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
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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.
2018 Summer Abroad Handbook
Arrival Date: late May 2021
Departure Date: late June 2021
Application February 1 ($75):
Deposit March 12 ($600):
Final/Balance Payment April 1:
*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.
2021 Program Fee: TBD
2020 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 Summer Abroad Handbook 2020.pdf
*Information subject to change. Please visit our website for most current information.