Summer Program in Nepal (SPIN)
Culture and Mental Health
Nepal, a country famous for being home of one-third of the Himalayan Mountain Range, is also rich in both history and culture. With a population of nearly 30 million, its people also exhibit great diversity. Its traditions and social practices are shaped by exposure to globalism, urbanization, democracy and issues of universal human rights. In places like Kathmandu, these factors are palpable, but in rural areas where the vast majority of people still farm or herd animals, they are less pronounced.
Wake Forest University's Summer Program in Nepal (SPIN) is based in a semi-urban town about 100 miles west of Kathmandu. During the program, students conduct research on how social status affects peoples' lives. They also work on a development project in assisting in assessing community needs of marginalized people and planning to meet those needs. Needs focus on poverty, education, health and the needs of women and children.
Summer Session I, 2014
A Wake Forest faculty member travels and stays in Nepal to oversee program academics and teach required courses. Courses include ANT 383 (basic Nepali language and culture) and ANT 384 (development related research).
Activities and Excursions
Other activities include trekking the Langtang Trail and visits to cultural and educational sites such as the Royal Palace in Patan, Boudanath, Marsangdi College, hospitals and religious temples.
Primarily homestays; two students per family.
The total cost of summer study abroad can be broken down into four categories:
*Program Fee - Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program.
*Tuition – Students on WFU summer programs pay WFU summer school tuition per credit hour. The 2013 summer rate was $880/per credit hour, expect a small increase for 2014.
*Airfare (estimated) – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
*Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the students' spending habits, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.
Program Fee (estimated) - $4,350
Tuition (6 hrs, estimated) - $5,280
Airfare (estimated) - International airfare included in program fee. Students are responsible for transportation to departure airport
Personal Expenses (estimated) ~ $700
Estimated total cost - $10,330
*Good academic standing
*Open to all majors
For information on scholarships, please contact the Center for International Studies.
Dr. Steven Folmar, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Phone: (336) 758 6065