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Asia

Scholarship Opportunities

NSEP Boren Scholarships provide funding for students studying in various Asian countries.

New England-China Scholarship Program provides funding for students interested in studying at Peking University, Tsinghua University or Beijing Language and Culture University. Interested students are required to speak with a dean in the Office for International Study before applying.

China

Associated Colleges in China (ACC)
Smith Consortium Program
Terms:
Fall, Spring, Year
Location: Beijing
Language of Instruction: Mandarin
Prerequisites: One year of college-level Chinese (second-year Chinese offered summer only).
Program Highlights: ACC is a language-intensive program with an extremely rigorous study schedule. Students should expect to spend most of their time attending classes, completing assignments and studying. Strict attendance policies and the language pledge are upheld by professors and staff. Approximately 60 undergraduate and graduate students attend. Second-year Chinese offered summer only; Third- and fourth-year offered all three terms. Preference is given to students studying two consecutive terms. Students live in foreign student dorm and have day visits to host families on weekends. ACC is run by Hamilton College and hosted by Minzu University of China (MUC) in Beijing.

Note: ACC is pleased to announce the recent award of the Fulbright-Hays GPA grant by the US Department of Education. This generous grant enables ACC to offer full and partial Fulbright-Hays GPA scholarships to qualified students who apply for the ACC Spring term to engage in intensive Chinese language study in Beijing, China. For more information please visit the ACC website.

21st Century City, the Alliance for Global Education
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
Location: Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
Prerequisites: Smith requires one year of college-level Chinese.
Program Highlights: In the last century Shanghai has experienced exponential growth from its origins as a colonial trading hub to a bustling international metropolis and global financial center. The Shanghai: 21st Century City program examines this process of rapid urbanization, China’s encounter with the world, energy and water issues, and green technology initiatives in this dynamic Asian megalopolis. Study Chinese language and contemporary Chinese society and culture, politics, economics or U.S.-China relations in English. Students have single rooms in a new apartment building and share apartments with Chinese students.

International Business in China, the Alliance for Global Education
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
Location: Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE)
Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
Prerequisites: Smith requires one year of college-level Chinese.
Program Highlights: Designed for students interested in international business and economics, the International Business program offers undergraduates the unparalleled opportunity to study Chinese language, international business, and economic development in Asia’s financial center. Students participate in carefully designed activities and experiential study trips that provide a first-hand encounter with China’s rapidly changing business environment.Students have single rooms in a new apartment building and share apartments with Chinese students.

The Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
Location: Beijing
Language of Instruction: Chinese
Prerequisites: Prerequisites include the equivalent of two years of college-level Mandarin by the application deadline.
Program Highlights: U.S.-sponsored Chinese language program intended for undergraduates, graduates, professionals and established scholars who aspire to advanced competence. Students spend approximately twenty hours per week in class, with one individual class and the three hours of small group classes daily (1:3 teacher to student ratio for group classes). Students have the choice of living in dormitories or living with host families.

Middlebury Schools Abroad in China, in association with CET Academic Programs
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
Location: Beijing, Hangzhou, Kunming
Language of Instruction: Mandarin
Prerequisites: Two years of college-level Chinese study or equivalent.
Program Highlights: Living with a Chinese roommate is one benefit shared by all School in China students, whether in Beijing, Hangzhou, or Kunming. Challenging coursework and the Language Pledge round out a highly immersive program for the serious student of Chinese. Hangzhou, the flagship site of the School in China, offers a broad-based curriculum in humanities, including history, art and literature, religious studies, foreign relations, and Chinese social issues. The multi-ethnic city of Kunming, located in southwest China, will attract students interested in anthropology, social sciences, and environmental sciences. Finally, as China’s capital and center for political, economic, and cultural life, the program in Beijing is designed for students with interests in political science, economics, and the arts

SIT China: Chinese Culture and Ethnic Minorities
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Kunming
Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
Prerequisites: One year of Chinese
Program Highlights: Program includes Chinese language study; two-week homestay in Kunming; educational excursions to Dali and Lijiang, terra cotta warriors of Xi'an, Beijing and the Great Wall; and a four-week independent study.
Note: SIT Asian Studies Scholarship opportunity.

India

For more study abroad possibilities, please see the lists compiled on the South Asian Studies Web site and the Buddhist Studies Web site.

Students will need to petition to participate on any program that is not currently on the Approved Programs List (PDF). See the Study Abroad Guide (PDF) for petition information.

South India Term Abroad (SITA)
Smith Consortium Program
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
Location: Madurai
Language of Instruction: English, Tamil language
Prerequisites: None
Program Highlights: Classes are held in Madurai, a city in Tamil Nadu, at the SITA center adjoining Lady Doak College. Students study Tamil language, and choose three electives from: Introduction to Hinduism, SocioPolitical Issues, Literature, and music or dance lessons. In addition to a two-week study tour of temple cities, various field trips are led by faculty from August until mid-October. Final month of program is spent working on independent study projects and research presentations. Students live in Indian homes with host families throughout the city and bicycle to classes at the center.

Read the Summer 2012 Newsletter (PDF)

Note: Interested students may contact Professor Nalini Bhushan (philosophy) for more information.

Antioch University Buddhist Studies in India
Terms: Fall
Location: Bodhi Gaya
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites:
Program Highlights: 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.

Note: Interested students may contact Professors Andy Rotman (religion) or Jay Garfield (philosophy) for more information.

Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies
Terms: Year
Location: Sarnath, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh
Language of Instruction: English, though instruction in Tibetan language is highly encouraged.
Prerequisites: None
Program Highlights: 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. 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.

Note: Interested students may contact Professor Jay Garfield (philosophy) for more information.

Contemporary India: Development, Economy, Society, the Alliance for Global Education
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Pune
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: None
Program Highlights: Study some of the most dynamic, exciting areas of Indian society, politics, economics, and culture today. Environmental issues, development, social justice, economics and public health are areas in which India both faces unprecedented challenges and is on the global cutting edge of finding solutions. 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.

Note: Interested students may contact Andy Rotman (religion) for more information.

University of Wisconsin-Madison College Year in India
Terms: Summer, Year
Location: Madurai, Varanasi or Waltair
Language of Instruction: English, Hindi or Tamil
Prerequisites: None
Program Highlights: Summer (in Madison, studying appropriate Indian language) plus full year in one of the three program locations. Academic program in India is continued classroom language study (Hindi or Tamil), one-on-one and small group tutorials in topics chosen by students and a substantial independent field study project. All tutorial and independent work must be reviewed for credit upon return to Smith. Program includes homestays and independent travel.

Note: Interested students may contact Professor Andy Rotman (religion) for more information.

Japan

Associated Kyoto Program (AKP)
Smith Consortium Program
TERM: Fall, Spring, Year
Location: Kyoto
Language of Instruction: Japanese, English
Prerequisites: One year of Japanese and one Japan-related course other than language.
Program Highlights: 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.

Note: Interested students may contact Professors Marnie Anderson (history), Maki Hubbard (East Asian languages and literatures), Jamie Hubbard (religion), Thomas Rohlich (East Asian languages and literatures) or Dennis Yasutomo (government).

CIEE at Sophia University
Terms: Spring, Year
Location: Tokyo
Language of Instruction: Japanese, English
Prerequisites: Two intensive Japanese language courses.
Program Highlights: University operates on a traditional Japanese semester system. Housing options include homestays and private, single-sex dormitories.

Japan Study Program
Terms: Spring, Year
Location: Tokyo
Language of Instruction: Japanese, English
Prerequisites: Smith requires one year of college-level Japanese.
Program Highlights: Students take classes in the School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University including intensive language instruction and content courses across the curriculum taught in English. Japan Study students take classes with students from Japan and around the world and live with Japanese host families.

IES at Nanzan Univeristy
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
Location: Nanzan
Language of Instruction: Japanese, English
Prerequisites: One year of college-level Japanese.
Program Highlights: Hosted by Nanzan University, students study Japanese language and area studies courses taught in English. Students live in university residence halls or with host families. Program includes opportunities to study traditional arts and field trips to other regions of Japan.

Korea

CIEE at Yonsei University
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
Location: Seoul
Language of Instruction: Korean, English
Prerequisites:
Program Highlights: Yonsei, a Christian university with 30,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and is 20 minutes from the center of Seoul. The Division of International Education offers "junior year abroad" courses in English; students proficient in Korean may take general university courses.

Smith/Ehwa Summer Exchange at Ewha Woman's University (Seoul)

Each year, Smith College selects six students to attend Ewha Womans University's International Summer College. Qualified applicants will have:

  • a Smith grade point average of at least 3.0,
  • completed at least one year of Korean language or the equivalent prior to participation,
  • a strong interest in studying Korean language and culture.

The exchange is not open to Korean nationals whose home is in Korea.

Tuition is waived for students selected for the exchange. International travel, room and board, optional trips, passport, visa, and other fees are the responsibility of the student. Students may apply for an International Experience Grant to offset these expenses.

Applications to the Smith/Ewha Summer Exchange can be submitted via the new Smith International Travel Experiences System (SITES) by following the link below:

Applications for the Smith exchange competition are due March 9, 2015.

Those students selected for the exchange must also apply directly to Ewha's International Summer College and complete the online application by the posted deadline. Ewha’s International Summer College online application includes the following materials:

  • official transcript
  • passport
  • proof of insurance coverage abroad
  • a passport-sized photo

Ewha’s International Summer College application fee is waived for students selected for the exchange. Students are responsible for obtaining the proper visa in order to travel to Korea.

Mongolia

SIT Mongolia: Geopolitics and the Environment
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Ulaanbaatar
Language of Instruction: English, Mongolian
Prerequisites: None, however participants are required to take Mongolian during program.
Program Highlights: Two homestays; educational excursions to Nomad camps and the Mongolian countryside; a four-week independent study.

Note: SIT Scholarships in Mongolia

Nepal

SIT Nepal: Development and Social Change
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Kathmandu
Language of Instruction: English, Nepali
Prerequisites: None, however participants are required to take Nepali during program.
Program Highlights: Two homestays; field excursions to the Terai or the middle hills region, and a village in the Himalayas; a four-week independent study.

SIT Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Kathmandu
Language of Instruction: English, Nepali
Prerequisites: None, however participants are required to take Nepali during program.
Program Highlights: Homestay; excursion to Tibetan settlements in India and/or the Tibetan Autonomous Region in China (conditions permitting); a four-week independent study.

Vietnam

CET: Public Health & Service Learning
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Ho Chi Minh City
Language of Instruction: English, Vietnamese
Prerequisites: None, however participants are required to take Vietnamese during the program.
Program Highlights: This program is good for students interested in witnessing international development up close. As an emerging Asian nation, Vietnam faces local challenges that have global relevance—public health infrastructure, deforestation, long-term economic and health impacts of war. Students have the opportunity to not only examine these challenges, but gain hands-on experience trying to solve them. They conduct service-learning, take multidisciplinary electives, learn Vietnamese, and live with English-speaking local roommates. This is a program for reflective, curious, challenge-seeking students.