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Enrich the time in high school with a summer program or get class credit while you study abroad. Along the way, you’ll attend prestigious universities, enjoy career-accelerating experiences, and immerse yourself in Bhutan’s language, lifestyle and culture.


API Participants in Thimphu, Bhutan

Destination Overview

Looking for something completely new? Then consider studying abroad in Bhutan with API, where you will have the academic and cultural experience of a lifetime! API offers students a wonderful opportunity to experience the Bhutanese culture and way of life through study abroad in the capital city of Thimphu. API students will study with Bhutanese students at Royal Thimphu College, Bhutan’s first and only private university institution, administered by the Royal University of Bhutan.

Located between India and China, Bhutan is a landlocked Himalayan paradise. Often referred to as the “last Shangri-la”, Bhutan is known for its natural beauty, diverse landscapes, friendly people, and its official national philosophy of “Gross National Happiness“. To visit Bhutan is to step into a different world – one where concepts such as karma, happiness, tranquility, resourcefulness, and curiosity combine to transform you!

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Cities in Bhutan with API Programs:

Why Thimphu
  • Genuinely friendly and welcoming people
  • Experience the majesty of the mighty Himalayas
  • Bhutanese success is measured by “Gross National Happiness”
  • Adventure awaits in its natural parks and trails
  • Unique destination for students in a location off the beaten path
  • Coursework conducted in English
  • Internship options (for credit)
  • Buddhist temples and prayer flags pepper the landscape and a magnificent Golden Buddha statue overlooks the city

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

API is committed to providing enriching international experiences to its participants. We believe in the importance of promoting acceptance, dignity, and respect among people of all backgrounds. API demonstrates its commitment to inclusiveness by providing affordable and accessible programs, offering individualized support, and conducting ongoing diversity education and training for all API staff. No matter who you are or where you come from, API will support you during your journey abroad.

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Our Resident Coordinator was absolutely perfect… able to help me with everything I had questions about, was a really fun traveling partner… highly knowledgeable and compassionate. 

-Ruthanne W. • API Bhutan participant
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