Have the diverse cultures and dramatic landscapes of Nepal write the next chapter in your college education.
Over time Nepal has drawn the most intrepid of travelers, mountaineers, anthropologists, linguists, and spiritual aspirants. The Kathmandu Valley was once only accessible by those brave enough to cross the jungles in the south or the snowy passes of the Himalaya. In a land of deep traditions, this College Study Abroad program explores the diversity of Nepal while also delving into themes of social justice, development, and leadership in an intercultural context. Academic courses, as well as a deliberate skills progression throughout the semester, provide depth and breadth to this program.
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.
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.
- Visit a Tibetan monastery outside of Kathmandu to learn about Buddhism and inquire deeply into Hinduism, Buddhism, and Shamanism.
- Examine issues of health and education, human rights, environment and land use, globalization and poverty. Engage in academic discussions on issues such as environment, public health, religious practices, the status of women, and caste.
- Embark on a trek through rugged parts of the Himalayas in remote wilderness areas and a possible visit to Chitwan National Park in the south.
- Opportunity for independent study. Typical topics include regional environmental issues, Tibetan or Ayurvedic medicine, the yogic tradition, or the arts: jewelry, mask carving, traditional folk dance, sitar, or thanka painting.
- Spend 5 weeks in homestays in Patan and participate in a shorter village homestay in a Himalayan village or in the Terai lowlands in the south.