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
Russia Flag Duke in St. Petersburg St. Petersburg Russia Russian
no
semester
Scotland Flag University of Edinburgh Edinburgh Scotland English
no
semester
Jordan Flag CIEE Amman: Arabic Language Program Amman Jordan Arabic, English
no
semester
Tanzania Flag SIT Tanzania: Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology Arusha Tanzania English
Requires petition
semester
India Flag Antioch Education Abroad India: Buddhist Studies Bodh Gaya India English
no
semester
Mexico Flag IFSA-Butler Language and Cultural Studies in the Yucatán Mérida Mexico Spanish
no
semester
China Flag University of Hong Kong Hong Kong China Chinese, English
Requires petition
semester
Jordan Flag CIEE Amman: Language and Culture Amman Jordan Arabic, English
no
semester
Vietnam Flag SIT Viet Nam: Culture, Social Change, and Development Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam English
Requires petition
semester
Mali Flag Antioch Education Abroad West Africa: African Arts and Culture Kankan Mali English, French
Requires petition
semester
Italy Flag Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome Rome Italy English, Greek, Italian, Latin
no
semester
Costa Rica Flag University of Kansas in Costa Rica San Jose Costa Rica Spanish
no
semester
New Zealand Flag Frontiers Abroad New Zealand Earth Systems Auckland New Zealand English
no
semester
Australia Flag University of Melbourne Melbourne Australia English
no
semester
The Netherlands Flag CIEE Amsterdam: Social Sciences Amsterdam The Netherlands English
no
semester
Switzerland Flag Smith in Geneva Geneva Switzerland English, French
no
semester
Cuba Flag Sarah Lawrence in Cuba Havana Cuba Spanish
Requires petition
semester
New Zealand Flag Frontiers Abroad New Zealand Earth Systems Christchurch New Zealand English
no
semester
France Flag University of North Carolina at Montpellier Montpellier France French
no
semester
China Flag CIEE Beijing: Intensive Chinese Language & Advanced Chinese Studies at Peking University Beijing China Chinese, English
no
semester
Japan Flag Antioch Education Abroad: Japan and its Buddhist Traditions Kyoto Japan English, Japanese
no
semester
Italy Flag Sarah Lawrence in Florence Florence Italy English, Italian
no
semester
South Africa Flag ISA at University of Cape Town Cape Town South Africa English
no
semester
Germany Flag FU-BEST (Berlin European Studies) Berlin Germany English, German
no
semester
New Zealand Flag University of Otago Dunedin New Zealand English
no
semester
Botswana Flag CIEE Botswana: Arts & Sciences Gaborone Botswana English
Requires petition
semester
France Flag APA Paris Paris France French
no
semester
Australia Flag School for Field Studies Australia: Tropical Rainforest Studies Yungaburra Australia English
no
semester
Sri Lanka Flag ISLE Kandy Sri Lanka English
no
semester
Ecuador Flag GAIAS: Galapagos Institute for the Arts and Sciences Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal Island) Ecuador English, Spanish
no
semester

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