Nepal Semester

Himalayan Studies

A 3-Month Gap Year Program

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Duration
83 Days
Description

Experience the mysticism of the Himalayas: trek above 16,000ft, study traditional arts with a local master, and sit for a 10-day Buddhist meditation retreat.

Spring Dates

Feb 7 - May 1, 2018


Spring Availability

one space

Fall Dates

Sep 15 - Dec 6, 2018


Fall Availability

open

Number of Participants

12


Suggested Ages

17-22

Spring Begins In

12 Weeks

Fall Begins In

43 Weeks

Land Cost

$14,900


Estimated Flight Cost

$1,975

Kathmandu

Langtang

Kanchenjunga

Darjeeling

Program Overview

The Himalayas. Since time immemorial, these colossal peaks with their vast web of rugged, isolated valleys and distinct ethnic groups have drawn only the most intrepid travelers from distant lands.


Through rural and urban home-stays, ten days in a Buddhist monastery, high mountain trekking, service learning, and independent study, Dragons’ Himalaya students explore this remarkable region and its people, encountering ancient spiritual traditions with deep roots in a mystical land.

Our Himalaya Semester is based in the Kathmandu Valley, an ancient crossroads and melting pot of Himalayan peoples. While living with host families and studying Nepali language, students meet with local scholars and activists and learn about Nepal’s history, politics and culture while pursuing a wide range of independent study and service learning projects.

The study of spiritual traditions is a central component of our Himalaya semester, introducing students to a range of concepts in Buddhism, Hinduism and Shamanism. From academic discourse to hands on study, students find areas of personal interest to explore in depth during our time in Kathmandu. Bronze casting, jewelry making, stone carving,…

Through rural and urban home-stays, ten days in a Buddhist monastery, high mountain trekking, service learning, and independent study, Dragons’ Himalaya students explore this remarkable region and its people, encountering ancient spiritual traditions with deep roots in a mystical land.

Our Himalaya Semester is based in the Kathmandu Valley, an ancient crossroads and melting pot of Himalayan peoples. While living with host families and studying Nepali language, students meet with local scholars and activists and learn about Nepal’s history, politics and culture while pursuing a wide range of independent study and service learning projects.

The study of spiritual traditions is a central component of our Himalaya semester, introducing students to a range of concepts in Buddhism, Hinduism and Shamanism. From academic discourse to hands on study, students find areas of personal interest to explore in depth during our time in Kathmandu. Bronze casting, jewelry making, stone carving, thangka (Buddhist iconography) painting, and music are just a few of the apprenticeship opportunities available. Students interested in traditional medicine can work with a Tibetan doctor, or with Ayurvedic practitioners or shamanic healers. Students critically reflect on their place in the world through exploring concepts of service, visiting grassroots projects, and participating in local farming activities.

From Kathmandu we hike into the foothills of the Himalaya to explore rural Nepali village life. We settle into a calmer pace of agrarian life, living without electricity and learning about subsistence living. We also venture high into the Himalayas for an unforgettable trek amid the earth’s tallest mountains. Hiking at elevations over 15,000 ft, we enjoy several weeks of active exploration through one of the most ruggedly beautiful and dramatic areas on earth.

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Student Profile

Student participating on the Nepal Gap Semester may choose to take courses for-credit. Two college-level courses are available for-credit, although students are not required to take any courses for-credit while participating on the Gap Semester program. Students who take courses for-credit will be invoiced an additional fee at a rate of $1,200 per course. Students who choose to take 1 (one) or more courses for-credit will receive a transcript from Dragons School of Record after successful completion of the program. To read more about the for-credit courses visit our FAQ Page.

Academics

Dragons has partnered with Naropa University, our School of Record, to offer interdisciplinary courses for-credit that extend from our Core Curriculum. Students can take 0-2 (zero to two) courses for-credit while participating on the Nepal Gap Semester program. Available for-credit courses on the Nepal semester include:

  • Independent Study Project (ISP) (ISP 325; 4 credits)
  • Nepali Language Study (NPL 150/250/350; 4 credits)

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Program Components

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Comparative Religion

Spend a week at a Tibetan monastery to learn about Buddhism and inquire deeply into Hinduism, Buddhism, and Shamanism.

5/5
Development Studies

Examine issues of health and education, human rights, environment and land use, globalization and poverty.

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Focus Of Inquiry

Explore topics of sacred spaces and spirituality, religious practices, examination of development, current events, language and cultural anthropology. See college accredited curriculum for details.

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Home Stay

Spend 4-6 weeks in home-stays in Kathmandu or Patan and participate in a short village home-stay in a Himalayan village.

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Independent Study Project (ISP)

Mentor with stone carvers and mask makers; Nepali cuisine, dance and vocals, women’s issues, comparative religion, ayurvedic medicine, stone carving and jewelry making.

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Language Study

Learn Nepali language through intensive daily classes and language immersion throughout.

3/5
Learning Service

Volunteer to assist village home-stays with farm work and the harvest and learn more about service through visits to NGOs and schools.

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Rugged Travel

Split time between the urban settings, and the rugged mountain landscapes.

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Trekking

Embark on a challenging trek through rugged parts of the Himalayas in remote wilderness areas.

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