About Wheaton in Bhutan
Bhutan, a small Buddhist country nestled in the Himalayas, is known for its pristine beauty, its commitment to environmental preservation and its unique approach to development that measures its success in terms of Gross National Happiness. This is a very exciting time to visit Bhutan. Having recently entered the global community after years of isolation and ratified its first constitution, Bhutan is experiencing rapid social change while striving to preserve its extraordinary traditions.
Wheaton College is proud to have entered into a unique partnership with Royal Thimphu College, the first private college in Bhutan. Together with a Wheaton faculty member, students will spend fall semester in the world’s only remaining Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom. Students with a broad range of interests and majors are able to engage in Dzongkha language instruction, learn about the history and culture of Bhutan, participate in a practicum in a community-based organization and become active in student life as a resident in a RTC dormitory. Opportunities to explore Bhutan will be offered through excursions and treks to cultural and historic sites. The Wheaton/RTC program is designed to provide students the means with which to gain deep insight into a unique country undergoing dramatic transition.
Bhutan (pop. 770,000),is a small Buddhist country, whose landscape ranges from subtropical plains in the south to the sub-alpine Himalayan heights in the north. In 2008, Bhutan made the transition from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy and held its first general election.
Fall Semester: August to mid-December
Courses & Credit:
Four courses each semester will earn 4.0 Wheaton credits
Housing & Board:
RTC dormitories in shared rooms. 3 meals per day are provided.
Click here for the Wheaton in Bhutan budget worksheet.pdf
(Estimated personal expenses are available on the Wheaton website)
Other Items to Note:
- All students accepted to a study abroad program will be assessed a $500 non-refundable confirmation fee at the time of final confirmation of study abroad participation.
- Students are not charged the technology, laundry, or student activities fees while on a study abroad program.
- Fees billed by Wheaton will be charged to students on their regular Wheaton College student account during regular billing cycles (July/December).
For more information contact:
Center for Global Education
5 Howard Street
Norton, MA 02766-2322