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  • Locations: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Everest


What You Need to Know
Eligibility and Requirements
Travel and Living
Course
Faculty
Dates
Costs
Contact

What You Need to Know

This course is centered on the legendary Base Camp Mount Everest trek in Nepal that was followed by Sir Edmund Hillary and the British in the early 1950’s when Mount Everest was first successfully summited.  (Note:  We will NOT be summiting Mount Everest!  Base Camp Everest is a two-week porter-supported trek to about 18,000 feet altitude.  Mount Everest itself is “a bit” higher and sits above base camp at 29,029 feet altitude).  Come with us to Nepal and learn how humans adapt to altitude, including cultural, genetic, developmental, and physiological modes of adaptation.  A number of research projects will also be featured, and you will have the opportunity to learn from altitude experts and participate as a research subject. The Everest trek is suitable for anybody of moderate physical ability and no specialized equipment (beyond clothing and footwear) is required. A doctor's note saying you are fit for the trek will be required. After Syracuse preparations, the group will meet in Kathmandu Nepal, which yearly hosts the worlds climbing/adventurer elite prior to the spring Himalayan season.  You will spend several days in Kathmandu, visiting various cultural sites and adjusting to the new time zone and moderate altitude of this fascinating city.  The trek begins with a short flight to the Sherpa town of Lukla, and includes nearly 14 days of hiking round trip.  Students will overnight in tea-house lodges along the way, and several ‘rest” days are incorporated into the itinerary to allow altitude acclimatization and for classroom days.  As part of this course, students will collect physiological data (on themselves) as part of a field experiment meant to demonstrate how humans respond physiologically to the challenges of high altitude. The trip is lead by Tom Brutsaert who has spent a career researching high altitude native populations in both the South American Andes and the Himalayas. 


Eligibility and Requirements

Undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing at any accredited college or university are eligible to apply to this program. You must be cleared by your doctor before you can be accepted into the program.

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Travel and Living

A  round-trip transatlantic flight from New York City to Kathmandu will be arranged by Syracuse Abroad and included in your program fee. Program-related transportation within Nepal is arranged by Syracuse Abroad and is included in the program fee.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

Students are housed in shared rooms in hotel/hostel and tea-house lodges arranged by Syracuse Abroad for the duration of the program.

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change.  Syracuse Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.

Course

Mount Everest Base Camp Trek: The Human Response to High Altitude
PPE 300/500
The goal of the course is that students come away with a deep understanding of their own physiological response to altitude, and come to appreciate the history of mountaineering and the indigenous cultures of the Everest region.  There will be one research paper/project, a number of readings, and a final field-laboratory report, due after students return to the US.
 
Note: This course may be used to fulfill a 500 elective credit in the Exercise Science Major. Biology students may also be able to petition this course to count as elective credit in the Biology major, but should first speak to their academic advisor and the Biology Department for approval.

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Faculty
 
Brutsaert

Tom Brutsaert is a professor in the School of Education and chair of the Exercise Science department. He conducts field research on high altitude natives in the Andes, with some focus on gas exchange and the control of breathing. He and his collaborators have been using genome-
wide approaches to elucidate the genetic basis of variation in specific altitude adaptive traits in several Andean populations, including the 
Quechua, in Peru, and the Aymara, in Bolivia. Professor Brutsaert has led multiple Syracuse University programs in Peru and participated in a Mount Everest research expedition.  
Any interested students may contact Professor Brutsaert (tdbrutsa@syr.edu) with program specific questions.

 


 
Burton
Rick Burton Distinguished Professor in the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, will accompany students on this Study Abroad Program. He is SU's faculty representative to the NCAA and the ACC, and has written about Australia for the New York Times.  Professor Burton served as the  commissioner of the Australian National Basketball League (NBL) from July 2003 - September 2007, During his time with the NBL, TV rights fees were doubled, he signed a landmark collective bargaining agreement, instituted an expanded best of five play-off format and re-introduced the All Star game after a 6 year absence. Professor Burton was also the former Chief Marketing Officer for the U.S. Olympic Committee for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics. Professor Burton has been leading Syracuse Abroad programs to Australia for the past 6 years.







Dates
 
 Program begins   May 16, 2018
 Program ends   June 7, 2018
 Application deadline   February 10*


* Applications received after February 10 will be considered if there is still space in the program.

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Costs

   
 UNDERGRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $3,603 (2017 rate)
 Program Fee   $4,600 (estimated 2017 rate) 
 Total  $8,203 (estimated) 
 GRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $4,500 (2017 rate)
 Program Fee   $4,600 (estimated 2017 rate) 
 Total  $9,100 (estimated)

Please note: All costs are estimated and subject to change.  

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Air travel: included
Books & Supplies: $600
Personal: $200
Lunches and other meals: $200

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.


Contact

For questions on the application, please contact:
Myles Chalue, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (mwchalue@syr.edu)

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