Office of Student Affairs

Exchange Programs and Study Abroad

The 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 a teacher 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, the College has special exchange arrangements with Bowdoin, Connecticut, Dartmouth, Mount Holyoke, 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 in the Five College area, or who wish to experience a similar, but different, college environment, the opportunity to do so with the minimum of difficulty. Further information is available from the Twelve College Exchange coordinators of the participating colleges. The coordinator for Amherst College is the Director of International Experience 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 man’s relationship with the sea. Further information is available on the Domestic Study website.

Dartmouth Dual Degree Engineering Program

Through the Twelve College Exchange, a student may spend junior year at Dartmouth College studying engineering. After graduating from Amherst, the student would have the option to return to Dartmouth for an additional year to earn a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree from Dartmouth College. Further information is available on the Domestic Study website or from Professor William A. Loinaz. You can also visit the Dartmouth College website.

The National Theatre Institute

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

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.

Göttingen Exchange

Amherst maintains a student exchange program with Göttingen University in Germany. Each year, upon application to the Department of German, two Amherst students are selected to attend Göttingen University. 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 of German website.

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 University can be obtained from Professor Samuel Morse and the study abroad website.