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Nepal

Diversity in the Himalayas - A Regional Seminar

A 4-Week Summer Abroad Program with Optional College Credit

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Duration
30 Days
Description

In the shadow of the Himalayas, explore the intersection of rich cultural heritage and deeply embedded religious traditions; learn about complex themes of urbanization, economic development, and nation building; experience an extended hometsay; and earn college credit.

Dates

Jul 10 - Aug 8, 2022


Suggested Ages

18-22

Group Size (4:1 Ratio)

12


Availability

Open

Begins In

24 Weeks

Tuition

$7,950


Tuition Details

Tuition is all inclusive aside from airfare and insurance fees.

Kathmandu

Bhaktapur

Program Overview

Investigate the diverse cultures and dramatic landscapes of Nepal.


In a land of deep traditions, this program explores the diversity of Nepal while delving into historical and cultural histories, current issues, and religious beliefs. Through lectures, discussion, homestays, environmental exploration, and community visits we learn about the communities of people that make up Nepal and the surrounding Tibeto-Himalayan region during this month-long program.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Engage with local experts to learn about social issues, particularly those which directly impact vulnerable populations in Nepal.
  • Visit a Tibetan monastery and gain insight into Buddhist philosophy and meditation practices.
  • Experience Nepali hospitality during a homestay, while also learning from your family about various perspectives on the region.

The backdrop for this program in Nepal is the medieval town of Patan, one of the three original kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley. Our time in this community of cobble-stoned…

In a land of deep traditions, this program explores the diversity of Nepal while delving into historical and cultural histories, current issues, and religious beliefs. Through lectures, discussion, homestays, environmental exploration, and community visits we learn about the communities of people that make up Nepal and the surrounding Tibeto-Himalayan region during this month-long program.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Engage with local experts to learn about social issues, particularly those which directly impact vulnerable populations in Nepal.
  • Visit a Tibetan monastery and gain insight into Buddhist philosophy and meditation practices.
  • Experience Nepali hospitality during a homestay, while also learning from your family about various perspectives on the region.

The backdrop for this program in Nepal is the medieval town of Patan, one of the three original kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley. Our time in this community of cobble-stoned streets and brightly adorned shops is characterized by exposure to local scholars.

Beyond the urban, our journey takes us to the surrounding hills where we explore the regional topics and traditions of a rural community nestled in the shade of the Himalayan peaks. While experiencing the slower pace of agrarian life, we work the land with local farmers and engage in conversations focused on development, sustainability and religious belief—all while witnessing the impact of modernization on a traditional village.

In wilderness areas of the Himalayas, we continue to explore the indigenous cultures that inhabit these extreme environs, guided by reflective tools received during a visit to a Buddhist meditation and education center.

During our four weeks of engagement with the people and communities we live with and travel through, we learn about multiple historical, cultural, social, ecological, and political perspectives of the region. Our experiential approach to this Regional Seminar allows us to learn deeply about and from the communities that are engaged in addressing issues surveyed over the summer.

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Eligibility

Students who participate on a Dragons summer program that offers optional college credit come from all different backgrounds, schools/universities/colleges, and areas of interest. Eligible participants should be 18 years or older and be interested in taking part in an experiential and intensive Regional Seminar learning program abroad.


Costs

Tuition and Fees

Type                        Tuition/Fee
Tuition $6,360
Room & Board                   $1,590
TOTAL $7,950
Tuition and Fees Include:

  • 4 credits and other educational costs
  • All program-organized travel and excursions
  • Pre-departure preparation and in-country orientation
  • All accommodations and meals (excluding personal travel)
  • Supplementary lectures and special events

Note: Tuition and fees are based on current circumstances and are subject to change.

Personal Expenses (Estimated)

Expenses that are not accounted for in tuition and fees may include flight costs, personal local transportation, immunizations, academic books and supplies (e.g. for ISP), some meals, visa, ISOS evacuation insurance, medical insurance and expenses, personal communication, personal gear for program, souvenirs, and other personal expenses. Included below are some estimated personal expenses. Some expenses are discretionary and vary based on individual student preferences.

Personal Expense       Type
$800 Transcript Fee (School of Record Transcript)**
$250 ISOS Evacuation Insurance*
$30 Academic Books and Supplies (Varies)
$2,120 Flight Cost (Varies)
$200 Personal Expenses (Varies)

*This expense will be included on your invoice and is not optional.

**This expense will be included on your invoice if you choose to receive college credit.


Instructors and Faculty of Record

This program is staffed by both instructors, one of whom serve as a Faculty Record. All share one similar quality: the desire to provide students with the most complete and exceptional educational experience possible.

Instructors are hired for their in-depth knowledge of a country’s customs and traditions. We strive to have a 4 to 1 student to instructor ratio in order to maintain an exceptional level of personal attention and mentorship. Our instructors challenge students academically and physically, draw them into an unsurpassed community of curious peers, and carefully guide participants through experiences that enliven and inform academic pursuits. One instructor is also selected to serve as a Faculty of Record. This instructor is responsible for overseeing the for-credit Regional Seminar course. Faculty of Record possess a rich blend of academic training, instructional experience, and field-based skills. Most of our faculty possess a PhD, or in some cases a MA combined with extensive experience – both practical and instructional. In addition, we also work with local experts such as experienced language teachers, Independent Study Project mentors, and local guest lecturers.

College Credit (Optional)

On this program in Nepal, all students participate in the learning associated with a Regional Seminar course. Participants can opt to receive credit for this learning. Those who choose to take the program for credit will receive 4 semester credits. In addition to work done in the classroom, this summer program is designed to provide students with the experiential opportunities to develop language, regional, and cultural knowledge.

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Dragons has partnered with Naropa University to offer courses for credit which focus on building important skills, fostering a concern for global issues, expanding self-awareness and gaining an understanding of pertinent issues in each program area. Our approach is both experiential and conventional, using local resources, expert guest lecturers, excursions, pertinent readings, multi-media, and immersion to provide an intimate, well-rounded and powerful learning experience.

  • Regional Seminar – Diversity in the Himalayas (ASIA/GLOS 330; 4 credits) 
    (Asian Studies 330 / Global Studies 330; 4 credits) This course explores the myriad communities of people and religious traditions that constitute Nepal and the surrounding Tibeto-Himalayan region, one of the most ethnically diverse of the world. Students begin their study in this course through an overview of the country’s geographic, historical, cultural, social, and political background. Using lectures, readings, and discussion, this course surveys social issues and vulnerable populations in Nepal related to development, environment, agriculture, public health, education, disaster recovery, human rights, religion, caste, ethnicity, gender, and others. Students also receive an extensive introduction to Hinduism and to Mahayana Buddhism, in particular to the Tibeto-Himalayan tradition. Opportunities are provided for students to engage local experts in discussion through guest lecturers and field trips. In addition, program travels in Nepal take students to communities which are engaged in addressing these issues, providing experiential learning opportunities. 

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Program Components

2/5
Trekking

Day-hikes or short treks exploring rugged parts of the Himalayas in remote wilderness areas

5/5
Ethical Travel

Dragons participants are travelers not tourists. We respect cultural norms by staying in family-owned accommodations and taking local transportation when possible. The most profound learning moments often arise in the spaces in between, and traveling alongside locals creates space for un-orchestrated moments of engagement.

5/5
Focus Of Inquiry

Explore the ethnicities and religious traditions of Nepal and the greater region. Engage in academic discussions on issues such as environment, public health, religious practices, the status of women, and caste.

4/5
Homestay

Participate in a 14-18 day homestay with a Nepali family.

2/5
Independent Study Project (ISP)

Typical ISP projects include Tibetan or Ayurvedic medicine, the yogic tradition, or an focus on the arts: jewelry, mask carving, traditional folk dance, sitar, or thanka painting.

2/5
Language Study

Study basic Nepali through formal instruction and local immersion.

2/5
Learning Service

Learn about the work of community organizations.

4/5
Religious & Spiritual Traditions

Visit a Tibetan monastery outside of Kathmandu to learn about Buddhism and inquire deeply into Hinduism, Buddhism, and Shamanism.

4/5
Social & Environmental Justice

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