Study Away Programs

Programs are approved with our learning goals in mind and they may be added to or removed from the list as more appropriate opportunities emerge. Programs not approved need to be petitioned (see section below program list). We expect all programs to offer significant opportunities for immersion, which we define as active participation in a culture markedly different than one's own, which leads to critical reflection, empathy, and perspective shift.

Amherst College Travel Registry - Approved Programs Searchable Database!

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The approved program list is now in the Amherst College Travel Registry (ACTR)! Students can search all approved programs by keyword. Please note that changes were made to the program list; be sure to check that you are applying to an approved program.

Non-approved Programs

Petitioning a Non-Approved Program

The faculty Committee on Global Education, under guideance from the Global Education Office, has carefully chosen a robust list of programs that are pre-approved for credit and aid transfer. Not all study away programs are of equal quality and Amherst wants your study away experience to have strong academic and cultural components. Students who are interested in a program not currently on the approved program list must have strong academic reasons as to why they want to petition. Students may only petition one program and it must be the first-choice program.

Checklist and Timeline for Petitioning
  1. Meet with an adviser in the Global Education Office. You must discuss the program you intend to petition with either the Director or Assistant Director of the Global Education Office at least two weeks in advance of the petition deadline (see below). Come prepared with a strong argument as to why the non-approved program is the best fit for your personal and academic interests. Also be sure that the program meets our expectations for study away and, if it does not, be prepared to outline why an exception should be made for you. Just because a student has successfully petitioned a program before you does not mean that it will be an automatic approval for you. You may want to apply to the program while you are petitioning, since some popular programs with rolling admissions will fill quickly. You can let the program know you are petitioning.
  2. Complete the petition. After your meeting with one of us and if petitioning is recommended, you will then be provided with the petition form and instructions for submission. This includes sharing the name(s) of your major adviser(s) and a faculty member who will be contacted by us to write a letter of support for your petition. You do not need to request formal letters of recommendation, but only notify them they will be contacted by us. We expect you will share your petition with them.
  3. Submit your petition by the appropriate deadline: April 1st (fall or full year) and October 1st (spring). Unfortunately, late petitions are not accepted.
  4. The faculty Committee on Global Education reviews your petition and supporting documents.  Your petition, letter of support and other relevant information will be brought to the Committee on Global Education. Once a decision has been made, you will be notified via email.
  5. Apply to (at least) one program on the approved list. Petitions are approved on a student-by-student basis and, should yours not be approved, you will want a back up option.

You may want to apply to the program you are petitioning and your back-up program before the petition deadline, especially if the application deadlines are close the petition deadlines. 

Program List (old)

Search and sort programs:
Program Titlesort icon City Country Term of Study
Turkey Flag Boğaziçi University Istanbul Turkey Semester, Full year
United States Flag 12 College Exchange Program Various United States Semester, Full year
England Flag Advanced Studies in England (petition) Bath England Semester, Full year
Hungary Flag AIT Budapest Budapest Hungary Semester, Full year
Russia Flag American Councils Russia Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir Russia Semester, Full year
Egypt Flag American University of Cairo Cairo Egypt Semester, Full year
Japan Flag Amherst-Doshisha University Fall Exchange Program Kyoto Japan Semester
Germany Flag Amherst-Göttingen University Exchange Program Göttingen Germany Semester, Full year
Lebanon Flag Amherst-The American University of Beirut Exchange Program Beirut Lebanon Semester, Full year
Singapore Flag Amherst-Yale-NUS College Exchange Program Singapore Singapore Semester
Korea Flag Amherst-Yonsei University Exchange Program Seoul Korea Semester
Morocco Flag AMIDEAST Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane Ifrane Morocco Semester, Full year
Egypt Flag AMIDEAST Area & Arabic Language Studies in Egypt Cairo Egypt Semester, Full year
Jordan Flag AMIDEAST Area & Arabic Language Studies in Jordan Amman Jordan Semester, Full year
Morocco Flag AMIDEAST Area & Arabic Language Studies in Rabat Rabat Morocco Semester, Full year
France Flag APA Paris Paris France Semester, Full year
Spain Flag API Bilbao Bilbao Spain Semester, Full year
Spain Flag API Cádiz Cádiz Spain Semester, Full year
Greece Flag Arcadia in Greece Athens Greece Semester, Full year
Spain Flag Arcadia in Toledo Toledo Spain Semester, Full year
India Flag Ashoka University (petition) New Delhi India Semester
China Flag Associated Colleges in China (Hamilton College) at Minzu University of China Beijing China Semester, Full year
Japan Flag Associated Kyoto Program at Doshisha University Kyoto Japan Semester, Full year
United States Flag Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program New York United States Semester
Russia Flag Bard-Smolny St. Petersburg Russia Semester, Full year
Hungary Flag Budapest Semester in Math Education Budapest Hungary Semester, Full year
Hungary Flag Budapest Semester in Mathematics Budapest Hungary Semester, Full year
India Flag Buddhist Studies in Bodh Gaya Bodh Gaya India Other
Ireland Flag Burren College of Art (petition) Ballyvaughn Ireland Semester, Full year
The Netherlands Flag Center for European Studies at Maastricht University Maastricht The Netherlands Semester