A group of 23 undergraduate students from different universities/colleges of the United States of America (USA) are in Bhutan to attend a 3 month Fall Semester Program on Himalayan Environment and Society in Transition that started from September 2, 2019. The Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER), Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS); the Bhutan Ecological Society (BES); and the School for Field Studies (SFS) based at Massachusetts, USA jointly host the interdisciplinary field-based course in Bhutan. The students undertake three main courses on i) Political and Socioeconomic Dimensions of Environment; ii) Mountain Ecology; and iii) Land Use, Natural Resources, and Conservation. The students also get an opportunity to carryout directed field research and to learn about Bhutan’s basic religion and culture.
SFS is a not-for-profit corporation based in the USA (http://www.fieldstudies.org/). SFS organizes field-based environmental education and research programs for undergraduate students to develop environmentally literate citizens, and to promote sustainability of the world’s natural resources. SFS organizes its programs in ten different countries all over the world. The Bhutan Program was started in 2010 with a six week Summer Program.