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  • Locations: Jakar, Bhutan; Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Description:
Bhutan Photo 2018
Please note that this program is not running in 2019.

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.  

Want to see what it's like on-site?

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.  

2018 Summer Abroad Handbook

Arrival Date: TBD
Departure Date: TBD

Application ($75): TBD
Deposit ($600): TBD 
Final/Balance Payment: TBD
*The $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the W&M Bursar's Office.  Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable. 
*Students are responsible for airfare and some meals.

Program Fee:
2018 Program Fee:  $6,700
2020 Program Fee:  will be announced November 2019.

Breakdown of Estimated Total Expected Costs:
  • 2018 Program Fee: $6,700 (paid to W&M)
  • Room & Board: $500
  • Airfare: $1,500
  • Books & Supplies: $100
  • Miscellaneous/Personal: $600
  • W&M Required Insurance: Included in program fee
  • Reves Center/Application Fee: $75
  • Total estimation: $9,475

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:
Molly DeStafney 

Students live in dorms at the Royal University of Bhutan's Institute of Language and Culture Studies in and around Taktse, Bhutan

Unique Features:
The trip as a whole would satisfy COLL 300.

Area of Study:
Religious Studies, Environmental Studies, and Public Policy

*Information subject to change. Please visit our website for most current information.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.