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  • Locations: Bellingham, Washington, United States; Ladakh, India;
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Global Learning Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Fields of Study: Culture, Ecology, Service Learning Housing Options: Other
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:
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WWU Global Learning Program: 
India- Himalaya Cultures & Ecology: Field Program in Ladakh

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Course: FAIR 437b (10 credits) Culture & Ecology: Field Program in Ladakh, India

Program Dates: June 25 - July 31, 2018
Travel Dates: July 1 - 31, 2018

Itinerary: Summer Ladakh 2018 Itinerary.pdf


Program Description:

Ladakh, in northern India, is one of highest and most remote human habitats on earth. Located between the Himalaya range to the south and the Karakoram range to the north, it is a region beset by water scarcity, fragile ecosystems and extreme climatic variation. Ladakhis have resourcefully dealt with these harsh conditions for over a thousand years, using longstanding practices that integrate environmental knowledge with social and religious understandings. Now confronting globalization and climate change, they are grappling with how to develop in a sustainable manner. These environmental challenges represent a unique natural setting for first-hand understanding of social adaptation and sustainability.

The program, run in partnership with the Institute for Village Studies, is an intensive field course that encompasses academic studies in Himalayan culture, history, religion, sociology, and ecology, with service learning projects. A primary focus will be on how Himalaya communities respond to critical social and environmental challenges in ways that promote sustainability and wellbeing. The five-week program includes four and half weeks in northern India, where we will work on our Artificial Glacier Project with Stongdey Village and assist the Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust in their community-based conservation projects.  

To learn more, check out our website, Himalaya Cultures & Ecology.

Program or Course Highlights: Himalaya Group Mountain Pass

  • Study community-based conservation, cultural survival, and adaptation to climate change
  • Work with the Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust on wildlife conservation projects
  • Spend 4.5 weeks in a remote region of the Western Himalayas
  • Trek in the dramatic Zanskar Valley
  • 10 credits


Peter Impara
Office: FA 348
Phone: 360-650-6680

Program Cost:

See the Budget Sheet.



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Program Ratings:
Academic Experience:
1 2 3 4 5
Program Value:
1 2 3 4 5
Housing Experience:
1 2 3 4 5
Cultural Immersion:
1 2 3 4 5
Program Administration:
1 2 3 4 5
Overall Experience:
1 2 3 4 5

This program is currently not accepting applications.