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A sunrise over clouds in Nepal
Three BC students in Nepal

Situated slightly southeast of Nepal’s center, Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and the largest city in the country. For centuries, the city has been a center of religious art and architecture of both Hindu and Buddhist traditions. The Centre for Buddhist Studies is located in Boudhanath in the Kathmandu valley about a half hour drive from Kathmandu. Boudhanath is regarded as one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in South Asia because it contains one of the world’s largest and holiest reliquary mounds (the Jarung Kashor Stupa, also refered to as “the Boudha Stupa”) where Buddhists from all over Asia come to offer ritual reverence. Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s monastery, where the Centre for Buddhist Studies is located, is a major training facility for Tibetan monks and nuns, surrounded by both Tibetan refugee and Nepali communities. It is a place where BC students have the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in the cultures of living Tibetan Buddhism and Nepali life. The city is renowned for the beauty of its ancient temples and city squares.

BC Programs - Semester & Academic Year

BC students wishing to study in Nepal have the opportunity to study at the Center for Buddhist Studies in Kathmandu, which offers excellent academic programs and access to the Nepali capital.

Speak to an OIP Advisor

In preparation for your study abroad in Nepal, you will work with a Boston College OIP Advisor who specializes in this country and in BC's programs there. Your advisor will help guide you through the application and pre-departure process, as well as act as your main contact with BC while abroad. For students studying abroad in Nepal, your advisor is Christina Hatzipetros. To find out more information about this program, or to schedule an appointment with Christina, please click here.


Currency in Nepal

The Nepalese Rupee is the currency of Nepal.  The currency code for Rupees is NPR, and the currency symbol is ₨.

ATM's are avilable, but using an ATM attached to a bank during business hours will minimise the potential for hassle.

It is important to remember that rupees and US dollars are not equal, however, and students should consult a currency conversion calculator.

BC group on Nepalese kitchen

Current Events & News Resources

In preparation for your time in Nepal, you should familiarize yourself with the current events and contemporary issues facing the Nepali Republic. By knowing about your host country before you arrive, you are making yourself a more informed traveler, a more receptive student and a better prepared individual. It is also helpful to know about your host country so you can pack correctly. Following these and other news sources will be of great value in preparing you for your time abroad.


Language & Customs

There are a number of languages spoken throughout Nepal, including Nepali and various Tibetan dialects, but students will have a language course mandated as part of their curriculum.

Nepalese customs may be very different than many in the United States. It is best to familiarize yourself with acceptable practices before you arrive in the country. Some tips for successful cultural integration may be found here.


Visa Information

Students must apply for a tourist visa, which can be extended up to 120-150 days through CBS after their arrival. Please visit the Nepali Embassy website to view necessary visa information.

Embassy Registration

Americans living in or visiting Nepal are strongly encouraged to register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Nepal and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Nepal. The U.S. Embassy is located at Maharajgunj in Kathmandu, telephone (977)-(1]-400-7200 Fax: (977)-(1)-400-7272. For US Citizen Services, contact (977)-(1)-400-7200 and ask for American Citizen Services. Students may also register by accessing the U.S. Embassy's home page or by e-mail. You will be asked to provide the following information: full name; date of birth; U.S. passport number, date and place of issue; home address and phone number; emergency contact person's name, phone number, fax or e-mail address, HTH information.