Indian Himalaya Study Abroad: The adventure of a lifetime!
May 20th to June 13th, 2014
The Indian Himalaya Field Course is an exciting study abroad opportunity, exploring the wonders of the Indian subcontinent and local mountain cultures. The program will introduce students to the Garhwal region of the Indian Himalaya located in the northern state of Uttarakhand.
The Garhwal region is known as the abode of the gods, a holy place containing some of the most sacred sites in India. One of these sites, Nanda Devi, is the second highest mountain in India at over 25,600 feet and is worshiped throughout the region as the physical incarnation of the goddess Parbati. Nanda Devi is the centerpiece of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, a United Nations World Heritage Site for its extensive biodiversity and one of the last great wilderness areas in the Himalaya.
We will spend most of our time trekking and living in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve experiencing the area’s unique physical and cultural landscapes. Students will learn through extensive readings, class discussions, direct field experience (including living in a remote mountain village), meetings with development officials, sustainability activists and stakeholders in the region.
Students will earn their six (6) credits by taking two complementary courses:
Himalayan Environment and Development: GPHY/FORS/PTRM 352 (3 cr.)
After familiarizing ourselves with the unique physical and cultural geography of mountain regions, we will explore conservation and development issues affecting the Himalaya from the global to the local.
Tourism, Livelihoods and Sustainability in the Himalaya GPHY/FORS/PTRM 353 (3 cr.)
In this course we will explore the opportunities and challenges of conservation and development with particular reference to nature-based tourism and sustainability in an isolated but rapidly globalizing region of the Himalaya.
We will cover issues of livelihoods and sustainable development in the Himalaya and explore the complex interactions between natural resources, local people, NGO’s, government agencies, tourism providers, resource managers and tourists. We will focus our discussions on livelihoods, livelihood change and nature-based tourism in the context of sustainable development.
About the Instructors
Keith Bosak is trained as a geographer, specializing in human-environment interactions and more specifically, on issues of conservation and development, including sustainable development and ecotourism. He has been traveling to the Himalaya since 1994 and conducted his Master's and PhD research in the region.
Laura Caplins is the executive director of the Nature-Link Institute. Laura earned her Masters degree in Recreation Administration from Georgia Southern University. Since 2005, Laura has been traveling to the Garhwal Himalaya to lead courses, conduct research and assist with development projects.
The program cost is $3990, which includes:
Airfare is not included, but an optional group airfare will be available to New Delhi. Students will need to obtain, at their own expense, a visa for India. The deadline for applications is the end of March although we recommend people apply as early as possible. Application forms can be found on this website. More information about this program (including an example itinerary and syllabi) can be found at www.nature-link.org
Students are encouraged to apply early for this program, as enrollment will be capped at 16.
For questions about any of the Study Abroad programs in the College of Forestry and Conservation, please contact us at:
Phone: 406-243-5521 | Fax: 406-243-4845