A view of a temple across Tibet

Tibetan Medicine, Ayurveda, & Yoga - May Term

  1. Program Details

    This graduate-level program offers students the opportunity to study with expert practitioners in India and examine the claim that systematic practice of ancient healing traditions promotes optimal health.

    Location New Delhi, Dharamsala, India
    Term May Session
    Housing Hostel, Hotel
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Center for Spirituality and Healing

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5
    Student Type UofM Students, Non UofM Students
    Student Year Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Students
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About Tibetan Medicine, Ayurveda, & Yoga - May Term

    Tibetan Medicine, Ayurveda,& Yoga are interrelated, ancient, holistic Indian traditions that integrate ethics, spirituality, and healing. While studying with expert practitioners at the UMN and in India, students will examine the claim that the systematic practice of these traditions promotes healing and optimal health.

    Students fly from MSP to New Delhi, where they can visit the Taj Mahal in Agra. Study Tibetan Medicine at Men-Tsee-Khang in Dharamsala and visit monasteries, temples, and Tibetan Children's Village. During free time, go trekking in foothills of Himalayan Mountains and attend variety of Yoga options.

    Housing & Meals

    Students spend 5 days at New Delhi YWCA in air-conditioned double rooms with twin beds, private bathrooms, and breakfast provided. Students spend 14 days at Hotel Tibet in Dharamsala in rooms with twin beds, private bathroom with shower and Western toilet. Breakfast provided.

    Application Deadline

    February 3, 2020

    Program Dates

    May 18, 2020 - June 7, 2020


    CSPH 5318:
    Using critical thinking, students will investigate scientific evidence for Tibetan Medicine, Ayurveda, and Yoga and propose additional research needed. Students will synthesize the philosophical, psychological, and ethical teachings of these traditions with their experiential knowledge in order to meet the course objectives and their own needs personally and professionally.

    Program Leader

    Katie Schuver
    Tenzin Namdul


    Excursions include visits to a Sikh temple and sightseeing in New Delhi, the Taj Mahal in Agra, Men-Tsee-Khang in Dharamsala, Delek Hospital,Temples, McLeod Ganj, foothills of Himalayan Mountains, Tibetan Children's Village, Yoga at Universal Power Yoga in Dharamsala.

    Program Fee

    The $5,035 Program fee covers:

    • 4 credits (undergraduate for undergraduates; graduate for graduate students).
    • 60+ hours of instructional time.
    • Round-trip airfare between MSP and New Delhi.
    • International health insurance in India. 
    • Meals: breakfast every day and some other meals (listed on Schedule in India).
    • Group classes at the University of Minnesota and in India. 
    • Lodging in India: (Each room at the New Delhi YWCA and Hotel Tibet have twin beds, private bathroom with shower and Western toilet; students choose their own roommates.) 
    • Group ground transportation in India.
    • Group sightseeing in India.
    • Service tips and payment for Group activities.

    More Information

    Contact Dr. Katie Schuver or Erin Fider

    Through a combination of classroom-based activities and experiential learning, students will be able to:

    • Compare and contrast Tibetan Medicine, Ayurveda, and Yoga in India in terms of ethics, spirituality, and healing.
    • Examine the relationship between Indian traditional healing and Tibetan/Indian history, religion, and culture.
    • Explain principles and practices of Yoga in India.
    • Explain principles and practices of Ayurveda in India.
    • Describe characteristics, qualifications, and licensure of practitioners of Yoga and Ayurveda in India.
    • Evaluate research using Yoga and Ayurveda in India.
    • Compare and contrast Yoga and Ayurveda with Allopathic Medicine in India.
    • Compare and contrast Tibetan Medicine with Allopathic Medicine in India.
    • Explain principles and practices of Tibetan Medicine in India.
    • Describe characteristics, qualifications, and licensure of traditional Tibetan doctors in India.
    • Evaluate research using Tibetan Medicine in India.
    • Use critical thinking to integrate Tibetan Medicine, Ayurveda, and Yoga into personal and professional life.

    Prerequisite: CSPH 5315 – “Traditional Tibetan Medicine: Ethics, Spirituality & Healing.” This is a 2-credit course that is offered online. You can take 5315 Spring semester 2020 and be eligible for the 2020 India course.

  3. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term May Session 2020
    Program Name Tibetan Medicine, Ayurveda, & Yoga
    Track Name Tibetan Medicine, Ayurveda, & Yoga
    Country India


    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

    Non-University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program.

    Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.


    When you submit your online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:

    • First Step session
    • University of Minnesota Student Release and Waiver Form

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist.

    Next Steps

    1. You will receive an automated email message indicating your application was received.
    2. Follow the instructions on your application checklist to submit the Student Release and Waiver Form.
    3. Your application is not considered complete until the form has been received and you have completed the First Step module. Your completed application will be forwarded to the program leader in the sponsoring college/department for review.
    4. The program leader will notify the Learning Abroad Center of acceptance decisions. If accepted, you will be notified via email and assigned a confirmation checklist, which includes:
      • Health Information Form
      • Confirmation and Payment Agreement
      • Online Health & Safety Orientation
    5. Login to the online application to review the confirmation checklist and submit the required items.
    6. Once you submit all items, your participation will be confirmed and your student account will be billed for the program deposit.
    7. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application and submit a Cancel Request. You must also notify your program leader of your cancellation.