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Study Abroad and Language

Students in Asian Studies are strongly encouraged to consider studying an Asian language and undertaking a period of study in Asia.

Swarthmore currently offers Chinese and Japanese. Other Asian languages may be studied at the University of Pennsylvania during the regular academic year, in summer-language programs, or abroad. For languages offered at Swarthmore, courses above first-year level count toward the major or minor. For Asian languages not offered at Swarthmore, courses at the entry level may be approved if at least the equivalent of 1.5 credits is successfully completed in a program approved by the Asian Studies Committee.  The language requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Asian Studies coordinator in cases of demonstrated advanced oral and written proficiency in an Asian language relevant to a student's area of geographic focus.

Asian Studies faculty can recommend academically rigorous programs in several Asian countries. Study abroad is the ideal arena for intensive language study. Courses taken abroad may be applied toward the major or minor, subject to the approval of the Asian Studies coordinator. Note: at least half of the credits in a student's Asian Studies major or minor should be earned at Swarthmore.

The list below provides information on approved Study Abroad programs in China, Japan, and Southeast Asia.

Course Name Course Description
Associated Colleges in China Program in Beijing Hamilton College The ACC Intensive Language and Culture Program in Beijing is hosted by Minzu University (MUC) in Beijing. The program offers students the opportunity to improve Chinese language skills and cultural fluency. Fall, Spring, or Summer terms.
CET Program in Harbin and Beijing Institute of Education At CET Harbin, students push Chinese language skills to new heights. The All-Chinese curriculum and language ensure that Chinese is the sole means of communication. Program for intermediate and advanced language learners.
C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in China CET In cooperation with CET Academic Programs, this program offers immersion opportunities in language and culture in Beijing, Hangzhuo, and Kunming. Intended for students with intermediate to advanced Chinese language. The program structure includes housing with Chinese roommates and is designed to help students build upon their foundation of Chinese while rapidly increasing knowledge of language and culture.
International Chinese Language Program (ICLP) National Taiwan University Year-long language program with instruction of both modern and classical Chinese. Mandarin-speaking environment upholds much of traditional Chinese heritage and culture within the framework of a modern democratic society. Situated within the National Taiwan University, enjoy the benefits of a central location in Taipei along with access to the full range of NTU's academic and recreational resources.
Inter-University Program (IUP) Tsinghua University, Beijing IUP offers a 32-week academic year program, a 16-week semester option, or an 8-week summer intensive program. Student-teacher ratio is 1:3 for classes. Program includes daily private tutorial.
Mandarin Training Center National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei The Mandarin Training Center, subsidiary of NTNU, located in Taipei was founded in 1956 to teach Chinese as a second language. Currently, MTC is the largest center with approximately 1700 students from more than 70 countries enrolled each semester.
National Cheng Kung University Chinese Language Center Designed for students with no Chinese language ability or limited Chinese language experience. Classes held at NCKU in Taiwan assist students with Chinese language and essentials for academic studies.

Princeton in Beijing Summer Program

Princeton in Beijing is a unique summer-only Chinese language program using an American model. All teaching materials and methods are from Princeton and many teaching faculty are from the United States. Provides students with intensive learning in a natural Chinese language environment.
Course Name Course Description
Antioch Buddhist Studies Program Kyoto Earn semester credits while learning from scholars, professors and practitioners. Experience temple and monastic life. Participate in meditation and chanting. Complete an independent study project related to an aspect of Japanese religion and culture that follows your interests. Enjoy full access to Buddhist-affiliated Ryukoku University and visit Buddhist sights in Kyoto and Nara.
Asia in Today's World (ATW) Kyushu Univ. Summer Program Program held in Fukuoka City. Japanese language courses, first through 6th year. Three hours daily language instruction with option for cultural activities. Content courses in English offered in afternoons. Application deadline: Late February.
Associated Kyoto Program (AKP) Program is held at Doshisha University in Central Kyoto and runs from September 1 to late April. Offers 5 levels of Japanese language instruction from second year. Minimum of one year of Japanese required and at least one other Japan-related course. Minimum GPA of 3.0 and cumulative average of "B" or above in Japanese language courses. Application deadline: mid-January.
Hokkaido International Foundation Summer Program (HIF) Summer program in Japanese language. Offers levels 1.5 to 4th year Japanese.3 hours daily instruction with options for cultural activities. Application deadline: February 4.
IES Nagoya Program held at Nanzan University's Center for Japanese Studies outside Nagoya. Fall and Spring semestered offered. Most stuents stay in homestays. Intensive Japanese language clasases with 5 levels. Qualifications: 3.0 GPA and 3.0 GPA in Japanese courses. Recommended for sophomores or above with at least one year of Japanese study. Applicants must complete both IES and Uanzan University application forms. Deadline for fall: March 1; for Spring: August 1.
Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies Columbia University Program held at Imadegawa campus of Doshisha University, Central Kyoto. Small, intensive language courses. Affiliated with Kyoto University and Doshisha University. Open to students of third-year Japanese level and above. Application deadlines: Fall: mid-February, Spring: mid-September.
Princeton at Ishikawa (PII) Summer Japanese language program in Kazawa City, Ishikawa. Levels: 2, 2.5 and 3. Three hours daily language instruction with options for cultural activities. Application deadline: mid-February.
Tokyo Univ. AIKOM Program Held at University of Tokyo's Komaba Campus. Program runs October to late July. Exchange relationship with Swarthmore College. Offers 3 levels of Japanese instruction from first year. Elective courses feature extensive field trips. Students should be 3rd or 4th year and need recommendation from home institution. No language requirement.
Course Name Course Description
American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) Hindi, Bengali and Tamil Intensive immersion-style language program for graduate and highly motivated undergraduate students of U.S. colleges/universities. Students applying for Sanhrit should have at least two years of prior classroom instruction. At least one year is required for applicants in Gengali, Hindi and Tamil. Applicants for Urdu should have one year of Hindi or Urdu. Punjabi, Telugu, Marathi and Malayalam applicants may apply at all levels including beginner. Mandatory class attendance. Includes cultural visits, films and plays.
Antioch Buddhist Studies in India, Bodh Gaya Rigorous academic classes with highly qualified instructors. Earn semester credits. Explore Buddhism in Bodh Gaya, center of the Buddhist world. Receive meditation instruction from masters and live with fellow students in a Buddhist community, the Burmese Vihar Monastery. Gain valuable research skills along with a greater understanding of Buddhist culture and Indian society.
Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) Pune Culture, Traditions and Globalization The Fall ACM India Program located in Pune provides students with an overview of many aspects of Indian culture and society. Program begins with a 3-week orientation and study Marathi language intensively. This is followed by the regular term where students continue their work choose an elective and begin independent study projects. Classroom learning is augmented by weekly activities and volunteer opportunities are encouraged. Includes several program-sponsored overnight excursions. A one-week break in October provides opportunities to travel further afield in India.
South India Term Abroad (SITA) Madurai, Tamil Nadu All courses taught in English by experienced professors. All courses taken at the SITA Center. During the first half of the semester, students are enrolled in four courses which prepare them for the second part, a directed field research project.
Course Name Course Description
CIEE Yonsei University Seoul Courses taught in English or Korean. Topics include international business, humanities, social sciences and the arts. Access to intensive Korean language courses for all learning levels. Excursions to Japan for insight into the Korean Diaspora and Korea's influence on Japanaese art and architecture. Access available to the Yonsei School of Business and its Creative Leadership Forum.
SUNY Albany Program Yonsei University Exchange affiliation with Yonsei University enables students to study in the heart of Seoul. Program is intended for U.S. students interested in experiencing Korean daily life and culture while developing Korean language skills and pursuing coursework in English in diverse subject areas. GPA average of 2.5 required. No language requirement.
Course Name Course Description
Cornell Nepal Study Program (CNSP) Kirtipur The CNSP is a pioneering joint venture between Cornell and Tribhuvan National University of Nepal initiated in 1993. Courses are taught in English at the program facility and the main Tribhuvan campus in Kirtipur. CNSP is the first and only study abroad program in Nepal to draw together students from American universities to live and study with Nepalese peers in residential program housing.
Pitzer in Nepal Tribhuvan Univ., Kathmandu Drawing on some of the best language teachers in the country and with a 1:3 teacher-student ratio, Pitzer in Nepal offers a highly effective language program. Classes take place in village homes, bazaars, and along mountain pathways as well as in small classrooms at your program house. A vital component of learning will be the commitment you make, along with staff and fellow students, to create a Nepali-speaking environment both in and out of class.
Sri Lanka
Course Name Course Description
Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education Program (ISLE) Bowdoin College The ISLE Program is distinguished by the quality and diversity of its academic experience. Program explores a multi-ethnic society in an area of great natural beauty with the oldest continuing Buddhist civilization in the world. During the fall semester at the University of Peradeniya, Buddhism, the politics of ethnicity, the economics of development, dynamics of gender relations, creativity of literature and art, and legacy of archaeology are systematically explored through small course seminars.
Course Name Course Description
CIEE in Khon Kaen Development and Globalization Known for its innovative public health sysltem, Thailand provides a fabulous environment for students interested in an intensive and integrated immersion experience. Classroom instruction combined with extensive field study involving public health agencies and visits to local communities, will allow you to examine issues of public health and social services on a regional and national level. Interact with villagers, academic researchers, government officers and practititioners working to improve public health in Thailand. Community stays in Northeast Thailand.
IPSL - Chiang Mai The IPSL Program in Chiang Mai combines academic studies and community service with full cultural immersion providing students with a deeper, more meaningful study abroad experience. IPSL partnerships collaborate to offer short-term and semester length programs that unite study abroad with volunteer service opportunities.
Course Name Course Description
CET Vietnam Vietnamese Study and Service Ho Chi Minh City CET Vietnam is for challenge-loving students who want something different from their semester abroad. Students conduct service-learning projects at philanthropic organizations in Ho Chi Minh City. Study Vietnamese language and explore their host society with a Vietnamese roommate. Students of all majors and language levels accepted from beginners to heritage learners. Core course introduces critical issues in Vietnam: recent history, environmental sustainability, gender inequality, and economic development. Includes academic excursions.
SIT Culture, Social Change and Development Ho Chi Mihn City Through interdisciplinary coursework, field study and complementary educational excursions led by academic and community experts, students learn about Vietnam's history, social characteristics and recent economic development. Intensive language study, learning activities with Vietnamese peers, and a meaningful homestay facilitate deep cultural immersion and cross-cultural learning. Field study outside the program base is an essential component.
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