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  • Locations: Jakar, Bhutan
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Restrictions: UMass Amherst applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Advisor: Candice Snowden Fields of Study: Anthropology, Asian Studies, Biology, Earth Systems, Ecology, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Geography, Hospitality & Tourism Management, International Relations, Plant and Soil Sciences, Religion, Science, Sociology
Program Options: Independent Study, Undergraduate Research Key Word Search: Asian Studies, Culture Studies, Ecotourism, Experiential Learning, Interdisciplinary
Language(s) of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.8
Program Provider: SFS Program Type: Study Abroad
In Classes With: All US Students Minimum Class Standing: Freshman, Grad Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Housing: Residence Hall
Program Description:

BHUTAN SEMESTER: HIMALAYAN ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY IN TRANSITION


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 18 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


OVERVIEW

Spend a semester in a corner of the Himalayas where few foreigners ever step foot. Trek through remote villages and high mountain passes to experience Bhutan’s vibrant culture, Buddhist philosophy, and environmental issues firsthand. Learn about the challenges of maintaining biodiversity and traditional rural lifestyles in a time of transition. Develop skills in field research and data collection, and apply them to a research project on conservation and development issues in Bhutan.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Embark on a multi-day cultural trek to experience the natural beauty of Bhutan’s countryside and the traditional lifestyles of its people.
  • Visit monasteries and take part in unforgettable tsechus (festivals) to learn more about Buddhism and Bhutanese culture.
  • Explore Bhutan’s diverse range of biomes through trips to Himalayan ridges, the subtropical Punakha and Chukha Valleys, and the alpine meadows of Phobjikha.

THE FIELD STATION:
SFS students live and study at the Center for Himalayan Environment and Development Studies. 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.


RESEARCH THEMES

  • Mountain ecology and conservation
  • Climate change
  • River ecosystems
  • Forest management
  • Rural-urban migration
  • Agriculture and food security
 

FIELD SKILLS

  • Remote sensing and mapping
  • Species identification
  • Camera trapping and mist netting
  • Research design
  • Data collection
  • Scientific writing and presentation
 

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CONNECT WITH SFS

Visit the SFS website
Call the Admissions Hotline at 800.989.4418
Email admissions@fieldstudies.org
Read updates from the field on the SFS Blog
Follow SFS on Instagram and Facebook
Watch student videos on YouTube and Vimeo
 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 12/01/2018 ** Varies 01/28/2019 05/08/2019
Fall 2019 05/01/2019 ** Varies 09/02/2019 12/11/2019

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.