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, high mountain trekking, service learning, and independent study, Dragons’ Himalaya students explore this remarkable region and its people, encountering ancient spiritual traditions with deep roots in a mystical land.
Our Himalaya Semester 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 with local scholars and activists and learn about Nepal’s history, politics and culture while pursuing a wide range of independent study and service learning projects.
Student participating on select Dragons' Gap Year semester programs (Nepal, South America, China, and India) may choose to take courses for-credit. Four different college-level courses are available for credit and students may choose to take 0-4 (zero to four) courses for-credit while participating on the Gap Year semester program. Students who choose to take 1 (one) or more courses for-credit will receive a transcript from Dragons’ School of Record after successful completion of the program.
We offer comprehensive, personal home visits so that we can answer your questions in person. One of our expert staff members will present on our program options and share stories from their own formative Where There Be Dragons program. To request a home visit in less than 2 minutes, fill out this form.