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What are the Steps for the Bhutan Study Abroad Program?

  1. Make sure this program is right for you. Visit Bhutan Study Abroad to learn more.
  2. Meet with your academic advisor to review program requirements and how the credits will fit into your educational program.  Let your advisor know which courses you will take. Within Naropa University, credits may count as elective credit, may fulfill core area requirements, or may be applied to your major.
  3. Meet with your Financial Aid Counselor to review what costs will be covered by your financial aid package. For Naropa students, all federal and state financial aid, plus any Naropa scholarships, can be applied toward the Bhutan Study Abroad program.
  4. Make a careful analysis of your budget and costs that you will incur that fall outside the set program fee.
  5. Students seeking accommodations in order to participate in this program are encouraged to meet with the Naropa Disabilities Resource Coordinator.

At the time of application, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable $50.00 application fee. You will have the option to submit this application without paying the fee but your application will not be reviewed until the application fee is received.

After acceptance, a non-refundable $500 program deposit is due to Naropa University within two weeks of acceptance into the program.

Applications will be accepted until October 1st or until all spots are filled - whichever is first.  Students are encouraged to apply early.

If you are current Naropa student, please log into MyNaropa and click on the Bhutan Study Abroad Student Application. 

If you are not currently a Naropa student, please apply using the Visiting Student Bhutan Study Abroad Application.

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General Application Instructions

Deadlines:

The Bhutan Study Abroad program takes place in the spring semester. Applications will be accepted until all spots are filled or October 1st - whichever is first. Students are encouraged to apply early.

Application Requirements:

Complete all sections of the online application in its entirety. Sections include: personal data, a statement of interest, and short answer questions.

You are also required to submit the following: a copy of transcripts for any college or university attended within the past 5 years, two faculty recommendation forms, an academic advising form, and a disciplinary disclosure form if applicable.

The non-refundable application fee is $50.00. At the end of this online application, you will be asked to pay online with a credit card (Mastercard or Visa). Applications will not be reviewed until application fee is received.

Documents and Expectations After Acceptance:

If you are accepted into the Bhutan Study Abroad Program you will be required to submit proof of health insurance, as well as the following documents: Health Survey and Disclosure and the Agreement and Release for Participation in International Education Program.  Because we recommend that you familiarize yourself with these documents prior to applying, they are available for your review. However, please DO NOT submit them until after you have been accepted into the program. 

In addition to time in Bhutan, admitted students will be expected to participate in self-paced 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 a required course, BSA325 Traditional Culture and Contemporary Issues of Bhutan, will depend on completion of this online orientation.

Additionally, 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 a mandatory pre-departure meeting in early December that all students are required to attend. Students not in the Boulder-area can attend via video conference.

By submitting this application electronically, you attest that the materials written and submitted on this application are your own and are, to the best of your knowledge, truthful and accurate. By submitting your application, you understand that falsification of documents could be grounds for dismissal from Naropa University.  
 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Study Abroad Administrator, Mari Dark, at mdark@naropa.edu
     
To Apply: 

If you are current Naropa student, please log into MyNaropa and click on the Bhutan Study Abroad Application for Naropa Students. 

If you are not currently a Naropa student, please apply using the Bhutan Study Abroad (Non Naropa) Application.

Before beginning the actual application, be sure to prepare all of the documents that will be required for you to successfully submit your application. Applications submitted without all proper documentation will not be reviewed.

In addition to a short essay and short answer questions, you will need to upload two letters of recommendation and an advising form. Please read the following to fully prepare your application before beginning the application process. 

This application requires that you:

1)      Provide the names and contact information for your parents;

2)      Provide contact information for any emergency contacts other than your parents;

3)      Upload a 2-3 page statement of interest which includes:

             * Your reasons for wanting to study in Bhutan

             * How you see this program becoming part of your personal, academic, and professional development

             * Any experiences you have had that you believe prepare you for this experience

4)      Provide short answers to the following questions:

          ** Have you ever traveled abroad or experienced diverse cultures within the United States?  If so, where and for how long? What did you learn about being with people from a culture different than your own?

          ** Name ways in which you resource yourself when you are going through personal difficulty or challenge?

          ** Please list any academic or other formal experience (volunteer work, internship, etc.) that have prepared you for the program in Bhutan?

          ** Please share an example of a time when you were pushed out of your comfort zone and how you dealt with it.

          ** Have you ever lived in a communal situation? Describe what is was like and what the challenges were for you. If you have not had such an experience, please write what you think it might be like and what the challenges would be for you specifically?

          ** Describe any contemplative practice you may have and how long you have been practicing. How does your practice informs your relationship with yourself? How does inform your relationship with others?

          ** It is said that one of the keys to intercultural communications is to understand what is being communicated but not spoken. What is your understanding and/or experience with this?

5)      Explanation of any disciplinary violations at an educational institution, if applicable;

6)      Explanation of any retraining order, misdemeanor or felony, if applicable;

7)      Provide two recommendation letters provided for you by faculty or mentors. Download a version of the form to print and have your faculty complete: Faculty Recommendation Form;

8)      Submit a copy of transcripts for any college or university attended in the last 5 years;

9)      Provide an Academic Advising form. Download a version of this form to print: Academic Advising form.

After the completion of your application, you will be asked to pay the non-refundable $50 application fee with a credit card. Applications will not be reviewed until application fee has been paid.