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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Dormitory Minimum GPA: 2.85
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Anthropology, Asian Studies, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, History, International Relations, Internships, Music, Peace and Social Justice, Philosophy, Political Science, Politics, Psychology, Public Health, Religion, Sociology, Urban Studies, Women's and Gender Studies Program Type: Study Abroad
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Year: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Language Study Offered: Dzongkha Program Features: Faculty-led Program, Internship
Program Description:

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.

Program Dates:3 wheaton students
Fall Semester: late July 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.

Other Items to Note:
- Students are not charged 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). 
- Students will purchase their own flights for this program. Staff from the Center for Global Education will provide assistance in locating and booking said flights.
- The faculty director for Fall 2024 will be Professor Matthew Gingo. Any interested applicant is welcome to reach out to him with questions at
-To join the mailing list for updates and reminders, please submit this form: link here!

students with buddha

     For more information contact:    
     Center for Global Education
     5  Howard Street
     Wheaton College
     Norton, MA 02766-2322
     508-286- 4950

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2024 02/15/2024 03/15/2024 TBA TBA