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 Syracuse University in Florence (Fine Arts and Architecture Studies credit only) Florence Italy English, Italian
no
semester
Chile Flag IFSA-Butler Chilean Universities Program, Valparaíso Valparaíso Chile Spanish
no
semester
Costa Rica Flag Associated Colleges of the Midwest: Community Engagement in Public Health, Education, and the Environment San Jose Costa Rica English, Spanish
no
semester - fall only
England Flag University of Bristol Bristol England English
no
semester
Egypt Flag Middlebury School in Egypt: Alexandria Alexandria Egypt Arabic, English
no
semester
France Flag Center for University Programs Abroad Paris France French
no
semester
Australia Flag University of Western Australia Perth Australia English
no
semester
Costa Rica Flag Organization of Tropical Studies: Tropical Biology Various Costa Rica English
no
semester
China Flag CIEE Nanjing: Intensive Chinese Language & Culture at Nanjing University Nanjing China Chinese, English
no
semester
United States Flag SEA Semester Various United States English
no
semester
Israel Flag Dance Jerusalem at Hebrew University Jerusalem Israel Arabic, English, Hebrew
no
semester - fall only
China Flag IES Beijing: Beijing Foreign Studies University Beijing China Chinese, English
no
semester
Morocco Flag AMIDEAST Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane Ifrane Morocco Arabic, English, French
no
semester
Costa Rica Flag IFSA-Butler Costa Rica Study Abroad Program at Universidad Nacional Heredia Costa Rica Spanish
no
semester
Costa Rica Flag Associated Colleges of the Midwest: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities San Jose Costa Rica English, Spanish
no
semester - spring only
England Flag University of Cambridge Cambridge England English
no
two spring semesters
France Flag Middlebury School in France: Bordeaux Bordeaux France French
no
semester
France Flag Vassar-Wesleyan in Paris Paris France French
no
semester
United States Flag O’Neill National Theater Institute Waterford, CT United States English
no
semester
Czech Republic Flag CIEE Prague: Central European Studies Prague Czech Republic English
no
semester
United States Flag Semester in Environmental Science Woods Hole, MA United States English
no
semester
United States Flag Dartmouth Dual Degree Engineering Program Hanover, NH United States English
no
full-year
Egypt Flag IFSA-Butler in Egypt: Egyptology and Literature Cairo Egypt Arabic, English
Requires petition
semester
Czech Republic Flag CET Prague: Jewish Studies Prague Czech Republic English
Requires petition
semester
Botswana Flag Pitzer in Botswana Gaborone Botswana English
Requires petition
semester
Italy Flag Siena Art Institute Siena Italy English, Italian
Requires petition
semester
South Africa Flag SIT South Africa: Community Health and Social Policy Durban South Africa English
Requires petition
semester
Egypt Flag IFSA-Butler in Egypt: Middle Eastern Music, Helwan University Cairo Egypt Arabic, English
Requires petition
semester
Mexico Flag Augsburg College Crossing Borders: Gender and Social Change in Mesoamerica Cuernavaca Mexico English, Spanish
Requires petition
semester - fall only
Nepal Flag Pitzer in Nepal Kathmandu Nepal English
Requires petition
semester

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