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Academics for College Study Abroad Programs
Students on Dragons College Study Abroad Programs may enroll in 12-16 credits per semester. Each course is worth 4 semester credits and has been carefully reviewed and vetted by Naropa University’s Curriculum Committee. Each Dragons Study Abroad programs offer four interdisciplinary courses for academic credit. These courses are described below. To learn more about each courses at individual locations, please visit individual College Study Abroad program pages.
The Regional Seminar (ANTH 250; 4 credits)
This course provides students with a background in regional history and politics. Course topics include public health policy, resource management, economic development, law, gender rights, human rights, and popular culture.
Contemplative Intercultural Development & Leadership (ANTH 211; 4 credits)
Students develop effective cross-cultural leadership skills and explore the depths of their internal landscape in relationship to the outside world.
Independent Study Project (ISP) (ISP 325; 4 credits)
Each student conducts an in-depth study on a subject of his or her choice with the support of an academic advisor and local mentor. Students build key ethnographic research skills and practice working in cross-cultural partnerships.
Language Study (CHIN 150/250/350, HIND 150/250/350, NPL 150/250/350, and SPAN 150/250/350; 4 credits)
Depending on the program location, students can enroll in a Mandarin, Hindi, Nepalese, or Spanish language course. Students participate in daily language lessons customized to challenge their current level of fluency. Classes focus on increasing verbal competency, building vocabulary, and improving grammar. Local home-stays and ISP partnerships offer students ample opportunity to reinforce language acquisition.
How We Learn
Dragons is an experiential education company. We seek out new learning opportunities within the fabric of everyday life, stopping for chai with a sadhu on the ghats of Varanasi or practicing Mandarin on a train system in Beijing. By engaging closely with local communities, we begin to ask questions about new cultural traditions, governance systems, religious beliefs, and access to natural resources or human rights; we also ask reflective questions about who we are and how we’d like to live as members of a global community.
How We Travel
Dragons courses are rugged. We don’t book hotels and we don’t charter buses. As a Dragons student, you should expect to ride local transportation and expand your palette when your home-stay family serves something new. We believe in low-impact travel, and that means minimizing both our environmental impact and our cultural impact at every possible juncture.
How We Connect
We travel in small groups of 12 students and 3 faculty. This intimate group environment creates space for individual mentorship, both within the group and within the local community. Our faculty have an average of 4+ years of in-country experience, allowing them to draw on a mix of academic training, life experience, and field-based teaching skills to connect students with unique learning opportunities throughout the course.
Please call to speak with a member of our Admissions Team if you are interested in learning more about our Study Abroad curriculum. We would love to help you find the right way to extend your skill set beyond the classroom.