High in the Himalayas sits Bhutan, a small country defined by towering mountains, lush forests, and flowing rivers, and home to endemic species such as the snow leopard, tiger, golden langur, takin, and black-necked crane. As the country begins to modernize rapidly, the people of Bhutan are challenged to sustainably manage their wealth of natural resources in order to preserve biodiversity and secure their own economic futures.
|Term||Fall Semester, Spring Break, Summer Session|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||School for Field Studies|
|GPA||2.8 for semester, 2.6 for summer|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
Course descriptions and full syllabi are available on the program page of SFS' website.
Himalayan Environment and Society in Transition: Venture to the mountain kingdom of Bhutan, where change is on the horizon. Explore the challenges of protecting biodiversity and maintaining traditional rural lifestyles in this time of transition. Study conservation and environmental issues firsthand against the backdrop of vibrant culture and Buddhist philosophy.
You will enroll in five courses for a total of 18 credits:
Session I: Forests in the Land of the Thunder Dragon: Explore the rich culture, biodiversity, and dramatic mountain views of the Bhutanese Himalayas. Spend four weeks surveying forests, visiting ancient shrines, and studying issues of conservation and development in one of the most fascinating countries in the world. (SFS 3181: Himalayan Forests and Gross National Happiness, 4 credits)
Session II: Big Cats of the Himalayas: Tracking and Conservation: Using camera traps and radio telemetry, study the conservation of Bhutan's tigers, snow leopards, and other wild cats and learn how adaptation and management strategies can ensure their survival in a changing world. (SFS 3191: Tracking and Conservation of Big Cats in the Himalayas, 4 credits)
SFS grants admission to programs on a rolling basis as long as space is available, so there is no application deadline. You are welcome to apply for programs up to one year in advance of the program start date. Early submissions are strongly encouraged as some programs fill to capacity.
The in-person orientation takes place on a Friday afternoon towards the end of each semester for students departing in the upcoming term(s). You will receive specific details for the date/time/location of the in-person pre-departure orientation as it gets closer.
Find your Affiliate program fee
UofM students on SFS programs receive an automatic fee reduction of $3,000 for semester, $600 for summer sessions 6 or more weeks in length and/or sequential summer programs, and $300 for summer sessions 4 weeks in length. UofM students can also take advantage of SFS's financial aid, in the form of scholarships, grants, and zero- or low-interest loans.
Add International Health Insurance
Multiply the number of months you will be away by $45.
Subtract Affiliate Fee Reduction
Visit the Affiliate Program Fees to determine the fee reduction you receive for being a University of Minnesota student.
Based on these additional services and benefits, the total program fee may be higher than the affiliate's published program fee.
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||See the School For Field Studies website for term options|
|Program Name||School for Field Studies|
|Track Name||See the School for Field Studies website for track name|
Submit to School for Field Studies:
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toMolly Micheels or call at 612.624.3949.