Study Abroad

Study Abroad Approved Program List

globe.jpgUnless 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 Country Language(s) of instruction available Requires petition? Term offeredsort icon
Russia Flag Middlebury School in Russia: Moscow Moscow Russia Russian
no
semester
Italy Flag IES Milan Milan Italy English, Italian
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
Sweden Flag The Swedish Program Stockholm Sweden English
no
semester
China Flag Beijing University of Language and Culture Beijing China Chinese, English
no
semester
Cameroon Flag SIT Cameroon: Social Pluralism and Development Yaoundé Cameroon English, French
Requires petition
semester
Hungary Flag AIT Budapest Budapest Hungary English
Requires petition
semester
Russia Flag Middlebury School in Russia: Yaroslavl Yaroslavl Russia Russian
no
semester
Japan Flag IES Nagoya Nagoya Japan English, Japanese
no
semester
Russia Flag CIEE St. Petersburg: Russian Language St. Petersburg Russia Russian
no
semester
Ireland Flag Trinity College Dublin Dublin Ireland English
no
semester
Chile Flag SIT Chile: Political Systems and Economic Development Santiago Chile Spanish
Requires petition
semester
China Flag Alliance for Global Education in Beijing Beijing China Chinese, English
no
semester
Spain Flag Middlebury School in Spain: Córdoba Córdoba Spain Spanish
no
semester
France Flag IES Nantes Nantes France French
no
semester
South Africa Flag CIEE Stellenbosch: University Arts & Sciences Stellenbosch South Africa English
Requires petition
semester
Trinidad Flag Trinity-in-Trinidad St. Augustine Trinidad English
Requires petition
semester
Spain Flag Boston University Madrid Advanced Language Program (Level II) Madrid Spain Spanish
no
semester
Czech Republic Flag SIT Czech Republic: Arts and Social Change Prague Czech Republic English
Requires petition
semester
India Flag Alliance for Global Education in India: Development, Environment, Public Health Pune India English
Requires petition
semester
Spain Flag Middlebury School in Spain: Logroño Logroño Spain Spanish
no
semester
France Flag IES Paris: French Studies Program Paris France French
no
semester
Taiwan Flag CIEE Taipei: Intensive Chinese Language and Culture Taipei Taiwan Chinese, English
Requires petition
semester
Germany Flag UMass Baden-Württemberg Program Baden-Württemberg (option to study in 9 cities within the state of B-W) Germany English, German
no
semester
Ecuador Flag SIT Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation Quito Ecuador Spanish
Requires petition
semester
China Flag Alliance for Global Education in Shanghai Shanghai China Chinese, English
no
semester
Spain Flag Middlebury School in Spain: Madrid Madrid Spain Spanish
no
semester
Italy Flag IES Rome: Language & Area Studies Rome Italy English, Italian
no
semester
Japan Flag CIEE Tokyo: Arts & Sciences Tokyo Japan English, Japanese
no
semester
Italy Flag Boston University Padua Language & Liberal Arts Program Padua Italy Italian
no
semester

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