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SFS-Bhutan: Big Cats of the Himalayas


Program Location Bumthang District, Bhutan
Sponsor School for Field Studies
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 35008
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2022 07/10/22 to 08/10/22

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources


Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Overview
SFS-Bhutan: Big Cats of the Himalayas

In Bhutan, a deep cultural and spiritual reverence for life has aided in the preservation of the country’s tigers, snow leopards, and other wild cats. Using camera traps and radio telemetry, study the conservation of these elusive creatures and learn how adaptation and management strategies can ensure their survival in a changing world.

  • Set up camera traps in and around the sacred landscape of Taktsang with some of Bhutan’s top biologists and capture images of endangered species such as the tiger and snow leopard.
  • Travel to the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National park to learn about tiger conservation. Setup camera traps and learn about the magnificent cat diversity of Bhutan’s forests.
For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:School for Field Studies.

Eligibility

SFS-Bhutan: Big Cats of the Himalayas

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.8 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

This academically rigorous program follows a six-day/week schedule. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to help students actively discover and understand the complexities of environmental, social, and economic issues in Bhutan.

In the Big Cats of the Himalayas: Tracking and Conservation program, you will take one 4-credit course. This course is participatory in nature and is designed to foster inquiry and active learning combining lectures, field exercises, assignments, and tests.

Major academic themes include:

  • Big cat conservation challenges and approaches
  • Population assessment and species distribution ranges
  • Ecology of Himalayan mountains and forests
  • Climate change and impacts on conservation
  • Influence of Buddhist philosophy on conservation

Excursions

Due to COVID-19, excursions are subject to change.

You will visit different ecosystems and communities which may include mountain ecosystems, subalpine conifer forests, alpine meadows, rural villages and small towns, subtropical broadleaf forests, high-altitude mountain passes, monasteries and sacred sites, and agricultural communities.

Housing

The Center is located at one end of the stunning Paro Valley, at the base of a towering ridgeline dotted with Buddhist monasteries. Campus is a small cluster of buildings designed in the traditional Bhutanese architectural style. A pleasant 10-minute walk brings you to the markets, shops, and cultural events of Paro Town.

  • Dorm living with 2-4 bunks per room
  • Classroom and dedicated student study spaces
  • Kitchen and dining hall, and on-site cooking staff
  • Student lounge and ping-pong tables
  • Verandas with scenic views of the valley
  • Hiking trails and local roads for running

Estimated Program Costs
Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

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 4 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 2022

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$4,950.00
Study Abroad Fee$609.40
Housing$2,150.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

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

Financial Aid

In order to qualify for financial aid (incl. loans), students need to register for at least six credits during the summer. Students needing to use Purdue financial aid in order to participate in this four-credit summer program will need to enroll in at least two more credits during the summer term at Purdue.

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 online 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

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.

Resources

The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.


For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email studyabroad@purdue.edu.

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