Commonly referred to as ‘the roof of the world’, Tibet is an isolated plateau in western China with an average elevation of around 16,000 ft. This expansive, snow-capped region has a natural beauty that is unparalleled anywhere else on earth. With the influx of migrants to Tibet, Chinese speakers now make up half the population.
Despite all that has happened in its past, China now wants to see Tibet’s culture preserved, partly because of tourism. Many Tibetans believe that tourists provide legitimacy to the Chinese government, however even the Dalai Lama has claimed that people should, “Go to Tibet and see many places. Then tell the world”. Tibet Environment Watch claims that most Tibetans support tourism, ‘because it constitutes a means by which the outside world can learn of conditions in Tibet and the aspirations of Tibetans’. Studying in Tibet will likely invoke a mix of emotions, but you will probably leave a changed person, and remember the experience for the rest of your life.