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  • Locations: Annapurna, Nepal; Ghandruk, Nepal; Kathmandu, Nepal; Pokhara, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • Courses Offered
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Dates / Deadlines:

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Type(s): Hostel/Hotel Home Campus: U of U: Utah Campus
Credit Type: Graduate U of U Language(s) of Instruction: English
Minimum Language Prerequisite: Advanced English Language Fluency, No Host Language Badge Opportunities: Career Development, Research Experience
Eligibility: Course Prerequisite(s), Good Academic & Judicial Standing, Minimum Age: 18, Physician Assistant Students Pre-departure Requirements: Learning Abroad 101, Pre-Departure Orientation, Participation Requirements for Learning Abroad, Post-Decision Health Assessment, Pre & Post Commitments
Program Description:

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Nepal Elective Photo

This approximately month long elective provides a journey in the western Annapurna circuit, village health and teaching, clinical work, and exposure to the culture and history of Nepal. 

This program requires travelers to participate in strenuous activities. The strenuous activity associated with this program is trekking in the Himalayas. If you are not able to participate in this activity, alternative activities may be available. Accommodations can be requested by contacting the Disability Services Center at 801-581-5020, your Learning Abroad Coordinator at 801-581-5849, or the Faculty Director. Accommodations must be requested in advance. Participants will not be reimbursed for activities in which they do not participate.

See the "Finances" section below for information on the Pedersen Family Scholarship for Physician Assistant students.


  • Program is part of semester-long PA course (Graduate)
  • Clinical elective for medical students 
  • Courses are subject to change
  • Click on the Courses Offered link above for more information, including prerequisites


  • Possible excursions may include:
    • UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan
    • Pokhara sites: Tibetan Refugee Camp and other cultural experiences
    • Annapurna Sanctuary trekking and village health care
    • HRDC: Hospital & Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children (Banepa)


In addition to taking classes, students enrich their time abroad by participating in Learning Abroad Badge opportunities such as, Career Development, Language Immersion, Research Experience, and Community Engagement:
Badge Opportunities
The Learning Abroad Badges listed in the Fact Sheet above are included in this program. Some programs offer opportunities to earn additional Learning Abroad Badges through independent options.  Students interested in earning multiple Learning Abroad Badges can participate in the Global U Program and receive special recognition at graduation.

This program automatically earns the Career Development and Research Experience Badges:

  • Career Development:
    • Students interact with local health care professionals and community leaders to understand how infrastructure and culture impact the health care system in the host country.  Through networking and firsthand experience, they look at health care systems, health care delivery, and prevention in a comparative context.  This experience will provide valuable insights that can be highlighted on resumes and during job interviews.
  • Research Experience:
    • Students participate in community driven research and  initiatives geared toward understanding and improving public health in local communities, working in conjunction with the local health workforce and health science students.
    • Students may be involved with  upgrading the physician assistant analogue for Nepal, the Health Assistant.
    • Students may help to implement a research project in conjunction with interdisciplinary health professionals - such as a maternal Child Health research projects
    • Students may be participants in a research project such as acquisition of antibiotic resistant bacteria (such as ESBL) in travelers, and how traveler’s diarrhea may increase that risk
    • Students prepare evidence based case reports, presentations, bilateral teaching, and/or whole day seminars to present while in Nepal


  • Richard Backman, M.D. 
  • Scott A. Brown, M.A., M.P.A.A., PA-C
    • Adjunct Instructor
    • Department of Family and Preventive Medicine


  • See Housing Type(s) above
  • Participants are required to use the program housing facilities
  • Housing is included in the program cost



The Learning Abroad Handbook outlines the University of Utah's eligibility requirements, financial policies, conduct standards, administrative procedures, academic expectations, as well as visa and passport guidelines for Learning Abroad Programs. ALL participants are subject to the rules and regulations in the Learning Abroad Handbook. It is every participant's responsibility to read the Learning Abroad Handbook and contact Learning Abroad with any questions.

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This program is currently not accepting applications. Click on the disk icon to save the program to your profile, join the interest list, and receive updates.