UNCW in Bhutan program is in Thimpu, where students will study at Royal Thimphu College (RTC), Bhutan’s first private college. RTC offers general degree programs under the auspices of the Royal University of Bhutan. Its objective is to contribute to educational excellence in Bhutan and to become an institute of international repute attracting outstanding students from Bhutan and abroad. The RTC campus, covering an area of 25 acres in Ngabiphu, offers a secluded and peaceful natural environment for study.
The Surrounding Area
Thimphu is the capital city of the Kingdom of Bhutan, and is located in the western part of the country at around 2,300 meters (7,545 feet) above sea level. The city has a population around 100,000 people, including expats from India, Japan, Thailand, Europe, and the U.S. The fertile river valley in which Thimphu sits features many ancient monuments, fortresses, and temples, and is beginning to see some controlled and modern development as well. Indeed, sustainable development and environmental sustainability are very important concepts in Thimphu specifically, and Bhutan in general. Two of Bhutan’s biggest industries are travel and hydro-electric power, so it is in the country’s best interests and it’s philosophy to establish a harmony between these forces.
Since Bhutan only opened up to the outside world in the past decade or so, it still retains a very authentic feel, with few, if any, western influences such as restaurants, stores, or brands. This affords students and visitors a unique opportunity to truly immerse themselves into a country and culture in a way that they’d be unlikely to do in a more traditional destination. Discover the magic for yourself and study abroad with UNCW in Bhutan!
The UNCW in Bhutan program includes cultural activities and excursions to places such as Thailand, Dochula, the Ha District, Paro, Phajoding, Punakha, Taktsang Monastery, and day trips throughout Bhutan. Bhutan has very few western influences, and students will be able explore the food, history and wildlife of this unique country.
- Degree-seeking student
- At least Sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.5+ GPA at time of application
Students will take courses with Bhutanese students in a variety of subject areas, including international business, computer science, Dzongka (traditional Bhutanese language), environmental studies, sustainable development, and much more!
Students in Thimphu will live on campus in student dorms alongside Bhutanese students. Rooms are double-occupancy with shared bathrooms and laundry facilities. There is not space to prepare meals in the rooms; however, students will receive meals at the campus cafeteria and will receive credit to purchase additional snacks and hot meals in the campus canteen or in local shops. Students will also be provided with an internet surf stick to help them complete assignments and communicate with home.
Academic Year Dates
Late July- Early July
Fall Semester Dates
Late July- Early December
Spring Semester Dates
Late February- Early July
Estimated Program Fee Spring & Fall 2019: $16,980
Estimated Program Fee Academic Year 2019-20: $32,960
- Airport pick-up
- On-site Assistance
- On-site Orientation
- Social & Cultural Activities
- Welcome and Farewell Group Meals
- Volunteer Opportunities
(not included in program fee)
- International Airfare
- Most meals
- Passport and Visa
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at www.uncw.edu/international/abroad/aid.html.
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