The Himalayas form the border between the world's two largest nations; China and India. Here lies Nepal. Since the peace agreement in 2006, Nepal is a democratic republic, with 30 million inhabitants spreading from the Gangess, up the foot of the Himalayas to the highest peaks and over to Tibet.
Pokhara is Nepal's second largest city with around 230,000 inhabitants. The city has been an important point on the trade route between India and China. And later for mountain tours in the Himalayas, and as a starting point for mountain trips to the Annapurna Massif. From Pokharas tropical climate you have a stunning view of 8000 meters of high snowy mountains.
The programme fee includes accommodation, and breakfast all school days. The student houses are located in close proximity to each other in the centre of the city, near the lakeside. The students mainly stay in double or quadruple rooms. It is however possible to pay more and stay in a single room. You can also choose to arrange your own accommodation and get a deduction in the fee.
The food in Nepal is in general both delicious and cheap, reflecting both old and new trade routes.
Student blog from Nepal
On this blog you will find posts with great photos from student life in Nepal.
Travel in India and Nepal
Many students take the opportunity to explore the region before and/or after the study period. The studies and life in Nepal will be the natural focus during the semester, but there will be opportunities for short weekend trips.
Continue the semester in Pondicherry, India
Following the 10 weeks of classes in Pokhara, Nepal, you'll have to write an end of semester exam. As you can write this exam anywhere in the world, we suggest you take it with you to the beach town of Pondicherry in southern India. The reason for this is that the Peace of Conflict study originally took place in Pondicherry, before it moved to Nepal. Therefore we can easily assist you in your organisation of your travel there, both in terms of practicalities, but also by putting you in contact with some of our friends in Pondicherry!
If you want to backpack further in India and Asia, you may find someone to travel with among your fellow students. We'll help you with advice and tips.
You don't have to decide whether you want to go to India until after you've been in Nepal for a while.
The climate in Pokhara is subtropical. So it is generally hot except for mid winter. Please find average temperatures and rain per month on Wikipedia.
Interview with student Aashika
“Being a South Asian getting an opportunity to know the different perspectives of South Asia especially from a peace and conflict point of view and apart from it getting a chance to explore the European way of learning was a push factor for me.”
You arrange your flights yourself. But we recommend that you buy flexible tickets. Plans often change when you make new friends. Many students decide to combine their studies with travelling before or after their study period. Our travel agent can organise joint departures for those who wish to travel with fellow students. If you have registered for a course you will receive more information on this in due time. You should not buy tickets before you receive a go ahead for this from Kulturstudier.
With Kulturstudier you can study in Nepal, with fully transferable credits (ECTS - European Credit Transfer System), which will qualify for financing from many European state educational loan funds.
In addition to the programme fee (that includes accommodation) you will need at least 3000 Euro for travel, books, pocket money and other expenses.
Courses in Nepal
Facts on Nepal
147.181 sq km
Kathmandu (1,2 mill)
GDP per capita
$3,800 (2021 est.)
Nepale rupee: 100 NPR = 0,75 USD
Hindu 81.2%, Buddhist 8,2%, Muslim 5,1%, Kirant 3.2%, Christian 1.8%, other 0.5% (2021 est.)
72,7 % (2023 est.)
Population below poverty line
25,2 % (2011)