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Thimphu is the capital city of the Kingdom of Bhutan, and is located in the western part of the country at around 2,300 meters (7,545 feet) above sea level. The city has a population around 100,000 people, including expats from India, Japan, Thailand, Europe, and the U.S. The fertile river valley in which Thimphu sits features many ancient monuments, fortresses, and temples, and is beginning to see some controlled and modern development as well. Indeed, sustainable development and environmental sustainability are very important concepts in Thimphu specifically, and Bhutan in general. Two of Bhutan’s biggest industries are travel and hydro-electric power, so it is in the country’s best interests and it’s philosophy to establish a harmony between these forces.Since Bhutanonly opened up to the outside world in the past decade or so, it still retains a very authentic feel, with few, if any, western influences such as restaurants, stores, or brands. This affords students and visitors a unique opportunity to truly immerse themselves into a country and culture in a way that they’d be unlikely to doin a more traditional destination. Discover the magic for yourself and study abroad in Thimphu with API!API students who study abroad inThimphu, Bhutan will be able to directly enroll with Bhutanese students and take courses as only a few fortunate westerners are able to do! Students will take courses with Bhutanese students in a variety of subject areas, including international business, computer science, Dzongka (traditional Bhutanese language), environmental studies, sustainable development, and much more!INTERNSHIPSAPI students have the option to participate in a for-credit internship monitored by a Bhutanese faculty member at RTC . Students will be assessed based on weekly check-ins and reports from the student and internship supervisor, and a final project or paper. The internship is graded and will follow the same grading system as the rest of RTC credited courses. Internship placements may include working with local primary schools, NGOs, government organizations and other social and environmental agencies. Studentsshould indicate their preferred area of placement during the application process,and provide a short essay explaining the type of work they are looking to do andhow that will apply to their degree plan or future career ambitions. More informationand guidance will be provided upon acceptance. This invaluable experience willallow students to not only learn about the policies of a developing nation, but togive back to the host community while earning credits at the same time! Note that students who are unable or unwilling to complete an internship may substitute an additional course at RTC.