake City, UT 84152-6143. 

2. Submit the Application Form.  
** Please note that you will not be able to save the form and return to it. Have your essay and directed field research proposal ready to upload before beginning.**

ESSAY: Write a 2-3 page, double-spaced essay articulating your academic and personal reasons for choosing both India and South India Term Abroad. Describe a significant intercultural experience, issue, or event and its impact upon you.

DIRECTED FIELD RESEARCH PROPOSAL: Independent, directed field research is a key component of South India Term Abroad. Your ability to propose an appropriate project with a single focus is an important factor in admission. A successful proposal aims to increase knowledge in a field of study that contributes to the host culture. Once on-site, you may develop or change your proposal based on additional knowledge of local realities and resources. The SITA Resident Director will approve and supervise your final project proposal and will help you identify local experts to assist you. The culmination of your directed field research is typically a 15-20 page paper and an oral presentation. Write a 1 page directed field research proposal that addresses the following questions: What focused question would you like to explore? What methods will you use to gather information from local sources? What previous coursework or experience has prepared you for this project?

3. Ask for two academic references.
Please allow your references plenty of time to write and mail their letters in order for them to reach the SITA office by the deadline. Your academic references will be stronger if you talk with them about why you’d like to study in India and with South India Term Abroad. Ask them to e-mail their letters to:

4. Mail one official transcript.
South India Term Abroad
PO Box 526143
Salt Lake City, UT 84152-6143 

5. Apply for a passport immediately.
If you are accepted, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the completion of the program. If yours will expire before this date, or if you do not have a passport, you should apply for a new one immediately. It can take 4-6 weeks to receive a new passport, so you may need to expedite your passport. 

6. Schedule an appointment with your health care provider immediately.
When you submit your application, you should schedule an appointment with your health care provider. If you are accepted, the medical report must be filled out by your physician and submitted with your confirmation materials. More importantly, you’ll need plenty of time to complete your vaccinations.



Once we have received all of your application materials, we will review your application. You may be contacted by the SITA Program to discuss your application or to request additional information. Offers of admission are generally made within 2-3 weeks of the application deadline. You will then have two weeks from the date of notification to reserve your space in the program by submitting the appropriate confirmation materials.  For more detailed information about the confirmation process and beyond, review the page for accepted students.


Scholarship Opportunities

There are many scholarships available for students planning to study abroad. Check with your home college study abroad office and search the web for sources. Below is a short list to get you started.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for up to $5000; applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant; next deadline: October 2, 2012.

Boren Scholarship for $10,000 (semester) or $20,000 (academic year); academic-year program applicants are preferred and applicants must agree to Federal Government service; next deadline: February 13, 2013 – please see your campus representative for your on-campus deadline.

The Global Studies Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad for $1000; next deadline: July 1st, 2012.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants for $1000; home college must have an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter and applicant must have at least a 3.5 GPA.

John Gyles Education Award for up to $3000; next deadline June 1st, 2013.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarships for $5000; next deadline: November 14th, 2012.