IFSA: Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education Program / ISLE

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Study abroad in Sri Lanka with the Institute for Study Abroad's ISLE program!The ISLE Program has been affiliated with the University of Peradeniya in Kandy, Sri Lanka since 1982. ISLE provides a unique combination of high-quality academics, cultu... read more

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May 06, 2019 Sri Lanka
I learned a lot about politics, ethno-religious conflict, and Hinduism - College of the Holy Cross View Entire Review
New friends. Great recipes. A look at religious harmony in practice. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Bowdoin College: - Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education Program / ISLE
I really enjoyed being in Sri Lanka and being surrounded by loving, warm-hearted, and positive individuals. I learned a great deal from my courses and had the chance to witness what I was learning outside of them. It was definitely a very worthwhile experience! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education Program
I felt that my study abroad experiences was one of the most rewarding aspects of my college life thus far. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country, and the ability to live amidst such warm, kind and open people, be a part of a family and forge lifelong relationships, partake in a diverse and evolving culture, take classes with esteemed... - Middlebury College View Entire Review

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Study abroad in Sri Lanka with the Institute for Study Abroad's ISLE program!

The ISLE Program has been affiliated with the University of Peradeniya in Kandy, Sri Lanka since 1982. ISLE provides a unique combination of high-quality academics, cultural immersion, and experiential learning.

Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious country that presents numerous opportunities for academic research and exploration. From important Buddhist pilgrimage sites to colonial tea estates, the island's strategic location in the Indian Ocean has placed it at the center of international trade for millennia.

The ISLE program based in Kandy, a city in the central highlands of the island. Built around a lake, surrounded by forested hills and tea estates, Kandy has a mild tropical climate that attracts seasonal visitors seeking relief from the heat and humidity along the coasts. The last capital city of the Sinhalese Kingdom, Kandy remains the center of traditional Sri Lankan culture, and music, dance, and other artistic and craft traditions are preserved and perpetuated to an extent rarely seen elsewhere on the island.

Students on the ISLE program spend the first part of their semester taking a Sinhala language course and Sri Lanka Studies Seminar. Together, these courses orient students to the local context, language and culture, and set the stage for the independent study project at the end of the semester. Students then take two elective courses in topics such as peace and conflict, women and gender studies, religion, or environmental studies. Finally, the field study component concludes the semester as students travel the island conducting primary research, or utilize the expansive ISLE library for secondary research.

Throughout the semester, students engage with the community through housing arrangements with local host families.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
  • Environmental Studies
  • Political Science and Government
  • Geography
  • South Asian Studies
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs
  • Area, Ethnic and Group Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Public Health
  • English Language and Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Alternative Medicine
  • Ancient Civilization
  • Global Studies
  • Archeology
  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • Religion / Religious Studies
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • History
  • Health Professions
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Year Founded:
1983
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IFSA Scholarships

Any student applying to an IFSA-Butler program can apply for our general scholarship awards, which are $500 for a summer program, $1,500 for semester study, and $2,000 for the full year. We also offer special opportunities such as First Generation College Student scholarships and a Fill the GAP study abroad savings program that matches contributions up to $1,000.

$2,000

Deadlines:
Coincides with program deadlines

Guidelines/Requirements:
Any student who applies for an IFSA-Butler program may apply for a scholarship by completing a scholarship application. This is separate from the general IFSA-Butler program application.

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