The Center for Asian Studies is pleased to post non-approved (independent) summer study abroad programs in Asia that may be of interest to CU students. We post these opportunities as we hear of them. If you have information about any programs not listed here, please forward the relevant information to

Students who wish to study abroad are encouraged to notify Education Abroad as early in the process as possible, regardless of whether or not they are seeking to receive CU credit. Transfer of credits in not guaranteed and cannot be pre-approved for CU Arts & Sciences and CMCI majors. Policies regarding credit transferability, financial aid, and more can be found here:

We list these programs purely for informational purposes, and CAS does not endorse these listings. Interested students should inquire further into these programs by looking at the program websites and contacting the individual(s) listed on the websites.

Although language study may comprise one part of the programs listed here, none of these programs involve intensive language study. If you are interested in programs with a greater focus on language, please click here.

We welcome you to look through the programs listed here and encourage you to consider studying abroad in Asia!

Programs with an Upcoming Deadline

There are currently no programs with an upcoming deadline. Check back next Spring for more information!

Programs with Ongoing Applications

2019 USINDO Summer Studies Program in Indonesia (May 23 - August 1, 2019).

The USINDO Summer Studies program aims to provide American students with the language ability, political awareness, cultural sensitivity and understanding of this increasingly significant country. For more than 23 years, USINDO has hosted an intensive ten-week language and cultural immersion program, held in Yogyakarta for U.S. university students, currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, as well as recent graduates (within 6 months) of any accredited U.S. college or university.

During the Summer Studies Program, students will:

Take classes in reading, writing, and speaking Indonesian language for 20 hours every week; 

  • Experience living with local Indonesian host families;
  • Have the option volunteer with local organizations in Yogyakarta, or pursue an optional independent study;
  • Attend Indonesian cultural events and workshops;
  • Hear from key guest lecturers on the relevant issues in Indonesia;
  • Go on field trips so that students may further immerse themselves in Indonesian culture and increase their knowledge of Indonesia; and
  • Spend three days in Jakarta after the Yogyakarta portion of the program, where they will have the opportunity to meet and network with senior government officials, business and NGO leaders, while discussing contemporary issues facing Indonesia.

Attached is further information on the program. You may also find the application forms and program information on the USINDO website ( Applications for the 2019 Summer Studies Program are due on February 8, 2019.

Thank you for your time and assistance in spreading the information on this program to a larger audience. We sincerely appreciate it. Should you have any question or further inquiries, please contact us at

Summer Opportunities in Southeast Asia with VIA

Opportunities for students to intern, teach, and volunteer in non-traditional Asian countries such as: Indonesia; Myanmar; Vietnam; and Cambodia.

Below are a few of the skills and benefits students gained while engaging with local communities as professionals, educators, and service-leaders:

  • Expanded professional network and international work experience
  • Intercultural competence to work effectively on diverse teams, communicate across cultures, and problem-solve using creative strategies
  • Enhanced knowledge of the rich geopolitical history and socio-cultural dynamics of Southeast Asia

For more information, please visit

India: Gender, Culture, and Development at Gawande College in Umarkhed, Maharashtra, India

This summer, join Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Classics and World Religions for an amazing program experience at Gawande College in Umarkhed, Maharashtra, India.  Students will have the chance to explore gender in the cultural, religious, and social context of contemporary rural India. This context provides students with an opportunity to think about both the empirical and policy dimensions of conventional development work as well as to confront difficult normative questions about the trajectory and meaning of “development” itself. Exposure to everyday life in Indian villages and visits to unique sites like the Buddhist cave monasteries at Ajanta are a major part of the coursework.  

In collaboration with Gawande College, OHIO students will have the opportunity to meet with local college students and through the service learning portion of the program OHIO students will assist their Indian counterparts with English language learning. 

Gawande College is named after a local Athens family whose support of the institution goes back for decades. The College also has a strong connection to and affinity with OHIO University: some similarities between the two institutions include their relative remoteness to urban centers as well as a commitment to providing educational opportunities to local and first-generation college students.  The rural dimensions of the Athens/Umarkhed experience will provide students with an opportunity to reflect comparatively on the politics of development within nation states as well as in the broader global context.

For more information and for application instructions, please see here.


Past Programs that may be Offered Again

American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) Summer 2018-2019 Language Programs in India

The American Institute of Indian Studies welcomes applications for its summer 2018 and academic year 2018-2019 language programs. Programs to be offered include Hindi (Jaipur), Bengali (Kolkata), Punjabi (Chandigarh), Tamil (Madurai); Marathi (Pune), Urdu (Lucknow), Telugu (Hyderabad), Gujarati (Ahmedabad), Kannada (Mysore), Malayalam (Thiruvananthapuram), Mughal Persian (Lucknow), Sanskrit (Pune) and Pali/Prakrit (Pune). We will offer other Indian languages upon request. All academic year applicants should have the equivalent of two years of prior language study. For summer Sanskrit, we require the equivalent of two years of prior study; for summer Bengali, Hindi and Tamil we require the equivalent of one year of prior study. For summer Urdu, we require the equivalent of one year of either Hindi or Urdu. We can offer courses at all levels, including beginning, in other Indian languages for the summer. Summer students should apply for FLAS if available at their institutions for funding to cover the costs of the program. Funding for Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu may be available through the U.S. State Department's CLS program (see AIIS has some funding available for summer students who cannot procure FLAS or CLS funding. This funding is allocated on the basis of the language committee's ranking of the applicants. Pending availability of funding, AIIS hopes to award language fellowships, on a competitive basis, to academic year students which would cover all expenses for the program. AIIS is also offering a fall semester program. We offer Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Urdu and other languages at all levels for the fall. The application deadline is December 31, 2017.  Applications can be downloaded from the AIIS web site at All applications must include a check for the $25 processing fee. For more information: Phone: 773-702-8638. Email:

Confucian Asia: Traditions and Transformations

This multidisciplinary program, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will offer five weeks of context-rich and critical engagement with Confucian teachings, practices and primary texts (in translation), examining how they have shaped and been shaped by the cultures and societies of China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam. The program will consider how Confucianism addressed both personal and social needs in ways that were inseparable from the dynamics of intellectual exchange, artistic production, social organization and politics. Designed to strike a balance between the needs both for breadth and depth in engaging traditions that are culturally and historically distant, Confucian Asia will provide abundant resources for developing pedagogically-effective course materials across a wide range of humanities and social science disciplines. Applications will be welcomed from eligible fulltime and adjunct faculty, as well as qualified graduate students. Participants will receive a stipend of $3900 to help defray costs for travel, housing, meals and incidentals. Lodging will be available at the East-West Center guesthouse, Lincoln Hall. Application deadline: March 1, 2016.

Location: East-West Center, Honolulu, HI

Ewha International Co-ed Summer College, Ewha Womans University

Ewha ISC is celebrating 45th year of anniversary in 2015 and is the longest existing summer college program in Korea. Students majoring or minoring in Korean/Asian Studies will highly benefit from this short-term program. Ewha ISC welcomes undergraduate and graduate students to discover Korea through concentrated academic studies and many intercultural experiences. To accommodate diverse student needs, the 2015 Ewha ISC programs will run two separate sessions: Session I (June 23- July 22, 2015) and Session II (August 6 - August 20, 2015). Both visiting students and exchange students are welcome to attend one or both sessions. Further details about our summer programs can be found on the website, Discounts are available for early registration.

India Ecological & Rural Development through Religion

June 1-June 21, 2015

Delhi, Goa, Sirsi, and Dehradun, India

Students will:

  • Earn 3 untis of University of Northern Texas credit;
  • Appreciate the challenges of ecological degradation, rural migration, and climate change through activities in South India and the Himalayas;
  • Explore how Hindu religious practices and traditional ecological knowledge are used in combination with Western technology to solve scientific problems; and
  • Learn about the Appiko movement, religious issues of conservation, rural energy development, water mills, forestry, and more.

For more information, visit, or email, or

Harvard University Summer Program in Kyoto, Japan

Students are invited to take part in Harvard Summer School's 8-week program at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. Students enroll in 2 courses: Professor Mikael Adolphson's course, "Japan: Tradition and Transformation," which explores the nation's tumultuous move to modernity. Professor James Robson's course, "Introduction to the Study of East Asian Religions," covers the development and history of Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Shinto, and various forms of popular religion in a cross-cultural setting.  Students reside with local families where they have a prime opportunity to experience the Japanese way of life. In addition, a myriad of field trips coincide seamlessly with coursework, linking the classroom with the surrounding city. Non-credit Japanese language instruction with Doshisha staff is provided for students with no previous exposure to the Japanese language. For detailed information on the program and application instructions please visit: Applications are due on January 30, 2014.

University of Hong Kong, International Summer Program in Architecture: Cities in Asia

The International Summer Program in Architecture: Cities in Asia (Studio SGN-SIN) is a three-week course organized annually by the HKU Department of Architecture since 2010. It is a design and research studio that travels to multiple cities in Asia. Taught by a diverse group of faculty members from HKU, and speakers from internationally renowned universities and independent research groups, the course offers participants an unrivaled learning experience within Asia’s most dynamic contexts.

The application deadline for this program has been extended to early June. For more information on this program and to view the application, please visit the program website here.

Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) at the Monterey Institute of International Studies

Our programs offer intensive language instruction for participants with a variety of academic or non-academic goals. Whether you are planning to study or work abroad, or just wish to strengthen your skills so you can enroll in higher-level courses at your home institute, our intensive and custom language programs might be just what you are looking for. We offer summer language programs in 6 languages, as well as customized one-on-one and small group language training programs in common and less-commonly taught languages. Please visit for more information.

Program Dates: June 17-August 9, 2013
Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, Russian, Japanese
Small class size (8-10 student average)
Graduate and undergraduate credit earned
Elementary, intermediate, and advanced courses offered in most languages

2013 ICSCC-Fudan University Summer Program on Buddhism and Chinese Religions

The International Center for Studies of Chinese Civilization (ICSCC), Fudan University in Shanghai, China cordially invites applications for a two-week summer program in Buddhism and Chinese Religions (August 12-26, 2013) in Shanghai, China. Through this program, ICSCC has invited five international scholars to open five seminars on specific topics. These instructors include Stephan Bokemcamp, Jinhua Chen, Seishi Karashima, John Kieschnick, and Barend J. ter Haar. All of the lectures are conducted bilingually (English and Chinese). Graduate students specializing in any Buddhist tradition or Chinese Religions, or advanced undergraduate students (3rd or 4th year) with some basic knowledge in Buddhism and Chinese Religions, are encouraged to apply. Applications and inquiries shall be directed to Please send your application before May 31, 2013. Each application shall include (1) an application form (to be provided upon request via the above email), (2) an updated curricula vitae, and (3) a reference letter (to be sent by email by the referee directly).

Summer School "Sites of Knowledge"

The Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" at Heidelberg University welcomes applications for its Summer School 2013 "Sites of Knowledge: Space, Locality, and Circulation between Asia and Europe." It will take place from August 4 to 8 in Heidelberg, Germany. This year's Summer School will explore the significance of space and locality for the generation and circulation of knowledge. Starting from the premise that space and place shape the social interactions in which knowledge is made and remade, the Summer School will address questions such as: Is all knowledge local? Does the situatedness of knowledge preclude claims to 'truth' and 'universality'? And how can we best conceptualize the liminal spaces in which knowledge is traded or transmitted? Individual sessions will focus on selected places involved in circulations of knowledge between and within early modern Asia and Europe, ranging from courts, schools, academies, temples, and observatories to print shops, bazaars, roadhouses, ports and ships. The Summer School addresses graduate students in humanities and social sciences with an interest in theories and practices of knowledge production in Asia and Europe. The academic program combines informal lectures with more interactive elements such as reading groups and writing workshops. The invited scholars represent a wide range of backgrounds and share an interest in engaging in critical dialogue across regional and disciplinary boundaries. Confirmed speakers include Christian Jacob (Paris), Dhruv Raina (Delhi), Ruth Rogaski (Vanderbilt), Stephan Gunzel (Berlin), Fan Fa-ti (Binghamton), Henrique Leitao (Lisbon), Martin Dusinberre (Newcastle), Eric Hayot (Penn State) and, from Heidelberg University, Frank Gruner, Rui Magone, and Joachim Kurtz. In addition to the academic program, a range of excursions and leisure activities in and around the city of Heidelberg is on offer. The application form can be found on our website and is to be sent together with a letter of motivation by May 31. For more information see

Muslim Perceptions and Receptions of the Bible: September 8 - 12, 2013
The summer school will focus on the multiple uses of the Bible (i.e., the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament), as well as of Jewish and Christian lore, by Muslim authors in the medieval and pre-modern periods (up to the present). The many aspects of Muslim perceptions and receptions of Biblical materials and motifs will be addressed, such as quotations from or paraphrases of the Bible in polemical or non-polemical contexts, Muslim commentaries on the Bible, biblical traditions integrated into Tafsīr, relevant literary genres such as Qiṣaṣ al-anbiyāʾ and Isrāʾīliyyat, representations of Biblical episodes in Islamic art, etc  The summer school will also deal with the translations of the Bible into Arabic, and their relevance for the Muslim attitude to and reception of the Bible. Some aspects of the vast literature in Arabic regarding the Bible among the Jews and Christians will also be discussed. The summer school will convene some of the leading scholars in the fields of biblical studies, Qurʾānic and Islamic studies, Judaeo-Arabic and Christian-Arabic, and Islamic art. For further information and application please contact Ayala Eliyahu ( Application Deadline: June 1, 2013.

The Summer School, National University of Singapore: July 9 - 22, 2017

As the world turns its gaze onto Asia, this summer program will showcase NUS' research expertise in Asia and offer a spotlight on the region. Taught over a 6-week summer period, students will attend classes, participate in active discussions and conduct research with academic experts to gain a better understanding of various Asian-related topicsand issues. Participants have an opportunity to stay at the new, modern U-Town residential colleges which combine living, studying and playing with the latest teaching and sports facilities as well as entertainment and dining amenities. The summer program offers courses related to China, Japan, South Asia, Malay Studies, Southeast Asia as well as Asian languages and in Economics. Some courses will feature a 10 to 12 days field trip to a Southeast Asian country (such as Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand) as well as local trips within Singapore. There will also be social activities and events outside of classes for a comprehensive NUS summer school experience. For more information, please refer to the program website [] or email enquiries to

Kathmandu University, Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute

Kathmandu University - Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute offers a unique academic education, undergraduate and graduate, leading to Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) degrees in Buddhist Studies with Himalayan Language. The programme, located in Boudhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal, is structured as an intensive immersion into Buddhist Philosophy, Tibetan Language and other areas relevant to the study of Buddhism and the Himalayan region. For visiting students, the Centre for Buddhist Studies hosts study-abroad programs in Buddhist philosophy and language and conducts intensive summer programs in Tibetan, Sanskrit, and Nepali, and Buddhist studies. For more information, visit

IPSA-NUS Methods Summer School

Singapore, July 8-19, 2013

The 2nd annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods will be held at the National University of Singapore, July 8-19, 2013. This year's Summer School offers eleven courses in quantitative, qualitative, and formal methods. All courses are taught by highly experienced international faculty and provide participants with rigorous training in state-of-the-art research methods. For more information on the various Summer School courses, financial aid, early registration discounts, and more, please visit our website ( or contact us at