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SFS-Bhutan: Himalayan Studies

Program Location Bumthang District, Bhutan
Sponsor School for Field Studies
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 35008
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Summer 2019 06/01/19 to 07/11/19

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SFS-Bhutan: Himalayan Studies

Many eastern classics and books of wisdom have referred to Bhutan as the abode of the gods and home to immortals. Nestled in the remote and rugged mountains of the eastern Himalayas, the culture and the traditional lifestyle of Bhutan is still richly intact and permeates all strands of modern day secular life.

In Bhutan, progress is not purely defined by economic achievements as in most countries, but also based on the level of cultural and environmental preservation and development. In the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, people have developed rich cultural traditions and social and political institutions that reflect Buddhist principles of The Middle Path, integrating people and nature, traditional knowledge and Western science. Sustainable management of natural resources, including soil, water, species and minerals, is critical for this country whose economy is largely based on these resources.

This 6-week summer program will start in early June and end in mid-July and be a mix of classroom instruction, field study, and research.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:School for Field Studies.


SFS-Bhutan: Himalayan Studies

The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program.

There are no prerequisite, but exposure to principles and practices of ecology, environmental studies, anthropology, or rural development will be helpful to participants and is preferred by SFS. Due to the amount of required hiking at high altitudes, it is recommended that students are physically fit prior to departure.

Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.6 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Agriculture][College of Liberal Arts][College of Science]
Specifically from: BIOL (SCI)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Summer students take one six-credit course, Himalayan Forests, Watersheds, and Rural Livelihoods.

SFS is partnering with the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment, an international research and training facility in Bhutan. SFS students and faculty will help the Institute advance its research agenda in several priority areas, including community and private forest management, the role of non-timber forest products in rural livelihood, human-wildlife conflict in agricultural areas, and pollution of fields and waterways.

  • Multi-day expeditions to neighboring valleys, national parks, and along established eco-trails.
  • Day hikes and multi-day treks to 4000m.
  • Field visits to community forestry projects and agricultural areas.

Students will stay in an international research and training center in the former king's palace.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

SFS's program and housing fees include: tuition for six credits, accommodations, meals, and program related travel and excursions. On-site expenses should be minimal.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2019

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$6,180.00
Study Abroad Fee$609.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$2,700.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$2,500.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid
SFS offers many scholarships and/or 0% interest loans (no FAFSA form required). Please see the SFS website for more details.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information
SFS-Bhutan: Himalayan Studies

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


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