Study Abroad Programme PITT in the Himalayas (University of Pittsburgh)

This 110-Day semester is offered by the University of Pittsburgh and taught at the Hanifl Centre. Participants are generally from the US and other foreign universities (Syracuse University & YaleNUS College of Singapore). Indian students are welcome to enroll on the semester directly through the Hanifl Centre, taking up to five courses for a total of 15 credits. At the end of the semester, an official transcript is prepared for each student which can then be processed by the student’s registrar’s office to affect the credit transfer.


This is 16-week programme is unique in that 45% of the time is spent outside the classroom, on week-long expeditions & homestays, and overnight trips

Course Duration: 110-days

Participant Limit: Up to 25 students

Courses being offered on the 2018 semester are:

Himalayan Geography – Akshay Shah (Hanifl Centre faculty)

Himalayan Biodiversity – Suniti Bhushan Datta (Wildlife Institute of India/Hanifl Center)

Sacred Himalaya – Pasang Sherpa (PhD, University of Washington)

Climate Change – Pasang Sherpa (PhD, University of Washington)

Mountains and Medicine – Independent Study – Joseph S. Alter (PhD, University of Pittsburgh)

Hindi, Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced – Chitranjan Datt (Landour Language School)

Field Trips:

1 Week trekking & homestay in Leh

1 Week homestay outside Ranikhet

8 Day trek in the Rupin-Supin valley

3 Day trip to Rishikesh

4 Day trip to Corbett Tiger reserve

Day trips to Jabarkhet Nature Reserve & Happy Valley, Mussoorie

Day trips Forests & Villages near Mussoorie and Dehradun

Packing List Ideal for Courses at Hanifl Centre

Mentioned below are the inclusions of the course, along with a broad list of basic items we recommend all participants should carry. You can always create your own packing list based on your personal needs and medical requirements.

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