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  • Locations: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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College/School: College of Human Sciences Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term AU Program Director(s): Kate Thornton, Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 2.25 (Undergraduates), 3.0 (Graduates)
Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required
Program Description:

Human Sciences – Exploring Global Perspectives of Human Sciences in Nepal (Internship)


The College of Human Sciences at Auburn University is offering a summer (11 weeks) study abroad internship experience focusing on the subjects below:

  • Eco-tourism
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Community Development
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.  

*There will not be a faculty director on-site from June 9, 2020 through the end of the program on July 25, 2019.

Physical Requirements
High elevation, extensive walking, hiking, stairs, taxis/public transportation


You are eligible to apply for this program if you:

  • Are 19 years of age or older.
  • Have a 2.25 grade point average for undergraduates; 3.0 for graduate students.
Students from any major may apply for this program, but CHS students are preferred.


Summer 2020
  • March 30, 2020 - Application deadline
  • May 8, 2020 – Program departs for Nepal
  • May 8, 2020 – Program begins in Nepal
  • June 9, 2020 - Faculty Director for Faculty-Led program departs
  • August 2, 2020 - Program ends, depart from Nepal 


Students should enroll in HUSC 5940. Students participating in this program should contact Kate Thornton at to enroll in other courses. 

The program fee is Auburn Tuition:

  • 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:

  • Module books and/or textbooks needed to complete course requirements
The program fee does not include:
  • Auburn Abroad fee of $691 (instead of tuition; same regardless of whether you are in-state or out-of state)
  • Passport fees
  • Cell phone and usage
  • Personal travel
  • Immunizations
  • International Airfare ($2000-$2500)
  • Visa ($100)


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.


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.”

EverestExcursions include:

  • 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


All students will need a passport valid for at least 6 months past the date of departure from Nepal.


  • U.S. Citizens must purchase a tourist visa upon arrival to Nepal. Cost of the visa is $100 (USD).

  • Non-U.S. Citizens should verify entry requirements for Nepal.


Contact Kate Thornton at

This program is currently not accepting applications.