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Info Session: 3/14/18, 12pm,
International Center 2119 
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Bhutan—Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Thimphu, Bhutan

Arrive Date: August 11, 2018   End Date: September 9, 2018

Program Overview

Nestled in the Himalaya Mountains between India and China (Tibet), the small Buddhist monarchy of Bhutan awaits you! Join us and learn how to use geographic information systems (GIS) as part of our inaugural study abroad program in Bhutan. With fewer than 750,000 people in the country and 150,000 in the capital city of Thimphu, Bhutan offers a peaceful and culturally rich experience, just 20 minutes from downtown Thimphu, at the Royal Thimphu College. Known for its development philosophy of Gross National Happiness, where progress is measured in terms of collective happiness of its people rather than purely economic measures, Bhutan also boasts strict environmental laws. It is the only “carbon negative” country in the world. With rich biodiversity, 72% forest cover, and elevation gradient from 318 ft. to 24,836 ft., Bhutan is an excellent place to learn GIS and experience this cultural paradise.

Global Affairs Article: "Journeys in Bhutan: from Fulbright Scholar to Study Abroad Leader"

Instructor:  Karen Beardsley

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  24

Program Coordinator:  Jennifer Moylan

Info Session (5-Minute Overview)


Landscape Architecture (LDA)/Applied Biological Systems Technology (ABT) 150. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4)

Landscape Architecture (LDA)/Applied Biological Systems Technology (ABT) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, Pass/No Pass grading only)

Program Highlights
  • Learn about and experience Gross National Happiness
  • Enjoy college life at 7,656 ft. elevation in the Himalaya region
  • Enroll in a highly impacted UCD course that will benefit students from all majors!
  • Immerse yourself in a beautiful, peaceful place with warm, friendly residents
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