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Study Abroad

Studying abroad in South Asia is not required for the South Asia Concentration, but it is a great way to enrich your knowledge of the region. There are a number of Smith-approved programs and a variety of other programs as well.

Smith-Approved Programs

Buddhist Studies in India (Antioch University)

Terms: Fall
Location: Bodh Gaya, Bihar (India)
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.

For more information, contact Andy Rotman (religion), who was a student and teacher on the program, or Jay Garfield (philosophy).

Central University of Tibetan Studies

Terms: Year
Location: Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh (India)
Students can 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 Sarnath, India.

For more information, contact Jay Garfield (philosophy), who organizes this program.

Contemporary India: Development, Environment, Public Health
Terms:
Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Location:
Pune, Maharashtra (India)
The program is designed for students from a wide variety of majors and academic interests, with a curriculum that spans development studies, economics, public health, environmental studies, international affairs, political science, film and media studies, anthropology, history and women's studies.

For more information, contact Andy Rotman (religion), who is the founding board member.

College Year in India (University of Wisconsin)
Terms: Year, Fall, Spring
Location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (India)
This program, founded in 1961, offers students the opportunity to live and study in Varanasi - a center of learning and education for more than 2,000 years. Students study Hindi intensively, take tutorials in the subject of their choice, and engage in independent research.

For more information,contact Andy Rotman (religion), who has lectured for the program.

South India Term Abroad (Smith consortium program)
Terms:
Year, Fall, Spring
Location:
Madurai, Tamil Nadu (India)
SITA is a semester or year-long immersion experience offering ample opportunities to observe and participate in the cultural environment of South India.

SITA 2012 Newsletter

For more information, contact Nalini Bhushan (philosophy), who is the Smith campus representative.

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.