Study Abroad Nepal

Himalayan Studies

A 3-Month College 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

closed

Fall Dates

Sep 15 - Dec 6, 2017


Fall Availability

three spaces

Number of Participants

12


Suggested Ages

College students

Spring Begins In

42 Weeks

Fall Begins In

21 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’ College 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 College Study Abroad Program 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…

Through rural and urban home-stays, ten days in a Buddhist monastery, and high mountain trekking Dragons’ College 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 College Study Abroad Program 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

 

Students who participate on a Dragons’ Study Abroad Program come from all different backgrounds, universities/colleges, and areas of interest. Eligible participants should have completed at least one semester of post-secondary study, be 18 years or older, have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale), and be interested in taking part in an experiential semester abroad.  For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions.


Costs

Students on can take 12-16 credits during the semester abroad. After successful completion of the program, a transcript from Dragons’ School of Record (Naropa University; Boulder CO) is issued to students. The program cost varies based on the number of credits students choose to enroll in during the term. The tuition and fees listed below are inclusive of land cost and tuition costs.

Tuition and Fees

Land Cost Additional Tuition Cost Fall 2018 Total Cost
$14,900 $3,600 (12 credits) $18,500
$14,900 $4,800 (16 credits) $19,700


Tuition and fees include the following:

  • 12-16 credits and transcript from Dragons’ School of Record
  • All program-organized travel and excursions
  • Pre-departure preparation and in-country orientation
  • All accommodations and most meals
  • Supplementary lectures and special events

Note: Tuition and fees are made based on current circumstances in the host country but are subject to change.

Personal Expenses (Estimated)

Some expenses are discretionary and vary based on individual student preferences. Expenses that are not accounted for in tuition and fees may include flight costs (estimated at $1,975), medical insurance through International SOS for the program duration, personal local transportation, immunizations, academic and Independent Study Project supplies, some meals, visa, medical insurance and expenses, and other personal expenses.

Scholarships

Dragons is committed to making College Study Abroad programs financially accessible through the offering of scholarships. For more information on scholarships, please visit our Scholarships page.


Faculty

Dragons’ Faculty possess a rich blend of extensive 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 study abroad program approaches the level of personal attention and mentorship available on a Dragons program. Our Faculty 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.

College-Accredited Curriculum

This program is currently offered during fall semesters only. On this College Study Abroad program in Nepal, students have the opportunity to enroll in 12-16 semester credits. This program offers four college-level courses (4 credits each). In addition to work done in the classroom, Dragons’ College Study Abroad semesters are designed to provide students with the experiential opportunities to develop language competence, regional knowledge, intercultural leadership abilities, and research skills.Naropa University Logo

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

Course options include:

  • Regional Seminar – Diversity in the Himalayas (ANTH 250; 4 credits) – This course presents an overview of one of the most ethnically diverse regions of the world. Through selected academic readings, guest lectures, field trips, research method assignments, a village ethnography study, classroom discussions and a service project, students explore the myriad ethnicities and religious traditions that constitute the region and the development issues that they face. 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.
  • Contemplative Intercultural Development and Leadership (ANTH 211; 4 credits) – The process of understanding self in relation to others in our globalized world is essential in the 21st century. The purpose of this course is to carefully examine who we are through the experience of living, learning and engaging in an international context. Students examine global citizenship, develop, examine global citizenship, develop effective leadership skills in intercultural communication and explore the depths of their internal landscape in relationship to the outside world.
  • Independent Study Project (ISP 325; 4 credits)– 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 (NPL 150; 4 credits)– 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. With a principal focus on conversational Nepali and practical language skills, the language lessons presented throughout the semester also include grammar, vocabulary development, and the history of the language. Students also gain a basic understanding and utility of the Nepali script (Devanagari script).

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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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