The Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) was founded on June 2, 2003 by a royal decree, is the national university system of Bhutan. During the program, William & Mary faculty member Dr. Kevin Vose will share with students the history of the Himalayan Religion. Students will travel throughout the country, gaining perspective regarding the relevance of religiously history buildings, structures, and architecture. Similarly, a local faculty member from the Royal University of Bhutan will illustrate the context, importance and use of the Gross National Happiness scale. This program is a unique melting pot of the study of history, religious studies, and environmental policy.
W&M Bhutan Summer Faculty-led Study Abroad Video
There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in the Spring prior to departure, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Bhutan and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.
Courses are taught by W&M faculty. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.
Students will earn 6 credits. All students will be enrolled in:
RELG308: Gross National Happiness ( 3 credits)
RELG367: Tibetan Religion: ALV, COLL 200 attributes ( 3 credits)
There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in the Spring prior to departure, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Potsdam and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.
Arrival Date: TBD 2022
Departure Date: TBD 2022
New for Summer 2022, the GEO is announcing an earlier December 1 priority deadline for summer programs and Reves Summer Scholarships.
Students who apply by December 1 will be given priority on eligibility for programs and scholarships.
Please note that programs may meet their capacity at the December 1 deadline and may not be accepting new applicants, so to ensure best consideration for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply by December 1.
Application Deadline: December 1, 2021
With a deposit due deadline: January 28, 2022
And a balance due deadline: February 18, 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022
With a deposit due deadline: March 11, 2022 (Friday prior to Spring break)
And a balance due deadline: April 1, 2022
Application fee information:
The application fee ($75) is due by the deadline and should be paid online at the GEO Marketplace Store. Whoever is making the payment will need student 93#, email, and phone number. The application fee is refundable in the event that you are not accepted into the program or the program is canceled by W&M.
2021 Program Fee: $7165
Students are responsible for airfare, visa, vaccinations, and some meals.
To view the estimated costs for this program and important payment information, please visit here.
Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.
The 6 credits delivered over the summer for program fee. RELG 367 (Himalayan Religion) is taught by W&M faculty; a course on Gross National Happiness will be taught by RUB faculty.
W&M Faculty Program Contact:
Kevin Vose, Chair, Department of Religious Studies
Global Education Office Advisor:
Students live in dorms at the Royal University of Bhutan's Institute of Language and Culture Studies in and around Taktse, Bhutan
The trip as a whole would satisfy COLL 300.
Area of Study:
Religious Studies, Environmental Studies, and Public Policy
- Students must be an active W&M undergraduate student in good standing, not on academic or disciplinary probation during time abroad, and eligible to take classes at the W&M Williamsburg campus to study abroad.
- Students currently on-campus must successfully complete 1 credit spring course.
- For more information about eligibility, please visit our Policies that Affect You page.
Click to view the W&M Summer Program Handbook 2021
*Information subject to change. Please visit our website for most current information.