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.

Key information






Spring 2021

Program type

Group Study

Application information

Application status

Admission paused

Application deadline


Additional requirements

See the eligibility and how to apply section below.

Info sessions

Session #1: September 23 at 7 PM on Zoom:

Session #2: October 13 at NOON on Zoom:

Student Experience


Have questions?

For program information, please contact Christine Walsh ( or Rita Dhungel (

For application and registration support, please contact the Group Study Team at

Other useful links:

Community and Sustainable Development Info Session

Community and Sustainable Development Info Session

Study Abroad

Program details

Questions about these courses should be directed to the program instructor.

Please note: course descriptions are tentative and subject to change.

  1. Courses offered

    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)

  2. Prerequisites

    SOWK 557.44/UNIV 501.72:Consent of the department

    SOWK 557.45/UNIV 501.73: Consent of the department

  1. Pre-departure

    TBD, Calgary: Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation with Study Abroad

    TBD, Calgary: Mandatory Travel Medical Clinic

    TBD, Calgary: Mandatory Pre-departure program sessions with Instructor


  2. In-field

    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.

  3. Post-field

    To be determined.

  1. **Costs

    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.

  2. Funding

    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 to request a letter.

    Please note that eligibility for student loans is determined by your loans provider.

    Click here for more info on funding opportunities!

Students will stay in safe and affordable accommodations. Typically, accommodations are shared with 1-2 additional students. 

This program is open to undergraduate students in good academic standing from all faculties.

Applications will be considered after your application and supplemental documents have been received by Study Abroad.

  1. 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.

  2. Additional Documents

    Download an unofficial transcript from your Student Centre and submit it by email to Click here for a step-by-step guide to access your unofficial transcript.

Please ensure that you have read the Group Study Program General FAQs thoroughly before applying.

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 Professor

Getting started

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.

Watch Global Learning 101

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this program, you can meet with one of our Group Study Advisors by emailing 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.

Book an appointment

Academic Advising

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.

Find your academic advisor

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.