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.
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
||Additional Tuition Cost
||Fall 2018 Total Cost
||$3,600 (12 credits)
||$4,800 (16 credits)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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