Flags over Bhutan

Bhutan Study Abroad Program

Nestled in the Himalayas, just beneath Tibet and east of Nepal, lies the Royal University of Bhutan - and the heart of Naropa University's Bhutan Study Abroad Program. Spend a semester immersed in Bhutanese culture, experiencing the arts, spirituality, sustainable practices, mythology, education, happiness, and extraordinary landscapes of this incredible country.

Due to COVID-19 We will not run a Spring 2021 Program. stay tuned for Spring 2022 information.

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 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 a Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) immersion student, you will dress in traditional Bhutanese clothing and live with Bhutanese students in campus dorms as you dive into a culture based on happiness and anchored in Buddhist traditions. The curriculum offers three Naropa University courses and a choice of two RUB courses, for a total of 15 credits. For Naropa students, these credits will apply toward your major or electives. Students from other U.S. universities may 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.  

Sunrise in Bhutan, nestled below Tibet, and east of Nepal.Check out the Spring 2019 blog to get an inside glimpse into the journey and life in Bhutan. 


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.

Health & Safety

The safety of students is Naropa's first priority. During the pre-departure online and in person orientations, 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 for specific country information. Students Abroad from the U.S. Travel Department is another helpful resource. Information on vaccinations and other health related precautions can be found on the Center for Disease Control website.