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Access Virtual Library Guide This interdisciplinary program balances an overview of traditional Tibetan culture, emphasizing history and Buddhism, with the analysis of some of the most pressing contemporary issues in exile, as well as in Tibet (or, alter
Location:
Kathmandu, Nepal
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
Examine Tibetan and Himalayan history and culture, Buddhism, and the pressing contemporary issues facing communities in exile, particularly in the case of Tibet. Through thematic lectures and field work, students explore issues of cultural preservation, religious revival, and sub-regional geopolitics and are challenged to consider the contemporary and historic linkages connecting different Himalayan communities. Questions of self-identification and recognition, as well as issues of diaspora, exile, and migration, are important topics for analysis in this program. From the program base in Nepal, students gain access to a rich array of academic resources throughout the Kathmandu Valley and beyond, learning from prominent Tibetan and Newar Buddhist scholars, as well as regional, ethnic (Sherpa and Tamang), and community experts.

Access Virtual Library Guide This interdisciplinary program balances an overview of traditional Tibetan culture, emphasizing history and Buddhism, with the analysis of some of the most pressing contemporary issues in exile, as well as in Tibet (or, alternatively, Ladakh). Students learn appropriate field methodology through the Field Study Seminar, ultimately leading toward their Independent Study Project. Language instruction provides students with basic understanding of Tibetan and a window into its history and culture.

Please inquire for costs: Fees include tuition, full room and board, all field trips and related fares, health and accident insurance, and other direct program expenses. Participants pay for international airfare and domestic travel to the point of departure from the USA.
Setting Description:
The Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples program examines the myriad factors—including historical, religious, economic, and political forces—that have shaped, and continue to shape, the diverse Himalayan communities inhabiting Nepal, northern India, and the Tibetan Autonomous Region in China. Particular emphasis is placed on societies of Tibetan/Himalayan Buddhist cultures.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
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