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General Requirements

The Bhutan Study Abroad program is for any undergraduate student currently enrolled in a U.S. university. Undergraduate students must meet the following criteria at the time of application:
  •  30 college credits completed or in-progress  (if you are a Naropa student, 12 of the 30 credits must be Naropa credits, either  completed or in progress);
  •  3.0 GPA;
  •  Be in good disciplinary standing (i.e. no disciplinary problems, not currently in the judiciary process, not on probation, etc.);

Additional forms for Admitted Students

Although these forms are not required to be completed until a student is admitted to the program, please note that accepted students will be required to submit the following documents:
Participation in this program is conditional upon the receipt of the documents by Naropa University.
 
Participation requirements prior to January departure
In addition to time in Bhutan, admitted students will be expected to participate in an online orientation prior to departure. This orientation will cover logistics of the study abroad, introduce the history and culture of Bhutan, and provide a discussion board for students to get to know their Bhutan cohort. A percentage of the grade for required course BSA325 Traditional Culture and Contemporary Issues of Bhutan is assigned based on completion of the online orientation.
 
During the semester prior to departure, there will be a voluntary meeting of the Bhutan cohort for students to get to know each other and ask questions about their upcoming study abroad experience. Attendance at this meeting is not mandatory but recommended for students from the Boulder area. There will be one, final pre-departure meeting in early December that is required of all Bhutan Study Abroad students. Members of the cohort who are not on campus will be able to participate via video conference.
 
Download a timeline and checklist of tasks and forms required for admitted students.
 
Deposit
Admitted students will need to pay a $500 non-refundable deposit within two weeks of acceptance to the program.
How many credits is this program worth?
Students will earn a total of 15 credits during the Bhutan Study Abroad program. 
 
Are these credits transferable to my home school?
All credits earned will be recorded on a transcript from Naropa University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
 
How do these credits apply to my degree?
Naropa Students:  Credits earned while studying in Bhutan may be applied as elective credits, core areas requirements or may count towards your major credits. Please check with your advisor for questions on specific courses.  
Visiting Students: Please check with your advisor to ensure how the credits will be applied toward your degree requirements.
 
Credits and Graduation (Naropa students only):

A maximum of 60 non-residential credits can be applied to an undergraduate degree at Naropa University.

Of the 15 credits required by the Bhutan Study Abroad program, 6 credits will be considered non-residential credits.

Students must consult with an academic advisor to determine eligibility to participate in the Bhutan Study Abroad Program without hindering the completion of major and/or core requirements in a timely manner.

What does it cost to study abroad in Bhutan?

Breakdown of costs: 

Naropa tuition for spring 2018: $15,810

Student fees for spring 2018: $3,625. Student fees cover:

  • Airfare from Bangkok, Thailand to Bhutan;
  • Travel insurance;
  • All housing and meals while in Bhutan (students staying in a self-catering hostel will be given a weekly stipend);
  • Most transportation within Bhutan;
  • Most educational materials.

Personal expenses not included in Naropa bill: 

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

 Deposit:

Admitted students must pay a $500 non-refundable deposit within two weeks of acceptance to the program in order to guarantee a spot in the program.

How does the student pay the bill?

Students will be charged full-time Naropa tuition plus the student 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 (work study does not apply to study abroad).  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.

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.

Are there scholarships?

Need-based scholarships may be available for the spring 2018 Bhutan Study Abroad program. To be considered for eligibility, Naropa students will need to submit a 2017-18 FAFSA (www.fafsa.gov). 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 finaid@naropa.edu.

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