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.
Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.
Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.
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.