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 Countrysort icon Language(s) of instruction available Requires petition? Term offered
Nepal Flag SIT Nepal: Development & Social Change Kathmandu Nepal English
Requires petition
semester
Nepal Flag Pitzer in Nepal Kathmandu Nepal English
Requires petition
semester
New Zealand Flag University of Auckland Auckland New Zealand English
no
semester
New Zealand Flag Frontiers Abroad Geology of New Zealand Christchurch New Zealand English
no
semester - spring only
New Zealand Flag Frontiers Abroad New Zealand Earth Systems Auckland New Zealand English
no
semester
New Zealand Flag Frontiers Abroad New Zealand Earth Systems Christchurch New Zealand English
no
semester
New Zealand Flag University of Otago Dunedin New Zealand English
no
semester
Nicaragua Flag SIT Nicaragua: Youth Culture, Literacy and Media Managua Nicaragua Spanish
no
semester
Panama Flag School for Field Studies Panama: Tropical Island Biodiversity and Conservation Studies Bocas del Toro Panama English, Spanish
Requires petition
semester
Bolivia Flag SIT Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change Cochabamba Bolivia Spanish
Requires petition
semester
Peru Flag IFSA-Butler at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Lima Peru Spanish
Requires petition
semester
Russia Flag ACTR Russia Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir Russia Russian
no
semester
Russia Flag Middlebury School in Russia: Irkutsk Irkutsk Russia Russian
no
semester
Russia Flag Bard-Smolny St. Petersburg Russia English, Russian
no
semester
Russia Flag Middlebury School in Russia: Moscow Moscow Russia Russian
no
semester
Russia Flag Middlebury School in Russia: Yaroslavl Yaroslavl Russia Russian
no
semester
Russia Flag CIEE St. Petersburg: Russian Language St. Petersburg Russia Russian
no
semester
Russia Flag Duke in St. Petersburg St. Petersburg Russia Russian
no
semester
Scotland Flag University of Edinburgh Edinburgh Scotland English
no
semester
Scotland Flag University of St. Andrews St. Andrews Scotland English
no
semester
Senegal Flag Wells College in Dakar Dakar Senegal French
no
semester - spring only
South Africa Flag CIEE Stellenbosch: University Arts & Sciences Stellenbosch South Africa English
Requires petition
semester
South Africa Flag Organization of Tropical Studies: African Ecology and Conservation Various South Africa English
no
semester
South Africa Flag SIT South Africa: Community Health and Social Policy Durban South Africa English
Requires petition
semester
South Africa Flag ISA at University of Cape Town Cape Town South Africa English
no
semester
South Africa Flag CIEE Cape Town: Arts & Sciences Cape Town South Africa English
no
semester
Spain Flag Syracuse University Madrid Madrid Spain English, Spanish
no
semester
Spain Flag IES Granada: Advanced Language Program Granada Spain Spanish
no
semester
Spain Flag IES Granada: Intermediate Language Program Granada Spain English, Spanish
no
semester
Spain Flag Middlebury School in Spain: Córdoba Córdoba Spain Spanish
no
semester

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