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?sort icon Term offered
Italy Flag Boston University Padua Language & Liberal Arts Program Padua Italy Italian
no
semester
England Flag University of Oxford Oxford England English
no
two spring semesters
Spain Flag Middlebury School in Spain: Madrid Madrid Spain Spanish
no
semester
Costa Rica Flag School for Field Studies Costa Rica: Sustainable Development Studies Atenas Field Station Costa Rica English, Spanish
no
semester
Japan Flag CIEE Tokyo: Arts & Sciences Tokyo Japan English, Japanese
no
semester
Spain Flag Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain Madrid Spain Spanish
no
semester
China Flag Alliance for Global Education in Xi'an Xi'an China Chinese, English
no
semester
Spain Flag IES Salamanca Salamanca Spain Spanish
no
semester
Greece Flag Arcadia Center for Hellenic, Balkan, and Mediterranean Studies and Research Athens Greece English, Greek
no
semester
Ecuador Flag Universidad San Francisco de Quito Quito Ecuador Spanish
no
semester
Japan Flag Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies, Columbia University Kyoto Japan English, Japanese
no
semester
Germany Flag Brown in Berlin Berlin or Tübingen Germany German
no
semester - spring only
England Flag University of Oxford: Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies Oxford England English
no
semester
Uruguay Flag Middlebury School in Uruguay: Montevideo Montevideo Uruguay Spanish
no
semester
South Africa Flag CIEE Cape Town: Arts & Sciences Cape Town South Africa English
no
semester
Kenya Flag School for Field Studies Kenya: Wildlife Management Studies Kimana Kenya English
no
semester
France Flag Hamilton College Junior Year in France Paris France French
no
semester
Germany Flag American Junior Year at Heidelberg University Heidelberg Germany German
no
semester
Austria Flag IES Vienna Vienna Austria English, German
no
semester
Spain Flag Arcadia University in Toledo Toledo Spain Spanish
no
semester
England Flag University College London London England English
no
semester
England Flag London School of Economics and Political Science London England English
no
full-year
  Brown in Germany Berlin German German
no
semester
England Flag University of Oxford: New College Direct Enroll Oxford England English
no
full-year
Ghana Flag CIEE Ghana: Arts & Sciences Legon Ghana English
no
semester
Greece Flag College Year in Athens Athens Greece English, Greek
no
semester
Israel Flag Hebrew University Jerusalem Israel Arabic, English, Hebrew
no
semester
Lebanon Flag American University of Beirut Beirut Lebanon Arabic, English, French
no
semester
Brazil Flag SUNY New Paltz: Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro Brazil Portuguese
no
semester
Argentina Flag IFSA-Butler Argentine Universities Program Buenos Aires or Mendoza Argentina Spanish
no
semester

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