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.
Kathmandu and Pokhara
The semester begins with two weeks in the capital Kathmandu before we settle in Nepal's second largest city, Pokhara, 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 and lunch 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.
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.
Student blog from Nepal
On this blog you will find posts with great photos from student life in Nepal.
The climate in Pokhara and Kathmandu is subtropical. So it is generally hot except for mid winter. Please find average temperatures and rain per month on Wikipedia.
Kulturstudier means new perspectives
—Studying with scholarship students is a great asset. They contribute with extremely good insight in class and when doing fieldwork, and they always know something the other students cannot read in their books. But the best part is how they contribute culturally and socially, and you really get to connect with the social surroundings and society through them, says previous student Mia Strand.
You arrange your flights yourself. But we recommend that you buy flexible tickets. Plans often change when you make new friends.
You can ask for help from our travel agent GoXplore. They arrange joint flights to Kathmandu for our students, with airport pick up. You can contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org
To ensure that all our students are correctly insured throughout the semester, Kulturstudier arranges a group insurance with Gouda Travel Insurance. This insurance is mandatory for Nordic and German students. Students of other nationalities must buy equivalent insurance in their home country.
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.
Facts on Nepal
147.181 sq km
Kathmandu (1,2 mill)
GDP per person
Nepale rupee: 100 NPR = 1 USD
Hindu 81.3%, Buddhist 9%, Muslim 4.4%, Kirant 3.1%, Christian 1.4%
Population below poverty line
25 % (2011)