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
India Flag SIT India: National Identity and the Arts New Delhi India English
Requires petition
semester
Thailand Flag SUNY Brockport Thailand: Mahidol University Salaya Thailand English
Requires petition
semester
Ghana Flag NYU Accra Accra Ghana English
Requires petition
semester
Panama Flag School for Field Studies Panama: Tropical Island Biodiversity and Conservation Studies Bocas del Toro Panama English, Spanish
Requires petition
semester
Indonesia Flag SIT Indonesia: Arts, Religion, and Social Change Bedulu Indonesia English
Requires petition
semester
Tanzania Flag Asscoiated Colleges of the Midwest in Tanzania: Ecology & Human Origins Dar es Salaam Tanzania English
Requires petition
semester - fall only
China Flag Middlebury in China Beijing, Hangzhou, Kunming China Chinese, English
Requires petition
semester
India Flag Brown in India Delhi India English
Requires petition
semester
Mexico Flag CIEE Guanajuato Guanajuato Mexico Spanish
Requires petition
semester
Kenya Flag SIT Kenya: Urbanization, Health and Human Rights Nairobi Kenya English
Requires petition
semester
Peru Flag IFSA-Butler at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Lima Peru Spanish
Requires petition
semester
Brazil Flag Middlebury School in Brazil: Belo Horizonte Belo Horizonte Brazil Portuguese
Requires petition
semester
Italy Flag Associated Colleges of the Midwest Florence: Arts, Humanities, & Culture Florence Italy English, Italian
Requires petition
semester - fall only
Brazil Flag Middlebury School in Brazil: Niterói Niterói Brazil Portuguese
Requires petition
semester
Mongolia Flag SIT Mongolia: Nomadic Culture and Globalization Ulaanbaatar Mongolia English
Requires petition
semester
Nepal Flag SIT Nepal: Development & Social Change Kathmandu Nepal English
Requires petition
semester
Japan Flag CET Osaka Osaka Japan English, Japanese
Requires petition
semester

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