Emory's Tibetan Studies Programs
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.
Spring 2016: October 16, 2015
Summer 2016: mid-February 2016
In the News:
The Emory Tibetan Studies Program began in 2001 in partnership with the prestigious center of Tibetan higher education, the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics (IBD). The spring semester program in Dharamsala, India is the oldest continuous manifestation of the Emory-Tibet Partnership (ETP), which was founded in 1998 to bring together the best of the Western and Tibetan Buddhist intellectual traditions for their mutual enrichment and for the discovery of new knowledge.
Since its inaugural year, the study abroad program has hosted students from Emory and more than forty American and Canadian universities. Emory’s partnership with IBD has facilitated the on-going exchange of students and scholars, through both this decade-long semester study abroad program as well as the creation in 2009 of the summer program focusing on Tibetan Mind/Body Sciences. The partnership continues to serve as an invaluable academic, cultural, and personal bridge between the Emory and Tibetan exile communities.
Study Tibetan culture, philosophy, meditation, and language with Emory and Institute of Buddhist Dialectics scholars. Attend special classes with the Dalai Lama, the Karmapa, Prime Minister Lobsang Sangey, and other local experts. Immerse yourself in the community by living with Tibetan college students and homestay families, participating in Tibetan and Indian festivals and cultural events, doing internships, and researching Tibet-related topics of your choice.
Meet 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.