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  • Locations: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Program Terms: January
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: UMAIE 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel Program Type: Study Abroad
Program Description:
Required Readings
1) Classical Hindu Mythology, by Cornelia Dimmitt & J.A.B. van Buitenen, Temple University Press.         
2) The Lonely Planet Guide to Nepal, by Mayhew et al., Lonely Planet Guides.                     
3) One Amar Chitra Katha Indian mythological comic book from India, purchased online                                                                               
4) Hindu, Buddhist, & Tantric Gods & Goddesses, Manjupurias, Scholar’s Nest Publishing.
5) What the Buddha Taught, Rahula, Grove Press.
6) Selected Buddhist Sutras from
1)   Attendance & Participation (10%)
2)   Iconography Test (10%)                                                                                                             
3)   Site Visit Presentation (10%)
4)   Reading Presentation (10%)
5)   Fieldwork Presentation (20%)                                                                                                                        
6)   Philosophy Paper (20%)
7)   Fieldwork paper (10%)
8)   Final Reflection Paper (10%)
Faculty Directors
Emily West, St. Catherine University (651) 690.6069, email:
Jeff Johnson, St. Catherine University (651) 690.6801, email:

Description of Faculty Directors
Emily Dr. West is an Associate Professor at St. Catherine University. Her Ph.D. is in Classics, with a specific concentration on the Sanskrit language, and most of her research is based on Hindu religious literature. Art History has been a passion of hers since a particularly formative high-school AP course, and was a substantial component of her college and graduate work. The devotional art of India and its formal iconography has been a particular focus of ongoing learning for Dr. West.  In 1989-90, she participated in the University of Wisconsin College Year in Nepal program, and lived in the Kathmandu Valley and did fieldwork on its river system. The months of hiking the valley’s waterways that this required left Dr. West with an intimate knowledge of its geography, road networks, and temple types and distribution.  This will be Dr. West’s 3rd time teaching a UMAIE course, and second time co-leading Hindu and Buddhist Art, Architecture and Mythology in the Kathmandu Valley.
Jeff Johnson Dr. Johnson is an Assistant Professor at St. Catherine University in the Philosophy Department. He has done research in Asian Philosophy, including Buddhist philosophy and some Indian Philosophy. Dr. Johnson has taught the Upanishads, The Bhagavad Gita, and a number of Buddhist Sutras in a World Religion course.  This will be Dr. Johnson’s 2nd time co-leading Hindu and Buddhist Art, Architecture and Mythology in the Kathmandu Valley.
Application Procedures & Deadline
· Select the Apply Now button at the top to start your online application.
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· All applications received by your home institutions priority deadline will be sent to the faculty immediately. Applications will be taken after that deadline for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1, 2018.

Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

For more information on course content, contact: Prof. Emily West
On application procedures or logistical information, contact your study abroad office. 

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.