Study Abroad

American Institute of Indian Studies

The AIIS Advanced Language Program offers both nine-month academic year and ten-week summer courses. Students who have successfully completed two years of language training and who seek intensive immersion instruction within a target-language environment work toward an advanced-to-superior level of proficiency. In addition, AIIS provides summer and academic year instruction at elementary to advanced levels in many languages, including several that are rarely taught outside of India. Applications for AIIS language programs are available in mid-October and are due in late January; the selection process is finished in late March. Academic-year program students may compete for full fellowships funded through the U.S. Department of Education; summer program applicants should seek funding from their home institutions or through the Critical Language Scholarships program (for Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu), but may also be considered for a limited number of partial scholarships from AIIS.

Himalayan Health Exchange (HHE)

Through guided study/fieldwork in a remote Himalayan Tibetan Borderland, HHE will offer students a practical approach to the study of India and the Himalayan culture in a socio-cultural, medical and religious context. During their journey, team members will have the opportunity to investigate local history, religious beliefs and practices, modern human adaptations, regional effects of globalization, monastic influence and local healthcare.
For details, please or at 404-929-9399

Programs through University of Wisconsin

These programs provide language training, tutorial instruction, and opportunity for independent fieldwork. Study abroad is preceded by 10 credits of summer language study in Madison; Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Nepali, and Tibetan will be offered. Students of third- and fourth-year standing as well as recent graduates, nationwide, are eligible. Deadline: 1st Friday in February. Applications available from:

Office of International Studies and Programs
252 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 265-6329

Buddhist Studies in Bodh Gaya, India

Antioch University's program of study and meditation is held near the site of Buddha Shakyamuni's enlightenment. Classes may be taken in Buddhist Philosophy, Ancient Indian History, or Contemporary Buddhist Culture, and students may elect to take introductory classes in Hindi or Tibetan. Meditation instruction and field research projects are key components of this program. Classes will be taught by Antioch faculty with guest lectures given by professors from Magadha University. Deadline: March 15. Program is held during the fall term, September - December. Applications available from:

Buddhist Studies, Antioch Education Abroad
Antioch College
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Telephone: (937)767-6366 or Toll Free (800) 874-7986.

Critical Language Scholarship Program

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Please visit the CLS Institutes page for more information.

  • Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
  • Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels

Fulbright US Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors to study abroad for one academic year for study and research abroad. UVA's Fulbright Program Adviser is Katherine Walters

National Security Education Program

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) was designed to provide American students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government.Undergraduates apply for NSEP David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship through the UVA Center for Undergraduate Excellence.

NIRMAN College Courses in India

New Academic Semester Abroad in India, located at the campus of NIRMAN in Varanasi, India, with opportunities to travel to other locations.

NIRMAN aims at global exchange and producing a global citizen for the 21st century. Undergraduates are invited to explore aspects of India as part of a unified world, while going deep into the rootedness of Indian people, languages, and cultures.