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  • Locations: Paro, Bhutan
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring, Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 08/31/2019 08/31/2019 09/02/2019 12/11/2019
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 10/02/2019 01/27/2020 05/06/2020
Summer 2020 03/15/2020 03/16/2020 06/01/2020 07/01/2020
NOTE: Dates for summer are for the summer 1 session "Forests in the Land of the Thunder Dragon". Dates for the summer 2 session "Big Cats of the Himalayas: Tracking and Conservation" are July 6 through August 5, 2020. When starting an application, let the program coordinator in the Study Abroad Center know which program you are planning on participating in.
Fall 2020 08/15/2020 08/16/2020 08/31/2020 12/09/2020
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Humphrey, Nicole Housing Options: Dormitory
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.8 Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Sponsor: School for Field Studies Click here for a definition of this term ISU Course: INTED
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Direct
Program Description:

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

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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
  

SFS BHUTAN: FORESTS IN THE LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGON (SUMMER I)

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PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Term: Summer Session I
  • Credits: 4 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: No course prerequisites: 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions until April 2020
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans
 

OVERVIEW

Explore the rich culture, biodiversity, and dramatic mountain views of the Bhutanese Himalayas and learn how forests - which cover more than 70 percent of the landscape - are integral to the goals of Gross National Happiness. Spend four weeks surveying forests, visiting ancient shrines, and studying conservation and development in one of the most fascinating countries in the world.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT:
  • Trek across forested ridges and remote villages, camping out under the stars and learning about Bhutanese culture and ecosystems firsthand.
 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.

SUMMER COMBINED

Take back-to-back summer sessions and get the hands-on learning and skill-building experiences of an internship, while also going off the beaten path and exploring the world. Each summer session focuses on a different topic, and you’ll have time to travel independently between sessions. Receive a $1,000 discount on your second session.
 

SFS BHUTAN: BIG CATS OF THE HIMALAYAS: TRACKING AND CONSERVATION (SUMMER II)

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PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Term: Summer Session II
  • Credits: 4 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: No course prerequisites: 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions until May 2020
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans
 

OVERVIEW

Meet the feline icons of Bhutan, a country where widespread cultural and spiritual reverence for life has aided in wildlife conservation efforts. Using camera traps and radio telemetry, get a glimpse into the lives of Bhutan’s snow leopards, tigers, and other wild cats, and learn how adaptation and management strategies can ensure their survival in a changing world.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT:
  • 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.
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.

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