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Study abroad

Smith-Approved Programs

Antioch University- Buddhist Studies in India

Terms: Fall
Location: Bodhi Gaya
Language of Instruction: English
Pre-requisites: None
Program overview: Program participants live and study in a Burmese Vihar (monastery). Emphasis is placed on a comparative approach to both theory and practice of the varieties of Buddhism and the cultural and historical environments in which it has flourished.

Associated Kyoto Program

Terms: Year
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Language of Instruction: Japanese, English
Pre-requisites: A year of Japanese as well as a separate Japan-related course
Program overview: AKP emphasizes Japanese language acquisition, and elective courses include Japanese history, culture, literature, politics and economics taught in English by consortium faculty. AKP is based at Doshisha University, and students live with host families. Students may join Doshisha student clubs and circles or study traditional arts with local teachers and artists through AKP's network in Kyoto.

Central University of Tibetan Studies
Terms: Year
Location: Sarnath, India
Language of Instruction: English, Tibetan (highly recommended)
Pre-requisites: None
Program overview: Study Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan history and culture and Tibetan textual analysis in an intensive program taught by the faculty of the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Samath, India. The institute is a research and teaching university established and jointly administered by the Tibetan Government in Exile and the Ministry of Education of India.

Tibetan Studies in India (Five Colleges)
Terms: Interterm
Location: Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh (India)
As part of an ongoing academic exchange program with the Tibetan universities in exile in India, each year the Five Colleges send up to 15 students to spend January term studying Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan history and culture, and Tibetan textual analysis in an intensive program taught by the faculty of the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India.

For more information, contact Constance Kassor (Religion), who directs this program in 2013-14.

Other Programs

Antioch University- Buddhist Studies in Japan

Terms: Fall
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Language of Instruction: English
Pre-requisites: None
Program overview: Program participants spend the majority of their time living in temple hostels. A variety of activities and classes culminating in a field research project allow students to experience Japanese society, culture and religions.

Emory Tibetan Studies Program

Terms: Spring
Location: Dharamsala, India
Language of Instruction: English, Tibetan
Pre-requisites: None
Program overview: Students live both on the IBD Sarah campus with Tibetan roommates as well as with Tibetan host families. A mix of academic study, field research, cultural immersion, and contemplative practice offers an enriching semester to students interested in India and Tibet.

Himalayan Health Exchange

Terms: Summer
Location: North India
Language of Instruction:
Program overview: This program is very comprehensive and provides an unforgettable and highly productive learning experience for students of Anthropology as well as other disciplines.

ISLE Program

Terms: Fall/Spring
Location: Kandy, Sri Lanka
Language of Instruction: English. Students are also required to take Sinhala courses while there
Pre-requisites: None
Program overview: The ISLE program is distinguished by the quality and diversity of its academic experience. The program explores a multi ethnic society in an area of great natural beauty with the oldest continuing Buddhist civilization in the world.

Kathmandu University Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute

Terms: Summer
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Language of Instruction: English
Pre-requisites: None
Program overview: The Centre for Buddhist Studies hosts study-abroad programs for visiting students in Buddhist philosophy and language and conducts intensive summer programs in Tibetan, Sanskrit, Nepali, and Buddhist Studies.

SIT

Terms: Spring (Nepal & Mongolia), Summer (India)
Location: India/Nepal/Mongolia
Language of Instruction: English
Pre-requisites: None
Program overview: SIT offers a wide variety of programs in many countries, including India: Himalayan Buddhist Art and Architecture, Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples, and Mongolia: Nomadic Culture and Globalization.