College of Agriculture

Cross Cultural Exploration in Development Will Travel to Nepal in 2018

Announced on: Thursday, Jan. 04, 2018

In the College of Agriculture, networking, getting your hands dirty and researching diverse topics are all part of the experience. But they don’t always have to take place on U.S. soil. Agriculture professor Lee Altier said these encounters await students who study abroad in Nepal through the Cross Cultural Exploration in Development program in the summer of 2018.

The program has taken place for over a decade in Thailand. This year, accompanied by mathematics professor Sanjay Dev, Altier will lead a group of students through north-central Nepal as they explore a diverse region of agricultural development, engage with rich culture and earn upper-division general education credits in the CSU, Chico sustainability pathway. While studying abroad, students will explore sustainable agriculture in an underdeveloped country and take part in community service by working in a local village school. The program fosters sustainable development and diversity through global service learning.

 While in Nepal, students will also team up with international students in a collaborative exchange with Tribhuvan University. Each student will partner with a Nepali graduate student to conduct research, lead group discussions and engage in class activities. This partnership provides U.S. students with instructional support as well as resources in the local Nepali community.

 “Rather than viewing Nepal merely from the perspective of an outsider, the interpersonal relationships that they develop draw them into Nepali culture and help them understand what it is like to grow up in one of the most economically impoverished countries on the planet that is in contrast rich in culture and hospitality,” Altier said.

 The program is open to Chico State students as well as community members and local community college students. Applications will be available early in the spring semester. Eligibility is based on academic and disciplinary standing as well as attendance at mandatory meetings. The program involves some rigorous hiking in mountain terrain.

 For more information and questions regarding the Cross Cultural Exploration in Development, contact Professor Lee Altier at or visit his office at Plumas 221.