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 Citysort icon Country Language(s) of instruction available Requires petition? Term offered
England Flag London School of Economics and Political Science London England English
no
full-year
England Flag School of Oriental and African Studies London England Arabic, Chinese, English, Hebrew, Japanese
no
two spring semesters
The Netherlands Flag Center for European Studies at Maastrict University Maastrict The Netherlands English
no
semester
Spain Flag Syracuse University Madrid Madrid Spain English, Spanish
no
semester
Spain Flag Boston University Madrid Advanced Language Program (Level II) Madrid Spain Spanish
no
semester
Spain Flag Boston University Madrid University Studies Program (Level III) Madrid Spain Spanish
no
semester - spring only
Spain Flag Middlebury School in Spain: Madrid Madrid Spain Spanish
no
semester
Spain Flag Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain Madrid Spain Spanish
no
semester
India Flag South India Term Abroad Madurai India English
no
semester
Nicaragua Flag SIT Nicaragua: Youth Culture, Literacy and Media Managua Nicaragua Spanish
no
semester
Tanzania Flag School for Field Studies Tanzania: Wildlife Management Studies Manyara Tanzania
no
semester
Australia Flag University of Melbourne Melbourne Australia English
no
semester
Mexico Flag IFSA-Butler Language and Cultural Studies in the Yucatán Mérida Mexico Spanish
no
semester
Italy Flag IES Milan Milan Italy English, Italian
no
semester
Uruguay Flag Middlebury School in Uruguay: Montevideo Montevideo Uruguay Spanish
no
semester
France Flag University of North Carolina at Montpellier Montpellier France French
no
semester
Russia Flag Middlebury School in Russia: Moscow Moscow Russia Russian
no
semester
Russia Flag ACTR Russia Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir Russia Russian
no
semester
United States Flag Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program Mystic, CT and various U.S. Ports United States English
no
semester
Japan Flag IES Nagoya Nagoya Japan English, Japanese
no
semester
Kenya Flag SIT Kenya: Urbanization, Health and Human Rights Nairobi Kenya English
Requires petition
semester
China Flag CIEE Nanjing: Intensive Chinese Language & Culture at Nanjing University Nanjing China Chinese, English
no
semester
France Flag IES Nantes Nantes France French
no
semester
India Flag SIT India: National Identity and the Arts New Delhi India English
Requires petition
semester
Brazil Flag Middlebury School in Brazil: Niterói Niterói Brazil Portuguese
Requires petition
semester
England Flag University of East Anglia Norwich England English
no
semester
Japan Flag CET Osaka Osaka Japan English, Japanese
Requires petition
semester
Spain Flag UMass Oviedo Oviedo Spain Spanish
Requires petition
semester - spring only
England Flag University of Oxford Oxford England English
no
two spring semesters
England Flag University of Oxford: Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies Oxford England English
no
semester

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