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This is the program brochure page.
  • Locations: Guangzhou, China; Kathmandu, Nepal; Nawalparasi District, Nepal; Pokhara, Nepal; Shishou, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description



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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

  • June 8 - June 30, 2019
  • Comparative community-based research and stakeholder focused workshops to be conducted in two countries: Nepal and China.
  • Learn alongside student peers in both countries, gain in-field experiences on the farms in sustainable and integrated agriculture.
  • Attend classes and study alongside local Nepali and Chinese students.
  • Earn 3 credits for the course on the program (Summer)
  • Earn 1 credit for the mandatory pre-departure course (Spring)



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Nepal - Terraced Foothills


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.

We will spend time in Guangzhou and Shishou. We will visit integrated farms and participate in workshops conducted with the local university and other stakeholders.

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 2.0

  • 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 4 credits: 

  • SOS/FIS/EGR 494 : Innovation in Green Growth in China and Nepal
  • SOS/GTD/EGR 598 : Innovation in Green Growth in China and Nepal
In addition, all students must register for a mandatory 1-credit pre-departure course in the Spring 2019 B Session. 


Nepal - Kathmandu Street Vendors


Faculty Directors

Dr. Nalini Chhetri
Assistant Director (School for the Future of Innovation in Society)
Lecturer (School of Sustainability)
Office: Wrigley Hall 320
Phone: 480.965.3099

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

Additional Faculty

Dr. John (Marty) Anderies
Professor (School of Human Evolution and Social Change)
Office: Matthews Hall, Room 102
Phone: 480.965.6518




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.


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. While in Nepal and China, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation difficult.  Nepali law prohibits discrimination against persons who have physical and mental disabilities, including discrimination in employment, education, access to health care, and in the provision of other state services.  The law mandates access to buildings, transportation, employment, education, and other state services, but these provisions generally are not enforced. Nepal’s poor infrastructure makes it impracticable in many cases for a mobility-impaired traveler to move around the country, including within the Kathmandu Valley.  The government is largely ineffective in implementing or enforcing laws regarding persons with disabilities.  Except for a few clinics and hospitals, Nepal mostly lacks accessible and appropriate accommodation for individuals with disabilities. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

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Nepal - Annapurna Mtn. Range


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2019 is $4,675.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for 3 credits, housing, in-country transportation to site visits and cultural excursions, flight from Nepal to China, some group meals, and international health insurance. Not included: Airfare to Nepal and from China, most 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 2019 03/08/2019
Rolling Admission 06/08/2019 06/30/2019
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until Study Abroad Office contacts you to do so.

** 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.