College-Accredited Curriculum

Add a global perspective to your studies.

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Dragons Study Abroad works in partnership with Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Naropa University is a Buddhist-inspired liberal arts university that offers undergraduate and graduate programs based on an educational philosophy called contemplative education. This educational approach emphasizes an acute awareness of place and of self amidst a rigorous liberal arts curriculum. Naropa University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Dragons Study Abroad helps students build practical skills to navigate the world with greater self-awareness and inter-cultural fluency. Each semester program offers 4 college-accredited courses, allowing study abroad students to take their full course-load outside of a traditional classroom.

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.

Accredited Curriculum

Students may enroll in 1-4 academic courses per semester. Each course is worth 4 credits. Students who choose to enroll in all 4 courses will receive 16 college credits per semester. Each Dragons Study Abroad course is vetted by Naropa University’s Curriculum Committee. Dragons Study Abroad offers four interdisciplinary courses for academic credit:

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The Regional Seminar

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.

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Contemplative Intercultural Development & Leadership

Students develop effective cross-cultural leadership skills and explore the depths of their internal landscape in relationship to the outside world.

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Independent Study Project (ISP)

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.

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Language Study

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.

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