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  • Locations: Gyantse, China; Kathmandu, Nepal; Lhasa, China; Samye, China; Shigatse, China; Spartanburg, United States; Tingri, China
  • Program Terms: Interim
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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Type: Study Abroad Program: Faculty-Led
Program Description:
To The Roof of the World: Life in the Shadow of Mt. Everest

Program Overview
Have you ever wanted to see Mt. Everest? On this interim, we will travel to Nepal and Tibet to learn about the cultures that emerged at the foot of the world's tallest mountain, as well as the history of Everest and the state of the mountain today. We will spend time in Kathmandu, Nepal, Lhasa, Tibet, and a number of smaller towns in Tibet on a journey that will culminate at Everest Base Camp on the Tibet side of Mt. Everest.
Students will enroll in JAN 428 A for Interim. In this course, students will study Mt. Everest, a landmark that lies at the intersection of nature, consumer culture, and indigenous culture. Students will study the mountain itself, the Buddhist, Hinduist, and other local cultures that live at the foot of the mountain, the history of the mountain as an attraction to explorers, its late 20th century transition to a "destination" for wealthy travelers, and the effect of the commercialization of Everest on the mountain and the surrounding area.

Students will be housed in hotels during their travel. 

Program Costs
Program fee: $5,500
This cost includes international airfare, lodging, transportation to and from the airport, on-site transportation, some group meals, all fees/tickets for pre-arranged activities, Tibetan visa fees, and international insurance coverage.

Additional expenses:
Meals: $180 
Passport: $150 (all students must have a valid passport to participate)  

Wofford Travel Grants
The Wofford College Travel Grants provide assistance to students who are participating in an Interim Travel/Study program. Financial need and academic merit are the principle considerations in awarding these grants. Please note that an application for a Wofford Travel Grant does not substitute for the Travel/Study project application for Interim. 

To be eligible to apply for a Travel Grant, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (except first-year students applying in the fall) and be in good social and academic standing with the College. Awards range from $500 - $1,500. The number of awards granted will depend upon the number of applicants as well as available funds. The award is directly applied to the applicant's program fees. To apply, complete the online Wofford College Travel Grant application.

For More Information
Contact Dr. Tom Wright or see the project website.