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This is the program brochure page.
  • Locations: Chitwan, Nepal; Kathmandu, Nepal; Nawalparasi District, Nepal; Pokhara, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.


SFIS group


Given the environmental and socio-economic realities of 21st century, business-as-usual strategy for growth in has not proven to be the optimal path. This realization has prompted calls for a new green industrial revolution, transition to low-carbon economy, or for more radical restructuring of growth, and greater emphasis on green technology and/or green capitalism focused on societal well-being. Research indicates that social wellbeing and living standards can be raised around the world only if economic growth and development are accompanied by action to protect the environment as well as well-being of all members of society.

Quick Facts

  • May 18 - June 7, 2020
  • Comparative community-based research and stakeholder focused workshops to be conducted in Nepal.
  • Students will gain in-field experiences on farms in sustainable and integrated agriculture.
  • Earn 3 credits for the course on the program (Summer)

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.



SIFS view nepal


Location Details

Kathmandu is an alluring whirlwind of sights, sounds, smells, and colors. Kathmandu is the capital, and with its suburbs, it is the largest metropolitan area in Nepal. Kathmandu valley has a population over 2.5 million people. In 2001 there were only 1.7 million people. With the rapid growth and migration to urban centers, we will meet with urban planners and senior development officials from the government and NGOs to gain a deeper picture of how Nepal is tackling this transition.
Three of the highest mountains in the world are within 30 miles of Pokhara. We will be living in a small farming community just outside of Pokhara. Pokhara has one of the highest precipitation rates in Nepal making an excellent environment for farming.  In the valley there are 8 lakes and 14 rivers. Our time in rural Nepal will help you gain a better understanding of how small farmers can survive the transition from a rural lifestyle to an urban setting.


Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to all majors.

  • Exceptional undergraduate freshmen and sophomore students will also be eligible

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5

  • Desired qualification:  Students who have taken SOS 110/111 or SOS 100/300

Students that do not meet the listed qualifications may be considered on an individual basis, if space is available.


Students will enroll in one of the following courses for a total of 3 credits: 

  • SOS/FIS 494: Innovation in Green Growth in Nepal
  • SOS/GTD 598 : Innovation in Green Growth in Nepal



Faculty Directors

Dr. Netra Chhetri
Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Office: Interdisciplinary Building B 366B 
Phone: 480.727.0747

Megan Joyce
Doctoral Student, Innovation in Global Development
School for the Future of Innovation in Society


Netra Chhetri

Megan Joyce


SFIS Innovation group work

Program Housing

Students will live in a mix of clean, modest, and low-cost housing and hotels.  Commercial transportation will be hired to transport us on field trips, for daily transportation to project sites in Pokhara, and for transport from Pokhara to Kathmandu.  Faculty will be housed in the same location as students.  Some lunches and dinners are also included.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.The Innovation in Green Growth in Nepal program involves activities where students will be working with local communities to build things and help in agricultural settings. 

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Nepal, most public buildings are inaccessible and inconsistent inspection results in construction of new facilities that are not accessible. Public transportation for persons with disabilities is very limited.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Nepal conservative cultural ideals influence societal norms, making LGBTQIA identity expression cause for possible discrimination. LGBTQIA travelers may wish to be discreet.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Nepal some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. 

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $4,090.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for 3 credits, housing, in-country transportation to site visits and cultural excursions, some group meals, and international health insurance. Not included: Some group meals, passport, student fees, independent travel, and personal expenses.  

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020
Rolling Admission 05/18/2020 06/07/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.