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  • Locations: Jakar, Bhutan; Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Restrictions: NC State applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English NC State Students Only: Yes
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Freshman, Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: 0 no minimum language requirement Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Non-NC State
Duration: Semester Click here for a definition of this term Provider: SFS
Program Description:

SFS BHUTAN: HIMALAYAN ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY IN TRANSITION (SEMESTER)

sfs bhutan


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

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.

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 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.

RESEARCH THEMES

  • Mountain ecology and conservation
  • Climate change
  • Gross National Happiness
  • Forest management
  • River ecosystems
  • Agriculture and urban migration
 

CORE SKILLS

  • 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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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
 


NC State Application Instructions
(Please read each step carefully)
  1. Submit an Application for SFS Bhutan
    • SFS will require that your NC State study abroad advisor approve your application. Please note than before they can approve your SFS application, you will need to have submitted your PackAbroad application and be in Accepted status.
  2. Complete an NC State application for SFS by clicking 'Apply Now' on this page.
    • Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of study abroad. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship, and check out other ideas for funding study abroad
  3. All transcripts should be sent to the NC State Study Abroad Office


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 08/15/2020 08/16/2020 08/31/2020 12/09/2020
Spring 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be notified of acceptance in 2 to 4 weeks.