Bhutan is your classroom in this six-week program exploring culture, environmental issues, and rural livelihoods. Participate in SFS’ joint research with the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER) and the Bhutan Ecological Society (BES) on topics including biodiversity conservation, sustainable forestry, watershed management, and rural development. Trekking across valleys and ridges and through villages, students learn about culture, Buddhist philosophy, and environmental issues, and gain an intimate knowledge of the local ecosystems and rural livelihoods.
Center for Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Students attending this program will be based at the SFS Center for Himalayan Environment and Development Studies in Paro, Bhutan. Click here to find out more about the Center and life at the field station.
Week 1: Introductions, orientation to the capital of Thimpu, class begins
Week 2: Field lectures in landscape ecology, explore Buddhist sacred sites
Week 3: Classes in forestry management, livelihoods, and mountain environments, recreational trek
Week 4: Data collection days and analysis of research findings
Week 5: Data analysis, research writing and wrap-up, and presentations
Week 6: Trek to Tiger’s Nest (Takstsang) Monastery, closing activities
Itinerary subject to change.
A Note about Program Costs
Includes all pre-program advising services, room and board at the field station and on excursions, park entrance and research fees, program-related transportation, emergency evacuation insurance, and official transcript processing.
Does not include international airfare, international medical insurance, medical costs, and personal non-program related expenses.
SFS 3580 Eastern Himalayan Forests and Rural Livelihoods (6 credits)
is an interdisciplinary, field-based course where students get to know a country in a region that is recognized worldwide for its dramatic mountain landscapes and rich flora and fauna. We travel in Bhutan, learning about how environmental issues and rural development goals intersect. Trekking across valleys and ridges and through villages, students gain an intimate knowledge of the local environments and rural livelihoods. Students develop skills in assessing environmental problems, defining research questions, conducting field research, and communicating results. They gain an appreciation of the complexity of identifying and addressing conservation issues in a rapidly developing region.