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The SFS Center for Himalayan Environment and Development Studies


High in the Himalayas sits Bhutan, a small country defined by towering mountains, lush forests, and flowing rivers. Bhutan is home to endemic species like the snow leopard, tiger, golden langur, takin, and black-necked crane. The country’s unique and well-known philosophy of Gross National Happiness integrates governance with rich cultural traditions, Buddhist principles, and environmental conservation. As the country begins to modernize rapidly, the people of Bhutan are challenged to...

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The SFS Center for Conservation and Development Studies


Learn about the complexity of Cambodia’s struggle to balance biodiversity conservation and development; explore a variety of regional development and conservation challenges and community-based solutions during travel across rural and urban Cambodia.

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Himalayan Environment and Society in Transition


Spend a semester in a corner of the Himalayas where few foreigners ever step foot. Trek through remote villages and high mountain passes to experience Bhutan’s vibrant culture, Buddhist philosophy, and environmental issues firsthand. Learn about the challenges of maintaining biodiversity and traditional rural lifestyles in a time of transition. Develop skills in field research and data collection, and apply them to a research project on conservation and development issues... Learn More

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Spring 2020

Jan 27 - May 8

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Fall 2020

Aug 31 - Dec 11

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Forests in the Land of the Thunder Dragon


Explore the rich culture, biodiversity, and dramatic mountain views of the Bhutanese Himalayas and learn how forests are integral to achieving the goals of Gross National Happiness. Spend four weeks surveying forests – which cover more than 70% of the landscape, visiting ancient shrines, and studying issues of conservation and development in one of the most fascinating countries in the world. Learn More

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Summer 2020

Jun 1 - Jul 1

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Big Cats of the Himalayas: Tracking and Conservation


In Bhutan, a deep cultural and spiritual reverence for life has aided in the preservation of the country’s tigers, snow leopards, and other wild cats. Using camera traps and radio telemetry, study the conservation of these elusive creatures and learn how adaptation and management strategies can ensure their survival in a changing world. Learn More

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Summer 2020

Jul 6 - Aug 5

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Climate Change, Ethics, and Conservation


Spend the semester exploring Cambodia’s diverse ecosystems – from the great Tonle Sap Lake to the Gulf of Thailand. You’ll visit the ancient Angkor temples, study threats to biodiversity, learn about environmental justice and policy, and discuss traditional medicines with iIndigenous communities. Embark on a country-wide expedition, spending time in an elephant sanctuary in Mondulkiri, the mountain and coastal ecosystems of Kampot, and conservation sites along the Mekong River. Learn More

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Spring 2020

Jan 27 - May 8

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Fall 2020

Aug 31 - Dec 11

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Elephants of the Cambodian Highlands


Spend your summer in the lush Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, studying the behavior and ecology of the endangered Asian elephant. Examine human-wildlife conflict and conservation pressures and discuss elephant welfare and management practices. Visit the vibrant city of Phnom Penh and the ancient temples of Angkor to explore the history and culture of Cambodia. Learn More

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Summer 2020

Jun 1 - Jul 1

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