Pitzer in Nepal Academics
To deepen your understanding of topics covered in the core course, you will travel to various locations in Nepal.
Day and Half Day Study Trips: These study tours are led by Tribhuvan University professors and allow you to complement classroom learning with direct observation and experience in the field. You will visit the most important cultural and religious sites in the Kathmandu Valley, including the medieval royal palaces of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur; Pashupatinath, Nepal's most revered Hindu temple; the stupa at Bouddha, an important Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage site; and Changu Narayan, one of the oldest extant religious complexes in the Valley. A list of recent study tours appears below.
Longer Study Trips: You will take several trips to different regions of Nepal, focusing on the areas' cultural and natural heritage. Trips may include visits to Chitwan National Park, the Annapurna Conservation Area, Lumbini, Bandipur, and an extended family stay in a remote hill village. In each of these areas, you will complete a number of interviews and small projects on topics specific to the area. Lectures, readings, and discussion sessions supplement your experience in the field.
Destinations may change from semester to semester, but past excursions have included:
Trek and Village Stay
During the third month of the program, trek along ancient trade routes, through terraced fields and in the shadow of the world’s highest mountains. Live in a middle hill village with a subsistence farming family.
Visit national parks in southern Nepal which are home to elephants, one-horned rhino and royal Bengal tigers. See firsthand how Nepal is attempting to integrate traditional subsistence farming activities in and around the park with sound resource management and ecological development.
Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
Nestled in the foothills of the Annapurna Himal, this internationally acclaimed project attempts to take a balanced approach to traditional subsistence farming activities, tourism management, conservation, village health, development and education through involving local villagers in decision-making and implementation.
Half-day trips in the Kathmandu Valley
Explore important Hindu and Buddhist temples, non-governmental organization sites, palaces, markets, festivals, pilgrimage sites, ancient cities, and the studios of local craftsmen.