Program Details

Explore a corner of the Himalayas where few foreigners ever step foot. Experience Bhutan’s unique culture and diverse ecosystems and learn how the people of Bhutan are addressing the challenge of maintaining biodiversity and traditional rural lifestyles.
Location:
Paro, Bhutan
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

Explore a corner of the Himalayas where few foreigners ever step foot. Experience Bhutan’s unique culture and diverse ecosystems as you trek through remote villages and high mountain passes. Learn how Buddhist philosophy influences the country’s environmental policies and how the people of Bhutan are addressing the challenge of maintaining biodiversity and traditional rural lifestyles in a time of transition. Gain practical skills in field research and data collection and apply them to an extensive research project.

Program highlights:

  • Embark on a multi-day cultural trek to experience the natural beauty of Bhutan’s countryside and the traditional lifestyles of its people.
  • Visit monasteries and take part in unforgettable tshechus (festivals) to learn more about Buddhism and Bhutanese culture.
  • Explore Bhutan’s diverse range of biomes through trips to Himalayan ridges, the subtropical Punakha and Chukha Valleys, and the alpine meadows of Phobjikha.

SFS students live and study at the Center for Himalayan Environment and Development Studies. The Center is located at one end of the stunning Paro Valley, at the base of a towering ridgeline dotted with Buddhist monasteries. Campus is a small cluster of buildings designed in the traditional Bhutanese architectural style. A pleasant 15-minute walk brings you to the markets, shops, and cultural events of Paro Town.

Cost:
24950 USD. Includes room and board, activities, in-country transportation, and courses. Does not include airfare.

Additional Program Information

Requirements:
18 years of age, one college-level biology/ecology course or equivalent, 2.8 GPA
Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
SFS awards more than $650,000 in need-based financial aid each year. Aid packages are usually a combination of scholarships, grants, and loans. All students are eligible to apply for SFS need-based financial aid.

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