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Nepal: Kathmandu

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Kathmandu Quick Facts

Language of Instruction
English and Nepali

Fields of Study
Anthropology, development studies, environmental studies, Nepali language and culture, and religion.

Host Institution
Pitzer College


Program Dates
Fall semester: early August to mid-December 
Spring semester: mid-February to mid-June

Faculty Liaison
Zhiru Ng

Pitzer College

The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is a bustling city of close to one million people. Its medieval streets dotted with both Hindu and Buddhist temples are offset by lively bazaars filled with people from all over the country, exemplifying Nepal’s rich ethnic and religious diversity.

Pitzer College’s Program in Nepal, founded in 1974, provides a unique opportunity for an in-depth and significant cross-cultural learning experience and is particularly recommended for students in anthropology and Asian Studies. Regular features of the program include the intensive Nepali language study, a homestay program placing students in close contact with Nepalese daily life, and a trek and village homestay in the Himalayas.

Academic Program

A major part of the program consists of conversational Nepali instruction (200 hours) taught with minimal English translation (2.0 Pomona course credits). The grade in the language course is based on a student’s ability to communicate orally and in writing. All students also take Nepal Studies, a class which covers a variety of topics, including family structures, the caste system, environmental studies, development studies, health, and religion. The course consists of seminars, lectures, field trips, walking treks, and family stays. Students also keep a journal and complete a field book consisting of weekly writing assignments (1.0 Pomona course credit).

In addition to these two required courses, students work on a Directed Independent Study Project, which is evaluated by a Claremont Colleges faculty member. It is due for grading in Claremont no later than four weeks following the semester in Nepal (1.0 Pomona course credit).

Living Arrangements

Students live and eat with Nepalese families in villages.  

Number of Students

Pitzer College enrolls approximately 14 students, selected from a competitive pool.


  • 7.5 GPA, and junior standing or above.
  • Passport valid for six months beyond the proposed semester end date.

Students are strongly encouraged to take Pitzer College's Anthropology 16: "Intro to Nepal." If a students cannot take this course due to a scheduling conflict, please see Mike DOnahue in the Pitzer study abroad office.

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