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Cornell Nepal Study Program (CNSP)
Kirtipur, Nepal
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Program Sponsor: Cornell University 
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Fact Sheet:
 Lang. of Instruction:
 Lang. Courses Offered:
 Program Type:
Directed Field Research, Program classes
 Minimum GPA:
Housing: Dormitory/Residence Hall, Homestay Visit
 A&S Approved?:
 Class Rank:
grad student, junior, senior Study Abroad Advisor : Dr. Kristen Grace
Program Description:

Cornell Nepal Study Program

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Open to students from all Cornell majors as well as non-Cornell students!

Program Overview

The Cornell Nepal Study Program is a pioneering joint venture between Cornell University and Tribhuvan National University of Nepal initiated in 1993. Courses are taught in English at the program facility and the main Tribhuvan campus in the medieval town of Kirtipur, near Kathmandu, by Nepalese faculty from the Tribhuvan University Departments of Botany and Sociology/Anthropology. CNSP is the first and only study abroad program in Nepal to draw together students from American universities to live and study with Nepalese peers in residential program houses.

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Nepal offers a splendid venue for a study abroad program in a developing country. The geographical diversity of Nepal ranges
from the sub-tropical Terai region to the mountain regions of the north. Nepal's amazing geographic diversity has created equally amazing cultural diversity; over 50 distinct languages are spoken.

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Academic Overview

studentThe highlight of the program is the independent field research project. Students choose research topics ranging from cultural to environmental studies. Many students focus on critical issues such as global health or economic development.

   - Nepali Conversation (4 credits)                           
   - Nepali Literacy (2 credits)
   - Contemporary Issues in Nepali Studies (3 credits)
   - Research Design and Proposal Writing (4 credits)                      
   - Field Research (2 credits)

Nepal Student Research Topics


The semester is organized around the following schedule:

Orientation with intensive language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 weeks
Classroom Instruction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 weeks
Study Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 weeks

  Study trek with field exercises and classes.
Holiday. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 days
Fied Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 weeks
  Students carry out projects developed in the research design course.
Completion of Research Reports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 weeks
  Students will prepare and present the results of their field work.

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Program participants live in houses renovated as student residences.housing Following Nepalese cultural norms, men live in one residence and women in another. The Nepalese students who join the program come from various parts of the country and are paired with North American roommates. The living situation provides:

   - Nepalese food and furnishings, with conveniences like electricity, hot water, and good sanitation.
   - Computers provide e-mail and internet connections.
   - Homestays with Nepalese
families become an integral part of the program experience during holidays and the study tour.

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At a glance

Program Length
    Semester or Academic Year

   - 3.0 GPA
   - Cornell and Non-Cornell Students
   - 2nd sem. sophomores, juniors, 1st sem. seniors, M.A. and Ph.D. candidates
   - Previous Nepali recommended (NOT required)

Application Deadline
     Fall or Year:   February 15th

     Spring:           October 15th

include tuition in Nepal, housing, all meals, orientation, the study tour, group field trips, and required excursions.

     Not included: international airfare, health insurance, mandatory vaccinations, and recreational travel. Only modest funds are needed for personal expenses.

     For a current buget of total estimated costs, please contact Cornell Abroad.

Faculty Admin

faculty staff

CNSP is administered on-site in Nepal by a Resident Director with the services of an Academic Coordinator, working with Tribhuvan National University faculty. Administration in Ithaca is coordinated by Cornell Abroad with faculty involvement in the establishment of the curriculum and research program. On-site staff includes a Graduate Teaching Fellow and Residential Coordinator.

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More Info

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Program Flyers:

Nepal Brochure  
Nepal Program Flyer (Cornell-specific Program Information)

   Cornell Abroad
   300 Caldwell Hall

Or Contact:
   Cornell Abroad

   Professor Kathryn March,
   Summer Nepali Language Program
   Cornell Department of Asian Studies
   388 Rockefeller Hall, 607-255-5095

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Contact Info

Alex O’Neill is a student at Georgetown University attending the Cornell-Nepal Study Program for the ’13-’14 year. Follow his blog "A Dharma Bum" here.

Cornell Undergraduate Sarah Shearer studied in Nepal during Fall, 2010. While abroad, her research was “Real Women, Real Stories: Maternal Health in Nepal’s Pyuthan District.” Read her blog “Noise from Nepal” here.

Nepal Blog & Student List
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Academic Year 2014-2015 04/01/2014 
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2014 04/30/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2015 09/15/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Later applications are always welcome, but colleges may need time to process your approval.

Indicates that deadline has passed. See CUAbroad.