Study Abroad in Bhutan: Costs

Breakdown of costs

Naropa tuition for spring 2021: $17,200
Bhutan Study Abroad fees for spring 2021: $3850

Student fees cover:

  • Airfare from Bangkok to Bhutan and then the return flight from Bhutan to Bangkok; 
  • Travel insurance;
  • All housing and meals while in Bhutan (students are given a montly food stipend);
  • Most transportation within Bhutan;
  • Most educational materials.
  • Costs associated with the in country orientation during the first weeks of arrival (food, transport, housing, etc.)

Personal expenses not included in Naropa bill: 

  • Cost of airfare from the United States to Bangkok;
  • Passport fee (and costs incurred obtaining this document);
  • Snacks;
  • Books;
  • Immunizations;
  • Health insurance (students will be required to show proof of domestic health insurance prior to departure);
  • Personal expenses.


Admitted students will be asked to pay a $500 nonrefundable deposit to secure a spot in this program.

How to pay the bill?

Students will be charged full-time Naropa tuition plus the Bhutan Study Abroad fee. Both will appear on the student bill and be paid directly to Naropa. Naropa students may use institutional aid such as grants and scholarships, as well as state and federal financial aid.

Visiting students should check with the financial aid office at their home institution to see what aid may apply to Naropa's Bhutan study abroad program.

Special note to Naropa students: It is your responsibility to meet with Student Affairs for a bus pass and/or health insurance waiver. If you do not do this you will be charged for a bus pass and student health insurance.


Need-based scholarships may be available for the spring 2019 Bhutan Study Abroad program. To be considered for eligibility, Naropa students will need to submit a 2018-19 FAFSA ( Non-Naropa students will need to add Naropa (Naropa’s title IV code is 014652) to the FAFSA and submit a copy of your home school’s award letter to Naropa’s Study Abroad Administrator.  Students who wish to be considered for this need-based scholarship should send an email of request to

To learn more about general study abroad scholarships available, please visit the study abroad scholarship page.

Drops and withdrawals

Students can drop the Bhutan Study Abroad program for a full refund of tuition until December 1. Student fees will not be refunded. After December 1, students can withdraw themselves from courses until February 1 but no refund of tuition or course fees will be given.