Building in Nepal

Cornell in Nepal Study Program

Language of Instruction: English
Term: Spring, Fall

Learn about the ecological and cultural diversity of Nepal during a study abroad experience

The next application deadline is Mar 1, 2018
See other program dates


The Cornell Nepal Study program is offered during the fall and spring semesters for students interested in the ecological or cultural diversity of Nepal. Based at Tribhuvan National University in the medieval town of Kirtipur outside of Katmandu, the program offers students classes in Nepali language, research methodology and interdisciplinary courses in Nepali culture and society. A background in Nepalese is recommended but not required. Students live in single-sex houses.


Courses are taught in English at the program facility and the main Tribhuvan campus in the medieval town of Kirtipur, near Kathmandu, by Nepalese faculty from the Tribhuvan University Departments of Botany and Sociology/Anthropology. Students then undertake a substantive independent research project of their own design. Students complete 15 credits:

  • Nepali Conversation
  • Research Design and Proposal Writing
  • Nepali Literacy
  • Field Research
  • Contemporary Issues in Nepali Studies

Field study options include environment and ecology development studies, rural sociology, the anthropology of Nepal, or other special interests, including art or religion.

Program Features

Program participants live in houses renovated as student residences. Following Nepalese cultural norms, men live in one residence and women in another. The Nepalese students who join the program come from various parts of the country and are paired with North American roommates. The living situation provides Nepalese food and furnishings, with conveniences like electricity, hot water, and good sanitation. Computers provide e-mail and internet connections. Homestays with Nepalese families become an integral part of the program experience during holidays and the study tour.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved by the OGP on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Language of Instruction:
Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Admissions Decision Date: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018