UMW in Nepal | International Perspectives on Civic Engagement



UMW in Nepal

International Perspectives on Civic Engagement


Program Dates

December 27 — January 10

Winter Break 2017-2018


 Register for this program by August 1, 2017. Registration is not confirmed until your deposit has been received. View our cancellation policy.

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Program Fees


$500 deposit due upon registration.
Final $2,890 due October 1, 2017.


  • Round-trip airfare
  • Airport transfers and ground transportation
  • Housing and accommodations
  • Some meals
  • Guided tours and associated entrance fees
  • International health insurance
  • UMW Education Abroad fee

NOT Included

  • UMW tuition (may be part of your Fall 2017 course load)
  • International visa
  • Some meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplemental meals or snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Immunizations
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Health Information

International travel may require immunizations or preventative medicines. Please refer to the US Center for Disease Control’s Traveler’s Health Information Page for recommendations. The UMW Health Center provides free travel consultations by appointment, as well as travel information for UMW students. The Center for International Education recommends that each student have a personalized medical consultation prior to international travel.

This program includes moderate hiking through uneven terrain and significant walking.


Civic Engagement takes various forms and is affected by many things including culture, economic opportunity and governmental structures. Join Dr. David Rettinger and Dr. Daniel Hirshberg on a program this winter break, using Nepal as a case study and applying what you learn in class to the current environment and society in Nepal.  You will get to experience the beauty of this unique country through:

  • Walking tours of Kathmandu and the medieval city of Bhaktapur
  • Service projects impacting the local community
  • Traditional meals, arts and entertainment
  • Visits to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath Temples, Tribhuvan University, and both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the mountains of Pharping


Students will stay in double occupancy rooms in a comfortable local guest house and a hotel. Breakfast is provided and Wifi access is included at both locations.


In addition to the program travel during Winter Break, students will enroll in the Fall 2017 course IDIS 350V for 3 credits.  The course will meet weekly for the last 8 weeks of the fall semester in preparation for the trip to Nepal.

This course satisfies the Experiential Learning OR Global Inquiry general education requirement by contract with the faculty director only.

Requirements & Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in order to participate. This program is open to all UMW students regardless of major or year of study. It is also open to non-UMW students but enrollment in IDIS 350V for the Fall 2017 semester is required.


Faculty-Led Program Scholarships are available to UMW students (deadlines apply).


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