Himalayas (India) Learning Abroad

Project Site - (Himalayas) Kaza, India

The Himalayas LA Program has been cancelled for Summer 2021 due to Covid-19

This Program is planning to run again in Summer 2022

Undergraduate student cost: Four Credits: $4,940
Graduate student cost: Four Credits: $5,000

(Dates above represent first and last days in each country. Costs include tuition, shared dormitory accommodations, program-related travel, international health insurance, program excursions, welcome and farewell social events, and some meals. Costs do not include international airfare, passport and visa fees, some meals, personal expenses, optional excursions, independent travel.)


Eleven days of Field Work - Kaza
Ten days travel by plane, train and minivan
Fully escorted by director

Possible Excursions may include:
    • Local sightseeing – Kaza and Spiti Valley
    • End of travel to Taj Mahal, Agra

Deadline & Registration

February 15, 2021

Learning Abroad Brochure

For more information:


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The program will be based in Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India. This is a town at 12,500 feet above sea level in the Lahaul and Spiti valleys of the mighty Himalayas. Built on the banks of Spiti river, it is the administrative hub of the district. It is surrounded by towering peaks and offers a gorgeous vista of pristine natural beauty of the Himalayas. Kaza is about 470 miles from New Delhi, the capital of India, and accessible by road all year around.


Partners include academic, civil society, and village leaders and members in Kaza, India.

    • Ecosphere - Ecosphere is a reputable community based social enterprise working in Spiti region of the Himalayas. Its focus is sustainable rural development in the remotest parts of the Himalayas. A wide range of activities are undertaken by Ecosphere including but not limited to economic empowerment, development and conservation with a sharp focus on preservation of the fragile ecosystem of the region. Key to these is engaging with the inhabitants of the region who offer a rich heritage of traditional practices; Ecosphere is deeply invested in it.
More information can be found at:


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The India Learning Abroad Program is a new 4 week summer learning abroad program in Kaza, District of Lahaul &Spiti,Himachal Pradesh India. Students enrolled in this program will travel abroad to work on projects related to geosciences, public health, dentistry, engineering and business aimed at improving health, fostering sustainable development through entrepreneurship and creation of livelihoods. The group will team with local communities, key contacts and community development partners to establish and assess ongoing activities in that region. Preparation for this work will take place the semester prior to traveling. Academic credit will be awarded (India 4 weeks – Four credits).

The Experience

Fieldwork will be conducted in Kaza and surrounding villages. Besides being involved in education, service and research projects, the students will get enriching opportunities of cross cultural learning and global citizenship as this region offers an insight to Buddhist way of life with a Tibetan influence. The region is dotted with ancient gompas (monasteries) which are a treasure house of paintings, scriptures, and artefacts dated as far as back to the birth of Buddhism. Tabo monastery, the oldest in this region, dates back to more than thousand years. Weekend trekking and camping in the remotest and highest parts of the world across the mighty Himalayan landscape will be a unique experience. The trip will end with a visit to the Taj Mahal.

We will be using a community-engaged approach to assure our work is focused on the needs of the rural and peri-urban communities.

Through participation in the pre-departure orientation sessions and on-site field work, students will learn about cultural, social, and health issues currently challenging communities most vulnerable living in the remotest parts of the world. Participants will see the workings of the Indian non governmental, government, academic, and community systems in the region. While in country, participants will divide into teams and work in rural communities to strengthen relationships with local partners, conduct surveys, and assess conditions that affect health and development. Work will take students into rural communities, homes, health posts, non-profit partner organizations, and government facilities. Research projects and interventions will be co-constructed with host entities and the University of Utah.

Education and Exploration Activities:

    • Women's Health (Menstrual hygiene management: understanding current practices and self-help group participation at village level)
    • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (water quality assessment)
    • Indoor Air Quality (among school going children, youth and adults in the communities)
    • Oral Health
    • Health Systems (Understanding the local Primary healthcare model which is a mix of Western and traditional Tibetan medicine)
    • Rural Development

Experience the landscape, history and culture of India

Students will be given time to enjoy the rich culture that India has to offer. With each city visited time will be taken as a group to visit places of historical, cultural and geographical significance. Travel arrangements will be made by the program coordinator. Price of the excursions will be included. Independent travel may be done after the learning abroad course, at the students own expense.

    • Local Sightseeing- Kaza and Spiti Valley
    • End of travel to Taj Mahal, Agra
Taj Mahal
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Contact Information

TP Singh, MDS, MPH
Email: tp.singh@utah.edu

Pamela Lyon
Email: pamela.lyon@utah.edu
Phone: 801-585-5303

Office Hours

Tuesday's 1:00-2:00 pm MST
Thursday's 3:00-4:00 pm MST