Community and Sustainable Development in Nepal
Nepalese communities building sustainable futures together.
This program set in Nepal uses experiential activities designed to develop an understanding of key social and community development issues impacting the country. In Nepal, you will co-learn with students from South Western State College (SWSC) by visiting local historical, environmental and cultural sites, community development agencies, markets, and schools. By engaging with the local people with local environments, you will be introduced to the history, knowledge and geo and socio-political contexts of Nepal. These experiences will help you to understand social issues and policies and the links between the micro, mezzo and macro factors that impact social work and community development in Nepal, This learning can be applied to your community practice in Canada.
See the eligibility and how to apply section below.
Community and Sustainable Development Info Session
Questions about these courses should be directed to the program instructor.
Please note: course descriptions are tentative and subject to change.
SOWK 557.44/UNIV 501.72: Community & Sustainable Development I: Inter-Cultural Practices and Sustainable Development Goals (3 units)
SOWK 557.45/UNIV 501.73: Community & Sustainable Development II: Community Practice in Nepal: Social Issues and Social Change (3 units)
SOWK 557.44/UNIV 501.72:Consent of the department
SOWK 557.45/UNIV 501.73: Consent of the department
TBD, Calgary: Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation with Study Abroad
TBD, Calgary: Mandatory Travel Medical Clinic
TBD, Calgary: Mandatory Pre-departure program sessions with Instructor
May 1-2: Depart Calgary for Nepal
May 3: Kathmandu
May 4: Lalitpur
May 5: Kathmandu & Kirtipur
May 6: Lubhu & Thamel
May 7-8: Kathmandu
May 9: Bhaktapur
May 10: Dhulikhel & Bouddha
May 11: Bouddha
May 12: Kathmandu
May 13-14: Chitwan
May 15-16: Kathmandu
May 17-18: Depart Kathmandu for Calgary or independent travel.
Click here for detailed itinerary.
To be determined.
The estimated cost of the Community and Sustainable Development: Collaborative Field Study in Nepal Program is $6786. This includes tuition, airfare, field trips, local transportation, accommodations and meals.
For the full cost breakdown and payment deadlines, please see the program Student Cost Summary.
Important information regarding deposit payments: Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits secure your space in the program and allows payment for logistical arrangements to be made in advance.
International Study Travel Grant: Students studying abroad may be eligible for the University of Calgary's International Study Travel Grant. For more information on eligibility, application details and deadlines please click here.
Faculty of Arts Group Study Program (GSP) Scholarships (for GSP participants) and Faculty of Arts Student Study Abroad Scholarships (for other international programs) - up to 10 awards of $1000 each! Application not currently open. Details to come.
Student loans: If you qualify for student loans, your program should qualify. We are able to provide you with a letter confirming your participation in the program for funding purposes. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a letter.
Please note that eligibility for student loans is determined by your loans provider.
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Students will stay in safe and affordable accommodations. Typically, accommodations are shared with 1-2 additional students.
Applications will be considered after your application and supplemental documents have been received by Study Abroad.
Statement of Purpose
Statement of Purpose
Please tell us why you want to study abroad, why you have selected this particular program (academic reasons, personal interest, career prospects, etc.), how this program will meet your academic objectives and/or complement your degree, how you plan to finance your program and why you should be selected.
The Statement of Purpose is submitted within your online application (max 500 words).
Note: Because the online application will time out after one hour, we recommend that you compose your statement of purpose in advance in Word to check for spelling, grammar and word count, and then paste it into the online application.
This group program promises to be an adventure in engaged experiential learning. Deeply embedded in Nepalese communities and culture, you will learn together with Nepalese students about pressing issues of community development and sustainability in Nepal.
Dr. Christine Walsh
Program-Specific Info Sessions
Info sessions are scheduled for every Group Study Program. Attending an info session is not required to apply, but strongly recommended as it will give you an opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the travel experience.
Please scroll up to the top of this page to view the info sessions for this program.
We also recommend watching Global Learning 101 for general information.
Study Abroad Advising
If you have questions about this program, you can meet with one of our Group Study Advisors by emailing email@example.com or booking an appointment through the link below.
1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Select #2, "Study Abroad Advising", to view available times.
Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how a Group Study Program might align with your degree.
After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.
Start your application
Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!
Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.