Emory Tibetan Studies in Dharamsala, India

Language of Instruction: English
Term: Spring

Experience Tibetan or Buddhist studies first-hand in Dharamsala, India


The Emory Tibetan Studies program is on hiatus for academic year 2017 - 2018.

The Emory Tibetan Studies program is offered only during the spring semester to students with an interest in Tibetan or Buddhist studies. Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and home to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dharamsala is the cultural and intellectual capital of the Tibetan exile community. Students live in guest houses, and on the IBD Sarah Campus with Tibetan roommates.


The program integrates academic study, traditional Buddhist pedagogy, field research in the Tibetan community and guided explorations of contemplative practice. This unique combination of theory, practice and immersion provides an excellent opportunity to explore numerous cultural, political, historical and religious dimensions of the Tibetan world. Students take four courses and 16 credits:

  • Tibetan Culture and Civilization
  • Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Practice
  • Tibetan Language
  • Independent Research: Selected Topics

Program Features

Students participate in a variety of housing environments. While on the IBD Sarah campus, students live in double rooms with a Tibetan roommate and eat most meals in one of the cafeterias. In McLeod Ganj, students live with a homestay family for three weeks, where they are given both breakfast and dinner, with a lunch stipend provided by the program. They then shift into a Tibetan-run hotel for another three weeks, during which time both group meals and food stipends are provided. During the research period, stipends will be provided for travel, food, lodging, and research assistance.


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

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Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, October 1, 2017