Academics & Research
- Majors and minors in East Asian languages and cultures and East Asian studies are offered by the department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL) and the East Asian Studies Program (EAS).
- Beginning, intermediate and advanced language classes in Chinese and Japanese, and beginning and intermediate classes in Korean.
- Faculty teach in a wide range of disciplines, with East Asian specialties in language and literature, comparative literature, history, religion (Buddhist Studies), government, art and anthropology.
- Five College Buddhist Studies Certificate Program
- Hindi, Pashto and Uzbek available through the Five College Mentored Language Program and Indonesian, Thai, Turkmen, Urdu and Vietnamese through the Five College Supervised Independent Language Program, both administered by the Five College Center for World Languages.
- First-Year Seminars that include January Interterm trips to Asia.
- Opportunities for student research overseas supported by grants from the Freeman Foundation.
- Library link to news and research on Asia
Smith Consortial and Approved Study Abroad Programs
- Japan: Study in Kyoto with the Associated Kyoto Program, the Smith College Consortial Program in Japan. Students spend an academic year living with a host family in Japan's historical capital, studying on the campus of Doshisha University located in the center of Kyoto.
- China: Study with the Smith-affiliated Associated College in China Program in Beijing (language intensive), the Middlebury in China program in Hangzhou, or the Alliance for Global Education Programs located in Shanghai and Beijing.
- Korea: Six Smith students are selected each year to participate in the Ewha Women's University Summer Program in Seoul.
- India: Study in India with the South India Term Abroad (SITA) Smith Consortial Program located in Madurai, in Tamil Nadu.
- See the Office for International Study for additional approved programs in China, India, Japan and Korea.
Fellowships & Funds
- IMUSE 2010 Beijing Summer Fellowship Program
- Taiwan Government-sponsored Scholarship Awards for foreign students or language teachers pursuing degrees or Mandarin study in Taiwan.
- Bridging Scholarship: For study in Japan on approved programs.
- 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).
Funds Available Worldwide (not region-specific):
- Calkins International Research Fund
- Class of 1983 Developing World Fund
- McCallum Fund
- Neville Fund
- Wilder Fund
These funds are administered by the Office for International Study through International Experience Grants (IEG). Grant proposals will be reviewed for eligibility from all funding sources available for IEGs.
For additional fellowships and funds for studying in Asian countries see the Luce Fellowship, the Boren Fellowship, the National Flagship Language Program and the Teaching in China Fellowship described on the Fellowships Program site and Fellowships Sponsored by Smith. For other opportunities, consult the Funding for Study Abroad administered by the Office for International Study.
Student Groups & Organizations
- Asian Students Association
- CISCO: Chinese Inter-regional Student Cultural Organization
- EKTA: Students of South Asian Heritage
- International Students Organization (ISO)
- KASS: Korean-American Student of Smith
- Sazanami: Smith College Japanese Culture Club
- Southeast Asian Alliance at Smith
- Vietnamese Students Association