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The SFS Program on Himalayan Studies


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"Kuzuzangpo la" Means Welcome

The Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE) is a government institution that serves as a center for research, policy dialogue, and training in the fields of conservation and environmental sciences. SFS students live and study on the UWICE campus in the town of Jakar (Choekhor), set in Bumthang Valley. The facility is the former palace of Bhutan’s first king, built in traditional Bhutanese architecture with colorful decorations both inside and out. The dormitories and cafeteria are just steps away from the dzong where classes are held. The UWICE campus offers magnificent views of the surrounding valley, the mountains swathed in clouds, and cattle or ponies grazing in the yard.