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Bhutan: Eastern Himalayan Forests & Rural Livelihoods (SFS) - Summer
Bumthang District, Bhutan
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Restrictions: Elon applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
 Class Eligibility:
1-Sophomore and Above
 Minimum GPA:
3.0
 Language Prerequisite:
None
 Language(s) of Instruction:
All courses in English
 Course Prerequisite(s):
None
 Housing Options:
Rustic (Camp, Hut, etc)
 Program Type:
Affiliate
 Internship Option:
No
 Volunteer/Service Opportunities:
No
 Max Credits To Receive/Transfer:
04
 Program Capacity:
Limited
 Program Advisor/Manager:
Janelle Papay
 Course #/Placeholder:
BHU 301 IS
Program Description:

 

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About the Location 

Bhutan is nestled in the remote and rugged eastern Himalayan region, an area characterized by extensive and numerous mountains and valleys, the world’s highest peaks, and a diversity of vegetation types and unique animal species. The country has also been identified as one of the top-10 biodiversity hot spots in the world. Bhutan is home to an estimated 770 species of birds and an astonishing variety of medicinal plants and orchids. Takin, snow leopards, golden langurs, blue sheep, tigers, water buffalo, and elephants are among Bhutan’s diverse wildlife. Traveling across Bhutan, students will learn about Bhutanese culture, environmental issues, and rural development.  Check out the SFS site for more information.


Academics 

The School for Field Studies (SFS) Himalayan Forests, Watersheds, and Rural Livelihoods summer program introduces students to Bhutanese culture, society, and environment. Traveling and trekking across valleys and ridges and through villages, students will gain an intimate knowledge of the diverse ecosystems and rural livelihood strategies, and conduct research on Bhutan’s priority environmental concerns and resource management and biodiversity conservation strategies.

To see course listings for this program, visit the program website.
Course offered: Eastern Himalayan Forests and Rural Livelihoods.

Things to note about taking courses abroad:

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
  • Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available through the GEC website (Elon password required).
  • Students planning to study abroad on this program must fill out the Course Request Packet and meet with the Associate Registrar to know how the courses will count toward their degree.

General Program Dates

Summer – early June to mid-July


Cost

Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon summer programs through the GEC.   For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad webpage.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

School for Field Studies (SFS) awards scholarships for students on their programs.  For more information on SFS funding, visit the SFS website.


Housing 

Students live in a field station in a small, local community.  Students share living quarters and have access to a kitchen/dining area, library, computer room, and classrooms.


Additional Eligibility Notes

There is no course prerequisite for this program; however, it is preferred that students have exposure to principles and practices of ecology, environmental studies, anthropology, or rural development.  


Applications

Students must complete the online Elon University Study Abroad Application by the published deadline.  See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.  Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by the School for Field Studies.

Note: This program has limited capacity. Applications for a given term will no longer be accepted once capacity has been reached.


Orientations

A successful semester and summer abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.  Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad.  These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety.  Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program.  Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

Click here for the summer and semester programs pre-departure orientation schedule.

Additional Information and Links

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Global Study Ambassadors (GSAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current GSAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!
 

Temple Bhutan

 



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 02/21/2014 
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Rolling Admission TBA TBA
 NOTE: The start dates and end dates listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status in a timely fashion.

Indicates that deadline has passed
 
This program is currently not accepting applications.