Human Sciences – Exploring Global Perspectives of Human Sciences in Nepal
The College of Human Sciences at Auburn University is offering a summer (4 weeks) study abroad experience (6 credit hours) focusing on the subjects below:
The program aims to introduce and familiarize students with a culture that is distinctly different from their own. It is expected that this month long experience in various locations in Nepal will help students to understand global perspectives in human sciences, broaden their world view, develop a sense of well-being, engage with the local culture, and learn to see the world from a different lens. At the trips conclusion it is expected that students will understand and appreciate cultural diversity, develop awareness about global issues, and improve their global competence - in short they will become true global citizens. Students will also interact with various NGOs and communities whereby they will directly participate in community development, village rebuilding, and disaster relief.
- Sustainable tourism
- Community Development
You are eligible to apply for this program if you:
Students from any major may apply for this program, but CHS students are preferred.
- Are 19 years of age or older.
- Have a 2.25 grade point average for undergraduates; 3.0 for graduate students.
- March 30, 2018 - Application deadline
- May 5, 2018 – Program begins in Nepal
- May 31, 2018 – Program ends, depart from Nepal
Students should enroll in HUSC 5940, HUSC 6940, or HUSC 7910 for 1-6 credits. Students participating in this program should contact Kate Thornton at firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll in other courses.
The program fee of $4000 includes the following:
- Room (double occupancy) and most meals (not all)
- Modules and other resources needed to complete course work
- Airport transportation upon arrival and for departure
- Transportation to and from your community outreach site
- Trip cancellation insurance (including your international flight)
Activities included in the Program Fee:
The program fee does not include:
- Module books and/or textbooks needed to complete course requirements
- Auburn Abroad fee of $657 (instead of tuition; same regardless of whether you are in-state or out-of state)
- Passport fees
- Cell phone and usage
- Personal travel
- International Airfare ($2000-$2500)
Students will be housed in various hotels (generally 3 star) across the country. During one portion of the trip we will be camping on a community development site doing work with earthquake relief and village rebuilding.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Extensive walking, high altitude, lots of rides on buses and in cars (those prone to motion sickness should come prepared). Some activities involve physical labor and some accommodations involve camping in tents. In addition to this, dietary issues need to be noted because in country food options for highly specialized diets are limited.
Nepal's economy is dependent on the agriculture and tourism industries. Close to seventy percent of Nepali citizens are in the agriculture industry, and about one quarter of the population lives below the poverty line. Foreign investments are few and far between in Nepal, making it a unique experience for students. Mt. Everest is located in Nepal, so the scenery of the area is second to none! The landscapes and outdoor activities that students will experience will make for unforgettable moments.
“Students will get a first hand look at social entrepreneurship in Nepal and how that impacts and works hand in hand with community development. As students travel across the country they will see the impact of both sustainable and traditional tourism and how the tourism industry can help and hinder a developing country such as Nepal as it still works to recover from a 7.8 earthquake that struck the nation in April of 2015.”
- Tour Unesco World Heritage sights:
- Kathamndu Durbar Square
- Patan Durbar Square
- Bhaktapur City
- Boudanath – Tibetan Bhuddist temple
- Pashupatinath – Hindu temple
- Nagarkot – mountain village
- Takure, Sindulpulchowk district – village rebuild/stay
- Chitwan – Jungle safari, elephant ride
- Pokhara – trekking in the Annapurna range
- Flight to view Mt. Everest
- Visits to various NGO’s and businesses across the country
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
All students will need a passport valid for at least 6 months past the date of departure from Nepal.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Kate Thornton at email@example.com.