Emory Tibetan Studies Program


Situated in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas and home to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dharamsala is the capital of the Tibetan exile community. Within this remarkably beautiful and culturally rich environment, Emory University and its partner the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics (IBD) offer two study abroad programs (Spring Semester and Summer Term) for students interested in both India and Tibet.  Both programs are open to undergraduate students from any accredited university.

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The Visit 2013: His Holiness XIV Dalai Lama visits Emory's campus

Emory Tibetan Studies Program Celebrates 12 Years

Reaching out to Tibetan Refugees- NAFSA International Educator article, November 2012

The Emory-Tibet Partnership (ETP) is a unique educational endeavor, bringing together the best of the Western and Tibetan Buddhist intellectual traditions for their mutual enrichment and for the discovery of new knowledge. Our programs explore the convergence of science and inner values in an effort to address humanity’s greatest problems on more than a material level. By advancing an understanding of reality that incorporates both heart and mind, we believe we can find better ways to relieve human suffering.  This work takes many forms, beginning with a facilitation of Emory College’s academic and cultural exchange programs. Emory offers two unique study abroad programs: the Tibetan Studies Semester Abroad program, and the Tibetan Mind-Body Sciences Summer Abroad program, both offered via a partnership with the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics (IBD) in Dharamsala, India.

tibetan_1Study Tibetan culture, philosophy, meditation, and language with Emory and Institute of Buddhist Dialectics scholars. Attend special classes with the Dalai Lama, the Karmapa, PM Lobsang Sangey, and other local experts. Immerse yourself in the community by living with Tibetan college students and homestay families, participating in festivals and cultural events, doing internships, and researching Tibet-related topics of your choice. Click here for student blog.

For information on the academic courses and application, please click here.

tibetanscienceMeet leading spiritual teachers of the Tibetan tradition, including the Dalai Lama.  Engage with researchers in dialogue between Tibetan Buddhism and modern science. Study Buddhist philosophy, culture, contemplative practice and Tibetan Medicine.  Engage with Tibetan monks and nuns studying neuroscience, biology, and physics. Click here to read the Summer 2012 Blog.

For information on the academic courses and application, please click here.


Emory's Center for International Programs Abroad (CIPA) supported a sustainability initiative for a solar water heating system in the new building on the College for Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarah in Dharamsala, India (pictured on right).

The College for Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarah is a branch college under the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala. During the Emory Tibetan study abroad programs offered in spring semester and summer term, Emory students and faculty live on the Sarah campus.  Science faculty working with the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative also live at Sarah during the summer.


Fundraising Goal: $6,000

CIPA, in partnership with Emory College Development and Alumni Relations, reached out to past study abroad participants and alumni to support the initiative.  As of January 2014, we have reached over 65% of our fundraising goal.  One common misconception about giving is that only large gifts make a difference, but the truth is that participation counts and gifts of all sizes have a tremendous influence.  Thank you to all the individual donors who made this initiative a success.

To donate, follow these steps:

Step 1: Click on the Online Donate Form (see sample image on right)
Step 2: Designate fund to College of Arts and Sciences, Select Fund: Other
Step 3: Center for International Programs
Step 4: Appeal Code E2CTS
Step 5: Click NEXT to complete donation

For questions about the initiative, please contact Brenda Tran at btran02@emory.edu or 404-712-8764.


Pictured left: Emory Founding Director Dr. Tara Doyle and IBD Assistant Director Geshe Kalsang Damdul together with Emory Tibetan Studies program alumni celebrating the 12th anniversary of partnership between IBD and Emory.tibetandonate