• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• Exposure to principles and practices of ecology, environmental studies, anthropology or rural development will be helpful to participants and is preferred.
• 2.8 cumulative GPA for semester programs; 2.6 cumulative GPA for summer programs
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students only
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Anthropology, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Rural Development

Classroom Language



Field Research Station

Program Duration

Fall: Late August - Early December

Spring: Mid-February - Late May

Summer: Early June - Mid-July

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Fall 2016-17 Himalayan Environment and Society in Transition 2/26/2016
Spring 2016-17 Himalayan Environment and Society in Transition 9/30/2016
Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Early submissions encouraged.
Summer 2017  Eastern Himalayan Forests and Rural Livelihoods 2/24/2017
Fall 2017-18  2/24/2017

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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Bhutan, Bumthang
SFS Himalayan Studies

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Offered through the School for Field Studies (SFS), the SFS Himalayan Studies program is an approved UW affiliate program. Program options include the Himalayan Environment and Society in Transition semester or Eastern Himalayan Forests and Rural Livelihoods summer program.
Bhutan is a Himalayan country characterized by towering mountains, lush forests, and a unique cultural heritage, where progress and development is also evaluated on the basis of cultural preservation and environmental conservation rather than purely economic achievements. Bhutan has also been identified as one of the top-10 biodiversity hot spots in the world. As species do not keep to political boundaries, and since Bhutan is modernizing rapidly, this program considers how Bhutan can secure its rich culture and biodiversity in the face of change. Traveling across Bhutan, and focusing your studies in the central districts, you will learn about Bhutanese culture, environment, and rural development in a country in transition.
SFS has a partnership with the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE), an international research and training facility in Bhutan. You’ll contribute to the advancement of the Institute’s research agenda in several priority areas, including sustainable forestry, conservation 7 biology, water resources, and socioeconomic policy.
The field station is located at the UWICE campus, set in the pastoral Chokhor Valley in the central district of Bumthang. The facility is the former palace of Bhutan’s first king, built in traditional Bhutanese architecture with colorful decorations both inside and out.
You will be working closely with both IAP and SFS on this program. You can access the program's main information page through the SFS website to learn more about the academics, housing, excursions and activities, and location.