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Study Abroad Programs with Asian Studies

In America and Western cultures, people are vocal about their own opinions and light conflict is assumed as normal. Japanese people may indirectly avoid you as opposed to directly addressing a conflict, as conflict is highly avoided. I definitely consider my actions and how they affect a group’s overall needs more than I did before I lived in Japan.

Jonah Shlaes, Rikkyo University, Japan, Academic Year 2015-2016


NEW:  Sustainability in Asia:  Interdisciplinary studies at Beloit College with 3-week field studies in China (2017, 2019) and Japan (2018, 2020).  

China – Henan University in Kaifeng or Shandong University in Jinan (Ex)

  • Semester: Fall, academic year.
  • Language: Chinese.
  • Prereqs: 2 years of college-level Mandarin Chinese, one or more Chinese area studies courses (history, politics, art history).
  • Housing: Dormitories.
  • Details: Intensive focus on speaking, writing and reading Chinese language with other international students. Month-long project on a site of the student's choosing is at the center of Chinese Cities in Transition, a course taught remotely by a Beloit College faculty member.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses:  Same.

Hong Kong - Lingnan University (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.5 GPA. Previous coursework with an Asian focus.  
  • Housing: Dormitories.
  • Details: Hong Kong's only liberal arts university. Mandarin language study possible. Social science and humanities courses. Students are encouraged to enroll in courses with a focus on Hong Kong and/or with a service-learning component.  
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Same.

India – Minnesota Studies in International Development, Bangalore (P)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.5 GPA. Experience in India, coursework focused on India and/or development, and/or volunteer/internship experience preferred.
  • Housing: Host family.
  • Details4.25 units of credit. Coursework focused on program theme. Hindi language instruction. Pre-departure assigned readings. Semester schedule: Orientation, coursework (7 weeks), grassroots internship (6 weeks), concluding seminar (1 week). Field trips. 
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Lower.

India and Bhutan/Tibet Autonomous Region – SIT: Tibetan and Himalayan Studies (P)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: c. 3.0 GPA, previous coursework or research related to the program theme.
  • Housing: 6-week homestay in Kathmandu, homestays and/or guesthouses/hostels on visits to Tibetan communities outside of Kathmandu.
  • Details: Courses on religion, politics, field methods, Tibetan, plus a 4-week independent study project. Urban and rural stays.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Same. SIT offers some scholarship assistance.

Indonesia – SIT: Arts, Religion and Social Change, Bali  (P)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: None.
  • Housing: Host families. 
  • Details: Coursework on program theme. Independent study project. Field study trips. Bahasa Indonesian language instruction.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses:  Lower.

Japan – Akita International University, Akita City (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall (September-December), Spring (March-July).
  • Language: English & Japanese.
  • Prereqs: 2.5 GPA, 2 years of college-level Japanese. One or more Japanese area studies courses (art history, history, politics).
  • Housing: Dormitories with Japanese roommates.
  • Details: Courses in Global Studies, Global Business, Japanese language, and Japanese studies. Residential campus with Japan’s only 24-hour library in a region of north Japan known for its natural beauty. Beloit students may also enroll in In Search of Modern Japan during their semester at AIU, a course taught remotely by a Beloit College faculty member. See also information below about Rural Landscapes in Transition.  
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Same. Note:  See the Scholarships page for information on funding for study in Japan.

Japan – Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata City, Osaka (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English. Prereqs. 3.0 GPA, 2 years college-level Japanese, 3.0 GPA in Japanese; previous coursework in Asian studies (art history, history, politics).
  • Housing: Host family (strongly recommended), dormitory, or apartments with international students.
  • Details: Asian Studies Program courses focused on Japan and taught in English; intensive Japanese language study.  
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Same. Note: See the Scholarships page for information on funding for study in Japan.



  • D: Direct enrollment in a university as a visiting student.
  • Ex: Enrollment in a university as an exchange student.
  • P: Provider program. Program organized for students attending U.S. colleges and universities.

Non-tuition educational expenses:

Cost of room and board compared to Beloit College. Other expenses to consider: airfare, local transportation, visas, health insurance, immunizations, books, student activity fees, recreational travel and other activities. 

  • Higher: Up to $2,000 more than Beloit College room and board for one semester. 
  • Significantly Higher: $2,001 or more above Beloit College room and board.

Last updated: 08/2016