Study Abroad

Arizona State University provides diverse opportunities for students to travel and study in Asia. Many are organized through the ASU Study Abroad Office, while various schools provide opportunities as well. Please explore the links below. 

The ASU Study Abroad Office administers more than 300 study abroad programs in over 60 countries around the world. Currently, ASU students interested in Asian Studies have opportunities for studying in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. Students can study abroad during the summer term, fall semester, spring semester or full academic year. Below is a comprehensive list of the Asian Study Abroad Programs facilitated through ASU. More information regarding these programs, as well as funding, may be found by clicking the name of each program.

CFA: Summer Academy Language, Science and Aesthetics, Beirut

CIEE: Advanced Chinese Studies at East China Normal University, in Shanghai, China

CIEE: Advanced Chinese Studies at Peking University in Beijing, China

ASU: Flinn Scholars: China in Beijing, China

ISA: Business & Chinese Language at the East China Normal University in Shanghai, China

ASU Chinese Language Flagship Program at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China

CIEE: Summer Accelerated Chinese Language in Shanghai (East China Normal University) in Shanghai, China,

CIEE: Intensive Chinese Language at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China,

ASU: AIDS Prevention Education Internship in India (SHESC) in Chennai, India

ASU: Japanese Language & Religion in Hiroshima in Hiroshima, Japan

CIEE: Arts and Sciences Program at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo International University in Tokyo, Japan

Other schools and departments on ASU also have provide students with opportunities to study abroad. More information on these programs can be found by clicking the links below.

 Sustainable Development course in Kerala, India

The University of Iowa is offering an international course titled “Sustainable Development: The Kerala experience.” The three-week course (December 27, 2017 to January 14, 2018, excluding dates of travel) is set in the state of Kerala in south India.  The course will provide an extraordinary opportunity for students to interact with highly acclaimed environment and development professionals, learn about many innovative eco-sensitive and culturally-sensitive development processes and techniques, and visit sites where these innovations have been implemented for several years.  All course participants will develop a clear understanding of the conflicting challenges of economic development and environmental protection, and of culture, politics and the uneven geographies of opportunity in a developing country.  

To apply or for more information, contact: Dr. Jerry Anthony or 319-335-0622.

Sichuan University Summer Chinese Language Program

In partnership with the School of Overseas Study at Sichuan University in China and the ASU Confucius Institute, ASU’s School of International Letters and Cultures offers an intensive eight-week Chinese Language summer program at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. Students in the program, supervised by School of International Letters and Cultures faculty of Chinese, complete one full academic year of Chinese language coursework in just eight weeks. They have the option to take 10 credits of second-, third-, or fourth-year Chinese, or to take only one language course and a same-level topics course for six credits. This track of study allows students to continue seamlessly back to fall term Chinese courses at ASU.

Japanese Language in Hiroshima, Japan

The five-week “Japanese Language in Hiroshima” summer program provides students with a varied and rich experience of ordinary Japanese life though home stays, daily interaction with Japanese university students, and numerous participatory events. The program primarily takes place on the beautiful hillside campus of Hiroshima Shudo University, located just 25 minutes by bus from downtown Hiroshima. Students stay at the Seminar House on campus and will have special opportunities to interact with Japanese host families. Students earn seven credit hours, consisting of five credits of either second- or third-year Japanese and two credits of REL 394: Japanese Religion and Culture.


Luce Scholar’s Program

Over the last 30 years, as Luce Scholar alumni have risen to positions of authority in their professional lives, they have demonstrated a continuing interest and involvement in Asia through the professional links and personal friendships they made as interns in the Luce Scholars program. The heart of the program lies in the organizational placements arranged by The Asia Foundation for each Luce Scholar on the basis of his or her individual career interest, experience, and training. The range of organizations that have hosted Luce Scholars over the years reflects the dynamism of Asia, and is as broad as the scope of talents and interests of the scholars themselves.

India Summer Program: Service Learning & Cultural Immersion

The ACM India Summer Program: Service Learning & 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.

AIIS Language Study in India

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.

Deadline: December 31, 2017

International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS)

The International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISJS) is accredited by Mangalayatan University for students to earn three credit units by providing scholars/students in philosophy, religion, anthropology, theology and South Asian studies associated with any recognized/accredited university systems an opportunity to pursue experiential and academic studies of Jainism in India. 

Emory Tibetan Studies Abroad Dharamsala, India

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.

Summer Study Abroad in Laos (SAIL)

The Center for Lao Studies (CLS) in collaboration with the Northern Illinois University offers a five week Summer Study Abroad at the Loa-American College located in the heart of Vientiane. This intensive program combines individual language tutorials, diversified field trips, and experienced on-site staff to allow students the opportunity to study Lao and learn cross-cultural skills while earning up to 10 undergraduate credits in language and culture.

University of Arizona Study Abroad

The University of Arizona launched its inaugural study abroad in Mysore, India in the summer of 2016. This opportunity gave students credit in U of A’s RELI 230 Religion and Culture in India as well as RELI 345 Religion and the Arts in India.The course is designed as a research course in which students are guided through fieldwork methodology as they work on primary documents (colonial records or art). The course was held at the Quorum Hotel with introductory lectures taking place at the hotel but subsequent lectures on site in Mysore or during excisions to Bangalore, Shravanabelagola, Halebidu, Belur, Bylakupe, and Vijayanagara/Hampi.

For more information regarding the U of A’s Mysore Study Abroad, click here.

Advanced Study of Khmer (ASK) Program, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Advanced Study of Thai, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Alam Bahasa- Indonesian Language Course

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study

CET Academic Programs: Vietnam Immersion

CET Academic Programs: Varanasi, India

CET Academic Programs: Intensive Language Programs in Beijing, Harbin and Nanjing

COTIM: The Consortium for the Teaching of Indonesian and Malay

Associated Colleges in China

Beloit Summer Intensive Japanese & Chinese

Duke Global Education: Duke Semester in India

George Washington University Summer Japanese Program

HIF Summer Intensive Japanese with Home Stay in Hokkaido, Japan

Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, Yokohama, Japan

Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua, Beijing

International School for Jain Studies (ISJS)

International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT)

Kobe College Corporation

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies

Language Travel Company: Chinese Language Immersion

Lehigh in Shanghai Summer Program

National Science Foundation: East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)

National Taipei University of Education Chinese Language Education center (CLEC)

American Institute of Indian Studies: Hindi, Tamil, Bengali Language Programs

Berkeley Urdu Language Program in Pakistan

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange

IES Abroad: Delhi, India

South India Term Abroad (SITA) Program

UNC India Study Abroad Program

UC Berkeley Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japanese Buddhism, 2014‑2015

University of Hawaii Study Abroad India Program

University of Virginia’s Study Abroad Program in New Delhi

University of Wisconsin, Madison: South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI)