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  • Locations: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 04/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 06/04/2020 07/11/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Provider: CSU Chico Program Type: Study Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing Eligibility: Sophomore (30+ units) Minimum GPA: 2.0
Financial Aid: Grants (if applicable), Loans, Scholarships Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:
Faculty-Led Program: Nepal: Cross-Cultural Exploration in Development

Program Highlights: 
Spend your summer exploring Kathmandu, Nepal! This program will allow you to learn about food production systems that have evolved to fit the needs of local cultures and consumers as well as global health, religion and nature.

In a five week adventure, this program will explore the ecology of food production and ideas about sustainable practices and religion. The classes will also compare agricultural systems like that of Nepal with the mechanized production systems that define United States agriculture. Our class will study with a class of Nepalese students in order to gain a more in-depth appreciation of the local culture and practices.

Location: Nepal: Kathmandu, Timbu, Malamchigyang & Tarkegyang

Program Dates: June 4 - July 11, 2020.
Program Itinerary: 
Nepal 2020 Itinerary.pdf
Note: These courses will also fulfill two upper division GE pathway courses (UD-B and UD-C), the Global Cultures (GC) requirement, and one Writing (W) requirement.  
Faculty Leaders:
Dr. Rich Rosecrance, Agriculture:
Dr. Rosecrance worked in Nepal for 3 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer and at Save the Children before earning a PhD from University of California, Davis in Agroecology.  He has taught in countries oversees including at the University of the South Pacific in Samoa, Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and Cukurova University in Turkey. He has also taught in Costa Rica with the USAC program. His research has focused on agroecological topics that impact fruit/nut tree industries including tree usage of water and essential mineral nutrients.  He received a Fulbright in 2004 and 2014 in South Africa and Turkey, respectively, to work on fruit tree nutrition.  At CSU, Chico he teaches courses in agroecology, fruit and nut production, and wines.

Dr. Lee Altier, Olericulture/ Agroecology: 
Lee Altier was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal for three years.  Throughout his career, he has explored and promoted management that maintains the integrity of human and ecological relationships in support of healthy, vibrant food systems.  He currently is a vegetable horticulturist in the College of Agriculture at Chico State University.  He has spent many summers with students in study abroad programs in Thailand and Nepal.  When he is not in a classroom or farm field, Lee is often riding his bike in the Sierra foothills or backcountry skiing on Mt. Lassen.

Number of Participants Accepted: 8 (minimum) – 16 (maximum)
Accommodations & Meals Included:
  • Housing: ​Homestay accommodations with linens and towels included.
  • Meals: daily breakfast in the homestays in each location, a welcome dinner, a farewell dinner, and occasional meals on excursions as listed in the itinerary (link here).
 Program Cost: $4,375, includes:
  • Academic Course Fees (6 units): $1,800
  • Program Fees, Foreign Travel Insurance, Housing and some meals: $2,575
Note: Above program fees do not include round-trip international airfare, meals other than those listed in the program, laundry, or personal expenses (estimated to be approximately $2,000).

Application Deadline & Fee Schedule:  
  • April 1, 2020: Deposit Deadline of $500 due (non-refundable if program has sufficient amount of students by 03/01/2020), paid to CSU, Chico Regional & Continuing Education. This program can accept applications after this date on a space available basis.
  • April 15, 2020: Final Program Fees of $2,075 due, paid to CSU, Chico Regional & Continuing Education. Study Abroad/RCE reserves the right to withdraw students who are not paid in full by the final payment deadline. 
  • May 1, 2020: Unit fees of $1,800 due, paid to CSU, Chico Regional & Continuing Education (RCE).
  • Participants in this program must have a valid passport that expires no sooner than 6 months after the return date of the program. Those needing a U.S. Passport can apply in the Passport Place at CSU, Chico, located in the Student Services Center Room 440. 
  • Routine service for first time applicants (age 16 and over) takes 6 -8 weeks from form DS11 submission date.
  • Expedited services for first time applicants (ages 16 and over) takes 2 -3 weeks from form DS11 submission date. There is an additional fee for this service.
  • For more information, go to the Chico State Passport Place website