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
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
Senegal Flag Wells College in Dakar Dakar Senegal French
no
semester - spring only
Germany Flag Berlin Consortium for German Studies, Columbia University Berlin Germany German
no
semester - spring only
Spain Flag Boston University Madrid University Studies Program (Level III) Madrid Spain Spanish
no
semester - spring only
Spain Flag UMass Oviedo Oviedo Spain Spanish
Requires petition
semester - spring only
Germany Flag Brown in Berlin Berlin or Tübingen Germany German
no
semester - spring only
India Flag Emory Tibetan Studies Program Dharamsala India English
no
semester - spring only
Italy Flag Sarah Lawrence in Catania Catania Italy Italian
Requires petition
semester - spring only
New Zealand Flag Frontiers Abroad Geology of New Zealand Christchurch New Zealand English
no
semester - spring only
Germany Flag Smith in Hamburg Hamburg Germany English, German
no
semester - spring only
Israel Flag Hebrew University: Spring in Jerusalem Honors Program Jerusalem Israel Arabic, English, Hebrew
no
semester - spring only
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 College London for Neuroscience Majors London England English
no
two spring semesters
England Flag Courtauld Institute of Art London England English
no
two spring semesters
England Flag University of Cambridge Cambridge England English
no
two spring semesters
England Flag Royal Holloway Surrey England English
no
two spring semesters
England Flag University of Oxford Oxford England English
no
two spring semesters
England Flag School of Oriental and African Studies London England Arabic, Chinese, English, Hebrew, Japanese
no
two spring semesters

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