Study Abroad Nepal

Himalayan Studies

A 3-Month Study Abroad Program

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Duration
83 Days
Description

Experience the mysticism of the Himalayas: trek above 16,000 feet, 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

open

Fall Dates

Sep 15 - Dec 6, 2017


Fall Availability

five spaces

Number of Participants

12


Suggested Ages

College students

Spring Begins In

46 Weeks

Fall Begins In

25 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, and high mountain trekking Dragons’ Study Abroad students in Nepal explore this remarkable region and its people, encountering ancient spiritual traditions with deep roots in a mystical land.
Our Nepal study abroad 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 for lectures and discussions every day with local scholars and activists and learn about Nepal’s history, politics and culture. In addition to our time in the classroom, students pursue independent study and service learning projects.
The study of spiritual traditions is a central component of our Nepal study abroad 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….

Through rural and urban home-stays, ten days in a Buddhist monastery, and high mountain trekking Dragons’ Study Abroad students in Nepal explore this remarkable region and its people, encountering ancient spiritual traditions with deep roots in a mystical land.
Our Nepal study abroad 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 for lectures and discussions every day with local scholars and activists and learn about Nepal’s history, politics and culture. In addition to our time in the classroom, students pursue independent study and service learning projects.
The study of spiritual traditions is a central component of our Nepal study abroad 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, Ayurvedic practitioners, or shamanic healers. For those interested in community service projects, teaching English, volunteering in local orphanages, and participating in environmental awareness and HIV/AIDS education programs are just a few of the volunteer opportunities available.
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

Naropa University LogoStudents on this program come from all different backgrounds, universities and areas of interest. You do not have to be currently enrolled in Naropa University to apply. If you are interested in taking our courses for credit, and you know that your university supports your participation in our program, please sign-up. For more information about transferring credits to your university please see our Frequently Asked Questions.


Accreditation Costs

There are 4 course options for credit. Each course is worth 4 credits. The cost per course is $1,200 in addition to the Dragons’ program price. Therefore a student wanting to participate for the maximum amount of course credit will receive 16 college credits and pay $4,800 in addition to the program cost.


Faculty

Members of Dragons’ Faculty possess a rich blend of academic training, unique life experience, and field-based teaching skills. Whether working for local and transnational NGOs, conducting primary field research in remote communities, or founding their own organization abroad, all share one similar quality: the desire to provide students with the most complete and exceptional educational experience possible. With a 4 to 1 student to faculty ratio, no other college semester abroad approaches the level of personal attention and mentorship available on a Dragons program. Our Faculty will challenge you academically and physically, draw you into an unsurpassed community of curious peers, and carefully guide you through transformative experiences that enliven and inform your academic career at your home institution. Please take the time to review our Faculty bios listed below.

College-Accredited Curriculum

This program is a college-accredited version of the Nepal Gap Year Semester. On these programs, we often have both accredited and non-accredited students. Much of the curriculum is the same. Accredited students will spend more time in class and working on formal assignments, whereas non-accredited students may have more time for other independent study and personal exploration of Kathmandu.

Dragons has partnered with Naropa University to offer four interdisciplinary courses for credit that extend from our Core Curriculum. The college accredited courses we offer 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.

The course options are:

  • Regional Seminar – Diversity in the Himalayas – This course presents an overview of one of the most ethnically diverse regions of the world. Social inequality is looked at from the perspective of the environment, public health, education, human rights, caste, history and the status of women. Students are provided with an extensive introduction to Hinduism and to Mahayana Buddhism, in particular to the Tibetan tradition. They are also briefly introduced to the tradition of Shamanism.
  • Contemplative Intercultural Development and Leadership – Students examine global citizenship, meet with heads of organizations, develop effective leadership skills in intercultural communication and explore the depths of their internal landscape in relationship to the outside world.
  • Independent Study Project – This course offers each student the opportunity to conduct in-depth study on a subject of his or her choice. An ISP may involve either an academic focus of inquiry or learning a skill through apprenticeship. Typical ISP projects include: research on environmental issues facing Kathmandu valley, Tibetan or Ayurvedic medicine, the yogic tradition, or an intensive focus on the arts: jewelry making, mask carving, traditional folk dance, sitar, for example.
  • Nepali Language Study – This course is designed to provide a foundation in conversational Nepali for students with no previous knowledge of the language. Daily language classes with a Nepali instructor ensure that students have the language skills needed to engage more deeply with the communities in which they are living and learning.
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Program Components

5/5
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.

5/5
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.

5/5
Home Stay

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

5/5
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.

4/5
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 NGO's and schools.

5/5
Rugged Travel

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

5/5
Trekking

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

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