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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Autumn Semester 2019 08/31/2019 08/31/2019 09/02/2019 12/11/2019
SpringSemester(W/Sp) 2020 12/15/2019 12/16/2019 01/27/2020 05/06/2020
Autumn Semester 2020 08/15/2020 08/16/2020 08/31/2020 12/09/2020
Program Information:
 
QUICK FACTS    
Location Paro, Bhutan
Academic Term Autumn Semester / Spring Semester
Summer Quarter
Credits 18 semester-hour credits
Prerequisites One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 18 years or older
Program Manager Shannon Quinn | studyabroad@uw.edu
Application Deadline Rolling Admissions
Financial Aid All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans
HIGHLIGHTS
General Explore the various biomes in Bhutan through a range of excursions and learn about how the conservation of biodiversity is affected in the face of a changing society and landscape. 
 
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The program curriculum and research agenda address issues related to modernization in Bhutan: the support of rural livelihoods and the conservation of biodiversity in the face of a changing society and landscape. By getting to know the local and national institutions that contribute to the management and governance of environmental resources, students gain an appreciation of the complexity of identifying and addressing conservation issues in a developing region.

The semester curriculum comprises three thematic components, all centered on the environment:
People’s relationship with nature
Democratization, governance, and rural development
Ecology, conservation, and resource management

CONNECT WITH SFS
Visit the SFS website
Call the Admissions Hotline at (800) 989-4418
Email admissions@fieldstudies.org
Read updates from the field on the SFS Blog
Follow SFS on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram
Watch student videos on YouTube
 
LOCATION

Site

Students have the opportunity to explore Thimphu—the only capital city in the world without traffic lights—and experience the friendly people of Bhutan while engaging the senses visiting shops, temples, and market stands. In addition, they also get to visit some of the most influential and inspiring places of Buddhist worship in the Kingdom including Taktsang Dzong (Tiger’s Nest Monastery), as well as Trongsa Dzong and Punakha Dzong. They will also participate in a multi-day trek through villages, old-growth forests, and riverine ecosystems up to 14,000 feet above sea level.

 

 
ACADEMICS

Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students interested in participating in this program must have take at least one semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science. In addition, they must also be at least 18 years old.

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive 27 UW credits per term. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program. 

If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here.

Courses

Students will take three 4 semester-credit disciplinary courses, one 2-credit religion and culture course, and a 4 semester-credit capstone Directed Research course.

Through Directed Research (DR)—as opposed to basic, applied, or independent research—students conduct research on a specific topic that is part of the SFS Center’s long-term strategic research plan, which has been developed in partnership with local community stakeholders and clients. This course, taught by resident SFS faculty, provides students with the opportunity to apply the scientific process in a mentored field research project that addresses a local environmental issue. Through the DR project, students contribute to a growing body of scientific research that informs local conservation and resource management decisions.

Please visit the program website to learn more about the courses.


If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.

 
ACCOMMODATIONS

Housing

Students will be housed at the campus with 1-3 other students. The campus has the following amenities:

  • Classroom and library
  • Kitchen and dining hall, on-site cooking staff
  • Student lounge and ping-pong tables
  • Verandas with scenic views of the valley
  • Hiking trails and local roads for running
 
VISA INFORMATION

The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 

 
FINANCES

Program Expenses

The Study Abroad fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates. Students must pay the course-related fees directly through the SFS program website.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.
 
APPLICATION

Application Process

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

This study abroad program also requires completion of a secondary application specific to the program provider. Visit the program website to complete it.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.