Raft the Ganges River. Trek in the foothill forests of the Himalayas. Explore India’s mountain culture and environmental history.
CMC’s study abroad program will immerse students in the culture and landscapes of India’s Himalayan Mountains. Students will gain new perspectives and have the experience of a lifetime while earning six CMC credits. The study abroad program is open to ALL students, new or current. To be eligible you must register for the three courses – River Orientation (OUT 116), Trekking (OUT 104), and Exploring Other Cultures (ANT 221) – and apply for the study abroad trip by December 1.
The 2018 Himalayan India Study Abroad program is scheduled for May 7 – May 24. There will also be mandatory pre-trip meetings, as well as online and hybrid components leading up to in-country travel.
During this 18-day study abroad experience students will explore temples, trek on the Himalayan Trail and raft on the Ganga River. Activities will fulfill the course and credit requirements for River Orientation (OUT 116), Trekking (OUT 104), and Exploring Other Cultures (ANT 221).
Students will be hiking on rough uneven terrain, working with local porters and guides, trekking over rocks, boulders, logs, possible snow, as well as cross streams and ascend and descend steep slopes. Some days will require ascending 2,000 – 6,000 feet in a day. Students will be expected to take care of themselves, sleep in tents, and endure long, physically demanding days on the trail and on the river. Suggested fitness preparation for this trip includes walking, hiking, and paddling.
Colorado Mountain College students have visited the area previously on the 2016 CMC Himalayan India Abroad trip. The 2016 experience was also led by Trey Shelton, Outdoor Studies Program Manager, who is eager to return and expose more CMC students to the culture of the Himalayas.
Cost & Scholarships
Study Abroad Application & Scholarship Deadline is December 1
The cost to attend is $2500 and includes all activities, travel insurance, all ground transportation and lodging, guides, porters, cooks and related gratuity, rafting equipment and most meals. The cost excludes airfare, tuition, visas, and immunizations. $1500 is due with application and the additional $1000 due by March 1st, 2018.
Various scholarship opportunities are available for students interested in participating in the 2018 Himalayan India Study Abroad experience, including a potential “full ride” scholarship through CMC. Download the CMC Study Abroad Scholarship Application and submit to Trey Shelton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeremy Deem at email@example.com no later than December 1. Download a list of additional scholarship leads to apply for or contact Marc Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Study abroad scholarships are a common form of financial support and make experiences like this possible for many students, each year.
For more information or to apply contact Trey Shelton at email@example.com or Jeremy Deem at firstname.lastname@example.org.