Study Abroad in Bhutan: Health and Safety
The safety of students is Naropa's first priority. During the pre-departure online orientation, as well as during the in-country orientation, students will receive information on safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country.
As part of off-campus study, it is important that students be proactive in taking care of their health and safety prior, during, and after their journey. When thinking about studying abroad, students should consider the potential emotional stress of off-campus study. This experience can be a very powerful and positive developmental time. However, the life changes associated with studying abroad can also be stressful and may potentially exacerbate existing physical and emotional conditions.
Students who are interested in learning more about traveling in Bhutan can visit the U.S. State Department's website at http://www.travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/bhutan.html
Students Abroad from the U.S. Travel Department is another helpful resource: http://studentsabroad.state.gov/
Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") Resources
Students with physical, mental or emotional conditions who may require accommodation to participate in the Bhutan Study Abroad program are encouraged to contact Naropa's Disability Resources ("DRC") well before the program application deadline. The DRC will assist by providing the student with a clear description of the physical and academic requirements of the program. The student will be asked to provide a clear description of the accommodations that the student believes will be necessary to meet the requirements of the program. The student may be asked to provide a release to speak with the student's healthcare provider so that the DRC can have a clear understanding of the student's needs. The DRC will determine the availability of those accommodations, or other reasonable accommodations, at the program location. In cases where no accommodation is possible, the DRC will notify the student. The student's acceptance into the Bhutan Study Abroad program is contingent upon the determination of the Dean of Students that reasonable accommodations are available for the student at RUB.
There is no equivalent Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") law in Bhutan. Features of RUB campuses, including dorms, may present challenges to some students. Steep staircases and uneven paths dominate the vast majority of campus buildings. Naropa's DRC and/or Naropa's Study Abroad Advisors can provide students, upon request, with additional information regarding the facilities and educational structure of RUB's campuses.