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Focus: Microgrid Systems for Rural Development

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Study abroad programs in Nepal

Course Information

University: Kathmandu University – School of Development Studies
Course: Microgrid Systems for Rural Development
Credit: 3 Credits (Graduate) *Undergrads are eligible
Duration: 10-days

Learn-by-doing and take climate action on the TGP Nepal Program!  Learn the foundations of solar microgrid technology, analyze its impacts in rural communities, and make an impact by installing a solar microgrid with a rural village in just 10-days. Start your sustainability career here.

On The GREEN Nepal Program, participants have a unique opportunity to analyze the role of solar energy and its practicality, adaptability, and impact in rural societies of developing countries.

  • Provide power to a community who lacks access to electricity with a solar microgrid installation
  • Experience a local home-stay experience in a rural village
  • Explore Nepal’s culture, customs, and UNESCO world heritage sites

Learn-by-doing on our study abroad programs in Nepal.

Course Description

Since the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015, the country has been working towards recovery and restoration. After the earthquake, there has been a nationwide concern for a slow redevelopment plan. With nearly 70% of the affected communities still living in temporary shelters, the rise of micro-grid energy solutions are being introduced to electrify rural areas that were affected by the earthquake while renewable energy is a sector that is rapidly developing in Nepal. Certain communities in Nepal can also experience power outages with an average of 10 hours per day; however, private installations of solar energy and microgrid systems are perceived to be viable solutions. This course provides wide knowledge of microgrid technologies, energy policies in Nepal and its implementation, especially in rural communities. The course consists of lectures and site-visits including solar and hydropower facilities and rural communities to install microgrid systems and assist in Nepal’s efforts to electrify rural areas.

Objectives and Outcomes

The objective of this course is to understand the various microgrid technologies and its challenges towards implementation in rural and developing societies. See below for course outcomes.

Methodology

The methodology to be used includes a combination of tools in order to facilitate the enhancements of knowledge, promote discussion in class and increase students’ ability to formulate proposals, such as: presentation-discussion classes, case studies, hands-on design, and first-hand field planning and installation.

The structure of each topic includes a compulsory reading, followed by oral presentations by the students which will lead to class discussions, group works, and other practical activities. Field trips and site visits are essential to the course, which are programmed on a daily basis. All these activities will be complemented by lectures and supervised by the university.

Summer Break

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Focus: Microgrid Systems for Rural Development

Program Dates Now Enrolling:

May 21-30, 2023

Program Capacity: 20
Length: 10-Days

Program Fee:
Single Pay: $4500
Monthly Payment Plan: $960/month for 5 months

Spring Break

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Focus: Microgrid Systems for Rural Development

Program Dates Now Enrolling:

No dates available

Program Capacity: 20
Length: 9-Days

Program Fee:
Single Pay: $4400
Monthly Payment Plan: $940/month for 5 months

Winter Break

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Focus: Microgrid Systems for Rural Development

Program Dates Now Enrolling:

Dec 11-20, 2022

Jan 3-12, 2023

Dec 10-19, 2023

Program Capacity: 20
Length: 10-Days

Program Fee:
Single Pay: $4500
Monthly Payment Plan: $960/month for 5 months

Program Highlights

Give power

Engage with Nepal’s local communities & install a solar microgrid system

Being TGP’s only program that includes home-stays and solar microgrid integration in Nepal’s rural communities, you’ll be able to engage and immerse yourself with the local community in a highly unique way that you’ll never forget.

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Trek through Nepal’s famous mountains and landscapes

From mountain-top morning yoga to hiking, you’ll gain a new perspective with Nepal’s landscape as a breath-taking backdrop during your program.

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Learn about the earthquake that affected 30% of Nepal’s energy infrastructure

Learn first-hand about the story of Nepal’s earthquake and how it’s continued to affect the local community, nearly 4 years later.

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Explore case studies of community resilience and recovery

How is Nepal recovering after their historical earthquake? This documentary uncovers the grit and resilience of residents of Nepal. “They didn’t sit around to wait for aid. They were helping themselves.” as a case study for strong community recovery and resiliency, speak and work with the survivors of Nepal’s most deadly earthquake.

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Gain first-hand experience with microgrids for rural development

Here is a basic overview of microgrid systems and how they may work for rural communities. TGP participants will take classes with Kathmandu university’s school of development studies to learn everything from the design of microgrid systems to field planning and installation in communities that lack energy access in Nepal’s rural villages.

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Explore Nepal’s culture, customs, and UNESCO world heritage sites

“Wedged between the indian subcontinent and the lofty himalayas, nepal’s kathmandu valley is a place where various cultures and religions meld together to create a spiritual fusion. While anthropologists may say otherwise, locals will tell you there is no distinction between Buddhism and Hinduism here.”

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Course Outcomes

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What’s included?

We take care of everything from when you land in Nepal until departure.
Gain exclusive access to TGP alumni network and benefits when you return home.

Study abroad programs in Nepal include:

  • Education Materials: Prepare before you travel with your pre-program resources and educational materials
  • Classes: Lectures from industry leaders and faculty from Kathmandu University – School of Development Studies
  • Credit: 3 academic credits from Kathmandu University
  • Facility Tours: Exclusive access and private tours to Peru’s leading hydroelectric and water sanitation facilities
  • Capstone Project: Innovation facilitation and panel assessment
  • Adventure Excursions: Expand your comfort-zone and with activities such as hiking, yoga, white-water rafting, and more!
  • Cultural Experiences: Visit Nepal’s UNESCO World Heritage sites and immerse yourself in Nepali culture
  • All meals: We support locally owned restaurants, and accommodate most dietary preferences/restrictions
  • Accommodations and lodging: Your home away from home will be at locally owned lodging sites throughout your program
  • Rural Village Home-Stay: Gain a unique home-stay experience in a rural village in Nepal during the solar installation
  • Solar Microgrid Installation: All materials, project supervisors, safety equipment, and engineering resources
  • All in-country transportation: From airport pick up to airport drop-off, and everything in-between, we got you covered
  • Exclusive membership: Join the TGP Alumni Network for sustainability job postings, travel, networking, and mentorship

What’s not included: Flights, travel insurance, and passport/visa fees

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Pricing

Winter & Summer Break

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$4500

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$960/month 

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Spring Break

Single Pay
$4400

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No need to worry about payment reminders

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Five Monthly Payments 
$940/month

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No credit check & no forms to fill out

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Are you ready to go GREEN?

Your first step is to complete and submit an application. Upon acceptance, a TGP member will reach out to you with your next steps for enrollment. We look forward to traveling with you soon! (Please note that spots fill on a first-come, first-serve basis.)

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