Study Abroad

Summer Study Abroad

Submitted by Janna K. Behrens

While Amherst does not grant credit nor award financial aid for summer study abroad, we encourage students to participate and have developed some resources to help you choose a program and find funding, if necessary.

Amherst College Summer Study Abroad Fellowships

Finding a summer study abroad program

Funding a summer study abroad program


Amherst College Summer Study Abroad Fellowships

(Fellowships are for first-years, sophomores, and juniors only)

Doshisha University Summer Session Fellowship

Amherst College has an exchange with Doshisha University which includes two fellowships for participation in the Doshisha University Summer Session.  This fellowship includes tuition, room and board; students must pay for airfare and personal expenses.  Students must have a minimum of one year of college-level Japanese (or the equivalent) to apply.   After participation in the program, students are required to complete an evaluation of the experience for Amherst College.

The program combines Japanese language classes and excursions from Monday through Saturday.  Students will be housed in shared rooms at the Regina-Kyoto, which is a five minute walk from campus.  As the Summer Session is a short-term program, there are no examinations and therefore no academic credit is issued by Doshisha.  This two-week program starts in mid-July; official dates to be determined by Doshisha in the spring semester.  Applicants need to have at least a basic knowledge of the Japanese language; they should at least be able to read and write the Hiragana and Katakana characters and do some basic conversation. 

Students are allowed to apply for both the Doshisha and the Shoyu fellowships.  Be sure to review the program links for detailed descriptions of the programs in order to better understand the differences between the two.  If a student applies to Doshisha or Shoyu Fellowship (or both), s/he is not eligible for the Ouyang Family, Roch-McKinstry, and Ford Summer Study Abroad Fellowship to study Japanese language and culture.  After returning home, students must complete an evaluation of the experience for Amherst College.

The Doshisha University Summer Session Fellowship application is due Friday February 28th.  All documents should be sent to jbehrens[at]amherst.edu or AC 2210 by the deadline. 

If you have problems opening the application, hard copies are available in the Study Abroad library in the Career Center.

The Ouyang Family Summer Study Abroad Fellowship
The Roch-McKinstry Study Abroad Fund
William E. Ford III 1983 Fund

(Fellowships are for first-years, sophomores, and juniors only)

Several Amherst alumni have generously endowed funds for students to participate in summer study abroad programs. These are highly selective fellowships that will fund students to attend a language and culture, research, or internship study abroad program from our approved summer study abroad list.  You may apply to a program not on the approved list so long as it is recommended by expert faculty from Amherst. Roughly half of the Ouyang fellowships will be awarded to students interested in programs in China, and the rest, including the Roch-McKinstry and Ford funds, allow for study to any part of the world.  Ouyang recipients must be on financial aid in the semester prior to the summer abroad.  Students applying to the Doshisha or Shoyu Club Japanese language study fellowships (which have a separate application) are not permitted to submit this application as well. Students must be undergraduates at the time of participation in the program.  After participation in the program, students are required to:

  • Complete an evaluation of your experience for Amherst.
  • Submit a letter of appreciation to the donor(s).
  • Organize an event with the Career Center about your study abroad country and program.

The Ouyang Family/Roch-McKinstry/Ford Summer Study Abroad Fellowship application is due Friday February 28th.  All documents should be sent to jbehrens[at]amherst.edu or AC 2210 by the deadline. 

If you have problems opening the application, hard copies are available in the Study Abroad library in the Career Center.
 
Please note: It is possible that these awards will be taxable to the recipient(s) if s/he is a U.S. citizen, but the college is not required to report this payment and you should check with your tax accountant to see if taxes apply to your situation.

The Sally Rathmann Kadifa Family Foundation Fellowship

(Fellowships are for first-years, sophomores, and juniors only)

Through the generous support of two Amherst alumnae, Sally Rathman Kadifa, M.D. ’81 and Samia Geha Foster, M.D. ’92, three Amherst students will receive up to $6,000 to study Arabic at the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut (AUB) on the CAMES Summer Arabic Program.  The program runs from June 23 - August 8, 2014.  The Fellowship covers tuition, accommodation in a double room with shared bath on the AUB campus, a required health insurance fee, and may cover partial airfare (depending on price).  Students must cover meals, books, personal expenses and any remaining airfare.  Students must be accepted into the program by AUB in order to receive the fellowship.  After participation in the program, students are required to:

  • Complete an evaluation of your experience for Amherst College.
  • Submit a letter of appreciation to the donors.
  • Organize an event with the Career Center about your study abroad country and program.
Please note: It is possible that this award will be taxable to the recipient(s) if s/he is a U.S. citizen, but the college is not required to report this payment and you should check with your tax accountant to see if taxes apply to your situation.  Awardees must also submit additional documentation (for example, passport photos, a copy of the awardees passport page, and other information) required by AUB.  Awardees will be notified of these details upon notification of award.
 
The Sally Kadifa-Rathmann Family Foundation Summer Fellowship application is due Monday, February 3, 2014.  All documents should be sent to jbehrens[at]amherst.edu or AC 2210 by the deadline. 

If you have problems opening the application, hard copies are available in the Study Abroad library in the Career Center.

Finding a summer study abroad program

If you are not applying for one of the fellowships but considering study abroad by either financing it yourself or seeking aid from the program, please read on.  Many of the study abroad providers that have semester and year-long programs will also offer summer study abroad.  In addition there are other programs run by colleges exclusively in the summer.  Since Amherst does not grant credit nor award financial aid for summer study, we do not have an approved list of programs but do recommend students look at the program list for suggestions.  The large study abroad providers all have summer study; a short list is below.  Please note this is not exhaustive!  There are many more programs you can find through www.studyabroad.com.

International Programs:
Domestic Programs:

There are also many language schools overseas that offer short non-credit bearing courses.  These programs can range anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.  Program fees and services may vary; be sure to research each thoroughly to see if the school is appropriate for you.  Like all summer experiences, Amherst College does not  give credit for these types of schools, but a few suggestions are below.  It is your responsibility to evaluate the school and determine whether or not it meets your needs.

Arabic
Chinese
French
German
Italian
Russian
Spanish

More language school suggestions around the world through Transitionsabroad.com, andother opportunities can be found in the study abroad library in the Career Center at the following websites:

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Funding a summer study abroad program

Many study abroad providers will have scholarship (merit- and need-based)  available for their summer programs.  Check directly with the provider to find out if you qualify.  For example:

Other organizations are:

  • The DAAD organization has many fully and partially funded opportunities in Germany.
  • For students interested in economics, environmental studies, real estate and property management, the FIABCI-USA, the U.S. chapter of the International Real Estate Federation, offers scholarships for educational programs in these disciplines in the U.S. or abroad.

There are also special scholarships offered through the U.S. government (for U.S. citizens):

  • U.S. Critical Language Program - offers intensive study of targeted "critical languages" at determined summer institutes around the world.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Boren Scholarships - offer summer language study at a study abroad program of the applicant's choice, but students must be in the sciences, technology, and engineering.  Students from other disciplines should consider a Boren Scholarship for a semester or year.  Each scholarship requires a term of government service; applicants must be U.S. citizens.  See website for more details.
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship - provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding.  Study abroad program to non-traditional areas is highly encouraged (e.g. to Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East).  See website for more details.
  • Freeman-ASIA scholarships are for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.  Applications must also be endorsed by both the study abroad adviser and the financial aid adviser.

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Be sure to visit StudyAbroadFunding.org  and StudyAbroad.com for more resources on funding your study abroad experience.  The guide Financial Resources for International Study in the Career Center is also available.