University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Global and Regional Studies Program


Summer 2012 Study-tour Trip to Nepal
by Abby McGowan, Associate Professor of History


Prof. Abby McGowan with students in Nepal



In May and June of last year, UVM launched a new off-campus studies program in Nepal.  Developed in collaboration with other Asian studies faculty, UVM historian Abby McGowan led a group of 17 students through two weeks of orientation on campus in Burlington, and then through four weeks in Nepal, including two weeks spent trekking in the region of Mustang.  Although arid and now relatively isolated, tucked high in the Himalayas on the border with Tibet, Mustang has a rich history linked into the Himalayan salt trade, the key institutions of Tibetan Buddhism, and the politics of state formation in Nepal.  As such the region provided a perfect setting for the group to explore issues of globalization, environmental change, and cultural preservation, by visiting monasteries, schools and historic caves, and meeting with preservation experts, religious leaders, and youth groups.  Indeed, the trip was such a success that it will now be offered every year; as of January, participants for the summer 2013 trip were being interviewed.


Luke Dorfman at Monastery in NepalLuke Dorfman shares his experience in Nepal...


Student Videos:

Check out these videos made by students who participated in the 2012 program in Nepal!

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