Five College Buddhist Studies Certificate Program

Study Abroad

The Certificate Program strongly encourages students to seek out opportunities for studying abroad. There are many wonderful opportunities for interterm, summer or semester programs in Asia.

How do you find a good study abroad program? Start with your campus's Study Abroad website (linked below) for their lists of approved programs for each country you might be interested in. In most cases you are not limited to this list, but if you become interested in a program that is not on your campus's approved list you will need to discuss the program with your campus advisor and the director of the Study Abroad office on your campus to make sure it will be approved.

In addition, see our Resources page for a list of several study and travel abroad opportunities.

Professor Jay Garfield (Smith College) runs a fabulous Interterm program at Sarnath, India, where students spend January studying at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies. Students from all five campuses are encouraged to apply. Applications are available every year in early fall semester.

The ISLE Program in Sri Lanka is an excellent program to study Buddhism, and Amherst College is a member of its consortium so Five College students get special consideration for it. This is an atypical study abroad program that offers a demanding academic and intense cultural experience designed for highly motivated students with interests in various aspects of South Asian cultures and societies. (Offered in fall and spring semesters.) Contact Professor Maria Heim at Amherst if you are interested, or check out the website.

Study Abroad Offices

Amherst College

Hampshire College

Mount Holyoke College

Smith College

University of Massachusetts Amherst