Office of Student Affairs

Exchanges, Consortiums and Study Away

Amherst College encourages students to participate in educational programs at other institutions in the United States and abroad. In addition to the following programs sponsored or co-sponsored by Amherst, students may participate in programs offered by other American or foreign institutions. 

Selected students may participate in Independent Study projects under guidance from teachers at Amherst College without enrollment at host institu­tions and may pursue their studies elsewhere in the United States or abroad.

The Twelve College Exchange

Within the Northeast, Amherst College has special exchange arrangements with Bowdoin, Connecticut, Dartmouth, Mount Holyoke, O’Neil National Theater Institute, Smith, Trinity, Vassar, Wellesley and Wheaton Colleges and Wesleyan University, which together form the Twelve College Exchange Program. This arrangement gives students who wish to take advantage of special programs not available at Amherst, or who wish to experience a similar but different college environment, the opportunity to do so with minimal difficulty. Further information is available from the Twelve College Exchange coordinators of the participating colleges. The coordinator for Amherst College is the Study Abroad Office, and information is available on the Domestic Study website.

The Williams College—Mystic Seaport Program in American Maritime Studies

This program is available to undergraduate participants through the Twelve College Exchange program. Its purpose is to provide undergraduates with the opportunity to focus one semester of their studies on our complex relationship with the sea. Further information is available online.

Dartmouth Dual-Degree Engineering Program

A student may spend junior year at Dartmouth College studying engineering. After graduating from Amherst, the student has the option to return to Dartmouth for an additional year to earn a bachelor of engineering (B.E.) degree from Dartmouth. Interested students can contact Professor William A. Loinaz ( for more information and contact the Study Abroad Office for more information about domestic study. See

The National Theater Institute

Through a Twelve College Exchange arrangement, undergraduate partici­pation in the program of the National Theatre Institute in Waterford, Conn., is possible. Further information is available online.

The Associated Kyoto Program

The Associated Kyoto Program, sponsored by Amherst and 15 other institu­tions, is hosted by Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. It emphasizes direct and intensive contact with the Japanese and aims to develop in students an understanding of Japan’s culture, history, language and contemporary society. The program carries credit equivalent to a full academic year’s course work. About 50 students are admitted each year, with applicants from member insti­tutions receiving priority. Information can be obtained from Professor Tim Van Compernolle ( and online at

Doshisha University Fall Exchange and Summer Session Fellowship

Each year Amherst sends four undergraduate students to Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. Two students are selected to spend the fall semester as visiting students and take language and area studies classes alongside Japanese and other international students. Two additional students are selected to attend the Doshisha University Summer Session. These undergraduate opportunities add to the many ways in which the College partners with Doshisha. Information about the College’s programs and history with Doshisha can be obtained from Professor Samuel Morse ( and the Study Abroad website.

Göttingen Exchange

Amherst maintains a student exchange program with Göttingen University in Germany. Each year, upon application to the College’s Department of German, two Amherst students are selected to attend Göttingen. In return, Am­herst accepts two Göttingen students to study at the College and to serve as language assistants in the German Department. Details about the exchange programs may be obtained from the department’s website.

Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE) Program

The Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE) Program is a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. Consortium members, in addition to Amherst, are Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Carleton, Gustavus Adolphus and Swarthmore Colleges and the College of the Holy Cross. Students spend a semester studying language, social sciences and humanities and their own academic interests through research while immersed in a culturally rich environment. Visit the ISLE website for more details.