Dragon dancer in Bhutan

Study Abroad & International Education Opportunities

"Often I feel I go to some distant region of the world to be reminded of who I really am. There is no mystery about why this should be so. Stripped of your ordinary surroundings, your friends, your daily routines, your refrigerator full of food, your closet full of clothes—with all of this taken away, you are forced into direct experience. Such direct experience inevitably makes you aware of who it is that is having the experience. It is not always comfortable, but it is always invigorating." – Michael Crichton, "Travels" 

Naropa University values active engagement in a global context. We want our graduates to understand the differences and interdependencies that characterize our world. Study abroad is a powerful tool to expand students' worldviews and enliven the educational experience. Most students who go abroad usually report meaningful shifts in connection to self and others, as well as a heightened sense of commitment to improving global inequities.

At Naropa University, there are different options for studying abroad. Students may choose one of the Naropa-sponsored programs, the Bhutan Study Abroad program or Where There Be Dragons, or students may choose to study with the School for International Training (SIT). Pending approval from Naropa’s study abroad administrator, students also have the option to find a study abroad program of their choosing. Limitations to financial aid and transferability of credit may apply.

Naropa students are eligible to study abroad starting in their second semester at Naropa. Students wishing to study abroad should meet with Naropa’s study abroad administrator to discuss the various options for studying abroad. Students attending a program other than the Bhutan Study Abroad program or Where There Be Dragons will need to fill out consortium paperwork and obtain approval from the study abroad administrator and academic advisor.