Cornell Nepal Study Program:
Cornell and the central campus of Tribhuvan National University (in Kirtipur, Kathmandu) cosponsor a semester or year in Nepal at the Cornell Nepal Study Program for both undergraduate and graduate students. North American students live and study with Nepali students at the Cornell program houses near the university, taking courses taught in English by faculty from Tribhuvan University. After an intensive orientation, semester courses include intensive spoken and written Nepali language, Contemporary Issues in Nepal, and Research Design and Methods in a wide variety of fields in the social and natural sciences and the humanities. (Language instruction in Tibetan and Newari may also be arranged.) There is a 10-day study tour and field trip during the semester, and students execute their research proposal during four weeks of guided field research, writing up their findings for presentation at the end of the semester.
Juniors, seniors, and graduate students from any field may apply. Students should have a desire to participate in a program featuring relatively intense cultural immersion and to undertake rigorous field research. Instruction is in English, but prior study of Nepali language is strongly recommended for Cornell students. Those interested in the program should consult Cornell Abroad (firstname.lastname@example.org).