Study Abroad

"Often I feel I go to some distant region of the world to be reminded of who I really am. There is no mystery about why this should be so. Stripped of your ordinary surroundings, your friends, your daily routines, your refrigerator full of food, your closet full of clothes—with all of this taken away, you are forced into direct experience. Such direct experience inevitably makes you aware of who it is that is having the experience. It is not always comfortable, but it is always invigorating."—Michael Crichton, Travels

Naropa University values active engagement in a global context. We want our graduates to understand the differences and interdependencies that characterize our world. Study abroad is a powerful tool to expand students' worldviews and awaken education. Most students who go abroad report meaningful shifts in connection to self and others, as well as a heightened sense of commitment to improving global inequities.

At Naropa University, there are a few paths toward studying abroad. You may choose the Study Abroad in Bhutan program, Where There Be Dragons Naropa-sponsored programs, or you can choose one of Naropa's affiliated programs (LEAP or the School for International Training). In special circumstances, a student may choose unaffiliated programs, but limitations to financial aid and transferability of credit may apply.

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Study Abroad in Bhutan Program

All students participating in Naropa's Bhutan study abroad program will take BSA325, BSA335, and BSA350, taught by Naropa's in-country faculty member and a faculty member from the Royal University of Bhutan. These courses will begin during the 3-week in-country orientation. Students will work independently on these courses after moving to the RUB campus of their choice. For Naropa students, all three courses are considered "in–residence."

In addition to the three courses taught by Naropa's in-country faculty member, students will choose two elective courses from the RUB campus at which they are residing. Note that students can choose from any RUB course offered during their time abroad, with instructor approval.  For Naropa students, these will be considered non-resident courses. Course offerings change each year. A sampling of courses that have been offered in the past can be found here: