SFS BHUTAN: HIMALAYAN ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY IN TRANSITION (SEMESTER)
- 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
Explore a corner of the Himalayas where few foreigners ever step foot. Experience Bhutan’s unique culture and diverse ecosystems as you trek through remote villages and high mountain passes. Learn how Buddhist philosophy influences the country’s environmental policies and how the people of Bhutan are addressing the challenge of maintaining biodiversity and traditional rural lifestyles in a time of transition. Gain practical skills in field research and data collection and apply them to an extensive research project.
- 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 tshechus (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.
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 15-minute walk brings you to the markets, shops, and cultural events of Paro Town.
- Mountain ecology and conservation
- Climate change
- Gross National Happiness
- Forest management
- River ecosystems
- Agriculture and urban migration
- GIS and mapping
- Species identification
- Camera trapping and mist-netting
- Biodiversity surveys
- Research design and implementation
- Data collection and analysis
- Research presentation
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