Since 1979, the Buddhist Studies in Bodh Gaya, India program has encouraged undergraduate students to deeply engage with the theory and practice of Buddhism. Originally founded by Antioch Education Abroad (AEA), the program has been operated since 2016 by Carleton College, which continues AEA's tradition of immersive, academically rigorous, field-based study abroad programs.
- Live and study in a Buddhist monastery in Bodh Gaya, a major pilgrimage center in northeast India.
- Enroll in 16 semester credits of liberal arts coursework, transcripted by Carleton College. See the course list here.
- Engage in month-long independent study projects (view sample projects here), which may involve travel to other parts of India or elsewhere in South Asia.
Tibetan Mind/Body Sciences Summer Study Abroad Program in Dharamsala and Mundgod, India
The Tibetan Mind/Body Sciences program in India is a five-week long study abroad opportunity that brings together the best of both western science and the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Participants meet leading spiritual teachers of the Tibetan tradition, often including the Dalai Lama, and engage in the ongoing dialogue between Tibetan Buddhism and modern science. Course work includes the study of Tibetan culture, Tibetan medicine, Buddhist philosophy, contemplative practice, and secular ethics. Students also have direct interaction with Tibetan monks and nuns studying neuroscience, biology, and physics.
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Jain Dharma/Religion originated in India several thousand years ago. An elder cousin of Buddhism, Jain dharma teaches a lifestyle rooted in the practice of unconditional nonviolence.
Its teachings inspired and influenced Mahatma Gandhi. Students and scholars will learn about Jain traditions from learned lay scholars as well as practicing monks and nuns in India.
The Program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students, Post-Doctoral Fellows, full time faculty and High School Teachers with an interest in the Jain Studies and ahimsa (nonviolence). The three, four and six week long, stand alone and separate intensive courses in International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS) will entail morning lectures, afternoon field trips, visits to some schools, time in a few ancient cities and meetings with Jain professionals, monks and nuns.
For the last 13 years, every summer, ISSJS have been offered regularly in India. The number of participants has seen a steady increase every year. Nearly 800 students and scholars from many universities and High Schools have participated in ISSJS programs so far.
ISSJS is unique in that;
- It is an experiential and India based program and makes India a classroom for the study of ahimsa /nonviolence, Jain, history, art, culture and philosophy.
- This program is highly subsidized by the Jain community.
- For Program Details and Application, Visit our website www.isjs.in.
Emory University and its partner the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics (IBD) weave together rigorous academic study, field research, cultural immersion and contemplative practice to provide a unique semester-long program for students interested in both India and Tibet.
The ACM India Summer Program: Service Learning and Cultural Immersion in Puna, India is a short-term summer opportunity open to current students and recent graduates. This six-week program (with the option to extend to eight weeks) takes students to Pune, India, where they will be immersed in Indian culture. A key component of the program is service learning work with a non-governmental organization (NGO) for the duration of the program.
The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) is now accepting applications for our 2018-19 summer, semester, and academic year language programs. AIIS offers intensive, immersion-based instruction in over 15 modern and classical South Asian languages at multiple sites in India. AIIS language programs in India have been helping to launch the careers of U.S.-based scholars of South Asia for nearly fifty years. Many regional experts in government, NGOs, and the private sector got their start with the AIIS through this intensive immersion to language and culture in their Indian environments. Over 4,000 students have completed programs through the Institute.