Study Abroad

Study Abroad Approved Program List

globeUnless it is absolutely impossible, try to study abroad for a year instead of one semestre. The experience is profoundly richer, and your relationship with the people and the place, deeper. One year is shorter than I initially thought, especially because I enjoyed it so much.

Lauren Delapenha 14, Buenos Aires

This page is the gateway to view the list of study abroad programs and foreign universities which the faculty Committee on International Education has approved - or is encouraging students to petition - for Amherst College transfer credit.  When browsing programs, you may wish to read evaluations written by Amherst students who have participated with these programs; they are grouped by country.

Programs approved for credit must have a strong academic curriculum and be run by an experienced administrative staff in the host country.  Programs must also offer substantial opportunities for immersion because, we believe, the most growth - personal, academic, linguistic - comes from as much direct contact with the host culture as possible. Therefore, we have selected programs for the approved list that reflect our expectations, which are below:

  • The curriculum is appropriate for the liberal arts.
  • The majority of the semester or year is spent in one country.
  • The program offers substantial opportunities for immersion.  For example, the majority of faculty are drawn from local institutions and organizations.  Living arrangements are with host families, dorms with local students, or dorms with other international students.  Living with other Americans is strongly discouraged, but possible if there is a compelling reason.  Extra-curricular activities at the host university or in the community must be available for program participants.
  • If the program is in a country where there is at least one non-English language spoken, students are expected to take one language course (at a minimum).
  • Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the policies for academic credit and information about transcripts from study abroad.
  • Please note: no credit is awarded for orientation courses/programs.

Students interested in programs that do not meet these expectations may petition the Committee on International Education. 

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Programs List Searchable Database

Search and sort programs:
Program Title City Countrysort icon Language(s) of instruction available Requires petition? Term offered
Argentina Flag Universidad de San Andrés (direct enroll) Buenos Aires Argentina Spanish
Requires petition
semester
Argentina Flag IFSA-Butler Argentine Universities Program Buenos Aires or Mendoza Argentina Spanish
no
semester
Argentina Flag Spanish Studies Abroad Córdoba, Argentina Córdoba Argentina Spanish
Requires petition
semester
Argentina Flag IES Argentina: Advanced Spanish Program Buenos Aires Argentina Spanish
no
semester
Argentina Flag IES Argentina: Latin American Societies & Cultures Buenos Aires Argentina English, Spanish
no
semester
Australia Flag University of Melbourne Melbourne Australia English
no
semester
Australia Flag School for Field Studies Australia: Tropical Rainforest Studies Yungaburra Australia English
no
semester
Australia Flag University of Queensland Brisbane Australia English
no
semester
Australia Flag University of Sydney Sydney Australia English
no
semester
Australia Flag University of Western Australia Perth Australia English
no
semester
Chile Flag CIEE Santiago: Liberal Arts Santiago Chile Spanish
no
semester
Chile Flag SIT Chile: Political Systems and Economic Development Santiago Chile Spanish
Requires petition
semester
Chile Flag IFSA-Butler Chilean Universities Program, Santiago Santiago Chile Spanish
no
semester
Chile Flag IFSA-Butler Chilean Universities Program, Valparaíso Valparaíso Chile Spanish
no
semester
China Flag CIEE Shanghai: Accelerated Chinese Studies and China in the Global Context at East China Normal University Shanghai China Chinese, English
no
semester
China Flag Beijing University of Language and Culture Beijing China Chinese, English
no
semester
China Flag Alliance for Global Education in Beijing Beijing China Chinese, English
no
semester
China Flag Alliance for Global Education in Shanghai Shanghai China Chinese, English
no
semester
China Flag Alliance for Global Education in Xi'an Xi'an China Chinese, English
no
semester
China Flag Columbia in Beijing at Tsinghua University, China Beijing China Chinese
no
semester
China Flag Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong China Chinese, English
no
semester
China Flag University of Hong Kong Hong Kong China Chinese, English
Requires petition
semester
China Flag CIEE Beijing: Intensive Chinese Language & Advanced Chinese Studies at Peking University Beijing China Chinese, English
no
semester
China Flag Middlebury in China Beijing, Hangzhou, Kunming China Chinese, English
Requires petition
semester
China Flag Associated Colleges in China (Hamilton College) at Minzu University of China Beijing China Chinese, English
no
semester
China Flag CIEE Nanjing: Intensive Chinese Language & Culture at Nanjing University Nanjing China Chinese, English
no
semester
China Flag IES Beijing: Beijing Foreign Studies University Beijing China Chinese, English
no
semester
Costa Rica Flag Organization of Tropical Studies: Global Health Various Costa Rica English
no
semester
Costa Rica Flag Organization of Tropical Studies: Tropical Biology Various Costa Rica English
no
semester
Costa Rica Flag IFSA-Butler Costa Rica Study Abroad Program at Universidad Nacional Heredia Costa Rica Spanish
no
semester

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