Summer Study Abroad in 2024

Students interested in studying abroad in the summer of 2024 should plan to attend one of these info sessions: 

  • Tuesday, February 6 at 4pm (in-person) - location TBD 
  • Wednesday, February 21 at 7pm on Zoom (zoom details in the GEO newsletter and the Daily Mammoth) 

Information on how to search for programs, funding options (including the Amherst fellowships), and more will be shared. Please note that Amherst College fellowships are open to first, second and third year students; unfortunately graduating seniors are not eligible. 

Given the high volume of requests GEO advisers receive, we prioritize credit-bearing semester and yearlong study away. Students are highly encouraged to come to one of these info sessions and ask questions of GEO staff afterwards or email

While Amherst does not grant credit nor award financial aid for summer study - whether in the U.S. or abroad - we encourage students to participate in summer programs. We have developed some resources to help you choose a program and find funding, if necessary. 

Amherst College Summer Study Abroad Fellowships

Generous alumni have funded the Summer Study Abroad Fellowships, where students can study abroad on a program under these conditions:

  • Program is a minimum of 6 weeks. You can pair two summer sessions from the same provider together if one session by a program is less than 6 weeks.
  • The program must be from the summer program list. (You may apply to a program not on the list so long as it is recommended by expert faculty from Amherst.)
  • Students must be first, second, or third year students; seniors who are graduates at the time of participation are not eligible.

After participation in the program, students are required to:

  • Complete an evaluation of your experience for Amherst.
  • Submit a letter of appreciation to the donor(s).
  • Organize an event with the Global Education Office about your study abroad country and program.

Recipients are chosen by the faculty Committee on Global Education. All applications must be complete by Friday, March 15, 2024. Instructions and the application are online. 

Finding and Funding a Summer Program

If you are not applying for one of the fellowships but considering study away by either financing it yourself or seeking aid from the program, please read on. Since Amherst does not grant credit nor award financial aid for summer study, we do not have an approved list of programs but do recommend students look at the program list for suggestions, but many of the semester programs we use offer summer options. 

There are many more programs you can find through and IIEPassport. If you are interested in language study, please see the website (and please note many of these opportunities are only available to U.S. citizens).

There are also many language schools overseas that offer short non-credit-bearing courses.  These programs can range anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.  Program fees and services may vary; be sure to research each thoroughly to see if the school is appropriate for you.  Like all summer experiences, Amherst College does not give credit for these types of schools, but a few suggestions are below.  It is your responsibility to evaluate the school and determine whether or not it meets your needs.

Finding Your Summer Program

Funding Your Summer Program

The Amherst summer fellowships are competitive, so you may want to look for alternative sources of funding. Many study abroad providers will have scholarship (merit- and need-based)  available for their summer programs. Check directly with the provider to find out if you qualify. For example:

  • Association for Asian Studies, for which Amherst is a member, has a wonderful resource page for study to Asia and study of Asian languages.
  • HKU Crimson Summer Exchange brings western university students, Hong Kong University students, local and Mainland China secondary students for a summer cross-cultural education program. Fellowships cover tuition, room, board and partial airfare. 
  • Middlebury College has 100 Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace to study critical languages.
  • Organization of Tropical Studies, Duke University for advanced biology students: Research Experience for Undergraduates
  • The School of Russian and Asian Studies has a listing of funding opportunities - including their own - for study to Russian-speaking countries.
  • Columbia University's Office of Global Programs offers scholarships for their summer programs in China and Japan.
  • The University of East Anglia in the UK has scholarships for summer study each year.
  • The University of Auckland has scholarship opportunities for research from mid-December to January, which is "summer" in NZ.  These scholarships are available in many departments, from the university homepage choose a faculty (e.g. Faculty of Arts) and choose "Summer Research Scholarships" from the right-hand menu.
  • The Taiwan Scholarship Program offered by the Minsistry of Education in Taiwan provides grants that include tuition and a monthly stipend.
  • Woods Hole Partnership in Education Program is a 4-week course and 6-10 week research project for students in the natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering. Scholarship covers tuition, room and board, and a stipend.

Other organizations are:

There are also special scholarships offered through the U.S. government (for U.S. citizens):

  • U.S. Critical Language Program - offers intensive study of targeted "critical languages" at determined summer institutes around the world.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Boren Scholarships - offer summer language study at a study abroad program of the applicant's choice, but students must be in the sciences, technology, and engineering.  Students from other disciplines should consider a Boren Scholarship for a semester or year.  Each scholarship requires a term of government service; applicants must be U.S. citizens.  See website for more details.
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship - provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding.  Study abroad program to non-traditional areas is highly encouraged (e.g. to Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East).  See website for more details.

Be sure to visit, and, for more resources on funding your summer experience.