• 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
Summer 2016 Eastern Himalayan Forests and Rural Livelihoods 2/26/2016
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.

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. On the Himalayan Environment and Society in Transition semester or Eastern Himalayan Forests and Rural Livelihoods summer program, you will travel across Bhutan to gain an understanding of Bhutanese culture, environmental issues, and rural development. You will also conduct research related to Bhutan's environmental concerns and conservation strategies. In addition to learning field skills, you will learn about many different aspects of forest environments, resource management and rural livelihoods linked to natural resources.
The program is based at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE). Formerly the palace and monastery of King Ugyen Wangchuck, the site is now a research center dedicated to the study of the environment and conservation. The institute is situated in the hills above the town of Jakar at the foot of the Chokhor valley, and the rich forest surrounding serves as a field laboratory.
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.