Students will receive 15 quarter credits/10 semester credits from Western Washington University. Our staff will be happy to explain the program in further detail to the applicant’s advisor, if necessary. This field studies program gives credit in three courses:
ESCI 437A, Environmental Wildlands Studies (5 quarter credits/3.35 semester credits)
ESCI 437B, Environmental Field Survey (5 quarter credits/3.35 semester credits)
ESCI 437C, Wildlands Environment and Culture (5 quarter credits/3.35 semester credits)
Students will be evaluated on the basis of: 1) active participation in all scheduled class and field activities; 2) examinations and quizzes; 3) field journals; 4) independent research papers/essays; and 5) the design, implementation and presentation of a mini-group project.
Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner. Wildlands Studies reserves the right to require any student to withdraw from the program if their conduct is detrimental to or incompatible with the interests, safety, or welfare of any course participants. We ask all students to read the Student Program Manual before joining the program on-site.
Participants will fly into Delhi, India and meet at the Delhi Airport. Participants can decide whether to fly home on the scheduled date or remain in Asia to travel on their own.
The format of our program is an extended foot journey through the varied landscapes of the Kumaon Himalaya conducting ecological field studies. Most of the hiking trails that we’ll use are narrow mountain footpaths, sometimes rather steep. Most nights, we’ll stay in established camps near small towns or villages. Some nights we’ll camp in the backcountry at remote, breathtakingly spectacular sites. Occasionally we may stay in a lodge with electricity and hot water.
Participants are required to provide their own camping and hiking equipment for this program, including a sleeping bag, backpack, duffel, and water filter. You may bring your own tent, or use one of ours. Stoves and other cooking supplies will be provided for the group.
All reasonable efforts will be made to follow the activities outlined above. However, please understand that on our Himalayan program, travel arrangements can remain slightly uncertain until the traveling actually occurs. Weather conditions, road closures, political and bureaucratic considerations may affect our plans. Wildlands Studies has put together a unique and innovative program, so team members need to be flexible, patient and prepared to adapt to unexpected situations. Being flexible also allows us to take advantage of unique opportunities that inadvertently arise during our journeys, often producing some of the program’s most memorable moments.
Primarily camping, occasional guest house or rural lodge.
You will need a current passport that does not expire until six months after the end of the program. You also need to obtain a tourist visa for India. The visa is available from an Indian Embassy in the United States (or in most countries except India). Indian visas are not issued upon arrival in India – you must obtain your Indian visa in advance. We will provide full instructions in our logistical packet on how to obtain your Indian visa.
The course will be taught English.
Detailed information regarding travel and visa information, equipment requirements, food costs, meeting plans, group expenses payment, medical and vaccination recommendations, and academic preparations will be sent to all team members in a logistics letter emailed about 10-12 weeks before the program initiates.