Naropa Study Abroad in Bhutan

The Naropa University Bhutan Study Abroad Program is a unique opportunity for international studies at the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB), nestled in the Himalayas, just beneath Tibet and to the east of Nepal. In this student travel program, open to all students currently enrolled at any U.S. university, you will spend a semester at RUB, in a Bhutanese culture immersion, experiencing the arts, spirituality, sustainable practices, mythology, education, happiness, and extraordinary landscapes similar to those in Nepal and Tibet.

An Unforgettable Experience

The vibrant union of this ancient Himalayan culture with Bhutan's modern global leadership in Gross National Happiness and commitment to environmentalism provides a fertile ground for international studies, and inspires creative research. As you engage in cross-cultural explorations, you'll be introduced to effective tools for intercultural work, including environmental studies, contemplative practices, deep listening, and holding complex realities. Through your international studies and student travel experience, you will gain your sense of leadership, finding a confident voice and understanding of your role as a global citizen.

As an RUB immersion student, you will dress in traditional Bhutanese clothing, live with Bhutanese students in campus dorms, eat in the cafeteria, and more, as you're immersed in a culture based on happiness and anchored in Buddhist traditions that originated in Tibetan Buddhism. The curriculum offers three required Naropa University courses and a choice of two RUB courses, for a total of 15 credits per semester. For Naropa students, these credits will apply toward your major or electives. Students from other U.S. universities should consult with their academic advisor to see how these credits will apply.

English is the language of instruction in most Tibetan and Bhutanese schools and universities. Following a three-week orientation training with Naropa faculty, you will spend the semester in residence at a selected RUB campus taking international studies courses and completing your NU courses, including your research project. Read "Circling Back to the Source" in the spring issue of Naropa Magazine as an example. 

Sunrise in Bhutan, nestled below Tibet, and east of Nepal.Be sure to check out Anne Parker's blog (Spring 2018 lead faculty in Bhutan). Stay tuned for the Spring 2019 blog. 


View Course Descriptions of Naropa courses, as well as courses offered at the Royal University of Bhutan.

Students admitted to Naropa's Bhutan Study Abroad program in the Himalayas will be expected to participate in a pre-departure online orientation program prior to departure. There are no costs nor grades associated with this online orientation, but participation is expected. 

View the Bhutan Study Abroad Student Handbook for more detailed information.

Dates for Spring 2020: Dates for Spring 2020: Exact dates TBD January, 2020 through June 2020.

Apply Online

For more information about the application process and to apply online, please visit the MyNaropa Bhutan Study Abroad Program page. Please contact Naropa's International Education Administrator Lexi Widman ( with any questions.

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