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

This 110-Day semester is offered by the University of Pittsburgh and taught at 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 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 Centre)

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.





Please Note:

Below are a few Frequently Asked Questions regarding our courses. If you have not found an answer to your query below, please feel free to write to us at

Q1 - Are all meals taken care of?

Ans - All meals starting with dinner a night before the course starts till lunch on the day the course ends will be taken care of. There will be tea/biscuits in the morning and afternoon on all class days, while at Hanifl Centre. For the trek, participants will carry their rations with them provided by Hanifl Centre.

Q2 - Where will we stay?

Ans - All participants will be housed in the Hanifl Centre dormitory. We have 32 beds (8 bedded/4 bedded units) with one side dedicated to each gender (male/female). Each side has separate bathroom facilities. There is an attic/loft on each side that can be accessed by participants if needed. There is a connecting door that can be locked between the 2 sections. Accommodation will be in tents while on the trek (3 Person/4 Person tents).

Q3 - Are there charging points for electrical appliances?

Ans - There are 1-2 charging points in each room, depending on the layout (4 bedded/8 bedded). We can provide 2 extension cords, one for each section for participants to charge their devices.On the trek, we recommend participants to only carry basic electronic appliances as options for charging will not be available in the field.

Q4 - Is there laundry facility in Hanifl Centre?

Ans - We do not have laundry facility at Hanifl Centre. We have a school dhobi who can do your laundry. He will come and collect the clothes from the Hanifl Centre and will bring it back to on a set date. Payments are to be made directly to the Dhobi. We will share the price list of the Dhobi with you. Participants can get their own washing powder/bars and do laundry by themselves in the dormitory. There are a few clothes lines at the attic and we can provide drying stands if needed.

Q5 - How is the mobile connectivity?

Ans - There is very limited mobile coverage in Hanifl Centre. However, there are certain spots where you can get network, we will show them when you are in campus.

Q6 - In which language is the course taught in?

Ans - The course is taught in English.

Q7 - How to reach Hanifl Centre?

Ans - By Bus: Dehradun is well connected with all major cities by road. There are AC, Non-AC and Volvo services available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, New Delhi. The journey from New Delhi to Dehradun is about 6-7 hours. From Dehradun, one can take another bus/shared taxi to Picture Palace, Mussoorie. Hanifl Centre is about 4-5 kms from there. Local taxi from Picture Palace to Hanifl Centre would cost about INR 350 (Note: There is a second bus stop/taxi stand at Library, Mussoorie. Please do not go there as it is much farther away from the Hanifl Centre). Alternate- You can also take a taxi from Dehradun to Hanifl Centre. Approximate cost could be anywhere between INR 1500-1900. By Train: Dehradun also has a railway station and is well connected with major cities. Please check to learn about trains from nearest station. By Flight: There are daily flights from Delhi to Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. Delhi is well connected with other major cities. We are 3 hours away from the Jolly Grant Airport.

Q8 - Is alcohol consumption/smoking allowed?

Ans - Hanifl Centre is an extension of Woodstock School. We adhere to school policies and do not allow consumption of alcohol or other substances in the premises.

Q9 - Is there a safe available?

Ans - We recommend participants not to bring valuables or overtly expensive items. However, there is a small safe available in the office for keeping cash and other small valuable items. Before the hike, participants can keep their valuables in the safe if required.


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