Naropa Study Abroad in Bhutan
The Naropa University Bhutan Study Abroad Program is a unique opportunity for international studies at the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB), nestled just beneath Tibet and to the east of Nepal. In this student travel program, open to all students currently enrolled at a U.S. university, you will spend a semester at RUB, fully immersed in Bhutanese culture, experiencing the arts, spirituality, sustainable practices, mythology, education, happiness, and extraordinary landscapes similar to those in Nepal and Tibet. The vibrant union of this ancient Himalayan culture with Bhutan's modern global leadership in Gross National Happiness provides a fertile ground for international studies, and inspires creative research. As you engage in cross-cultural explorations and encounter diverse views, you will be introduced to effective tools for intercultural work, including environmental studies, contemplative practices, deep listening, and holding complex realities. Through your international studies and student travel experience, you will gain your sense of leadership, finding a confident voice and understanding of your role as a global citizen.
As an RUB student, you will dress in traditional Bhutanese clothing, live with Bhutanese students in campus dorms, eat in the cafeteria, and more, as you're immersed in a culture based on happiness and anchored in Buddhist traditions that originated in Tibetan Buddhism. There are three required Naropa University courses and a choice of two RUB courses, for a total of 15 credits per semester. For Naropa students, these credits will apply toward your major or electives. Students from other U.S. universities should consult with their academic advisor to see how these credits will apply.
English is the language of instruction in most Tibetan and Bhutanese schools and universities. Following a three-week orientation training with Naropa faculty, you will spend the semester in residence at a selected RUB campus taking international studies courses and completing your NU courses, including your research project. Read "Circling Back to the Source" in the spring issue of Naropa Magazine as an example.
Be sure to check out Anne Parker's blog (Spring 2015 lead faculty in Bhutan).
View Course Descriptions of Naropa courses, as well as courses offered at the Royal University of Bhutan.
Students admitted to Naropa's Bhutan Study Abroad program will be expected to participate in a 4-week online orientation program during the fall semester prior to departure. There are no costs nor grades associated with this online orientation, but participation is expected.
Dates for Spring 2015 semester: January 18 - June 11
View the Bhutan Study Abroad Student Handbook for more detailed information.
For more information about the application process and to apply online, please visit the MyNaropa Bhutan Study Abroad Program page. Please contact Naropa's Study Abroad Administrator, Mari Dark (mdarkAT_naropa.edu) with any questions.