Studying abroad in Asia or studying about Asian culture and history at universities abroad can be an invaluable complement to your minor in Asian Studies or to your major studies in other disciplines. The Isabella Cannon Centre for International Studies offers a wealth of programs in Asia and in other foreign countries that can fit within your major or minor requirements. Contact Paul Geis for more information.
Eastern Himalayan Forests & Rural Livelihoods
Bhutan is located in the Eastern Himalayan region and has been identified as one of the ten biodiversity hot spots in the world. The people of Bhutan have rich cultural traditions and social and political institutions. Students will have the opportunity to travel across Bhutan and explore Bhutanese culture and environmental issues.View the course website for more information about this program.
GST 236-SL/IS: Science Education and Development
Through this service-learning study abroad course to Kerala State, India, Elon students will monitor activities related to hands-on science exhibits in a traveling science center. Through close interaction with our partners and through contacts with schoolchildren and teachers, the students will develop an appreciation for the lifestyle in Kerala, for the concerns and aspirations of their Indian peers, and for the development successes, needs and strategies in the state.
View the course website for more information about this program.
India/Dubai: Business & Culture of the Indo-Gulf
STA 208 (Fall Pre-Departure Course - 1 credit)/ GST 208-IS (Winter Term Course - 4 credits)
The world has seen some dramatic economic and financial changes in the past decade. One of the biggest stories has been the remarkable growth of the emerging economies, in particular the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) nations. This study abroad course focuses on one of these key economies, India, and its close trading partner, Dubai.Our course explores these countries using the perspective of two influential works of contemporary finance and economics - Goldman Sachs’ (2003) “BRIC report” and Thomas Friedman’s (2005) “The World is Flat”. The former paper, best known for coining the term BRIC, describes the authors’ vision of the future for emerging markets - the paper largely contributed to opening the financial investment floodgates into these markets. The latter book describes the flattening of the business world due to increasing digital connectivity and ease of international travel and trade, and highlights the impact on both the developed world and developing countries. Students on this course gain immensely from a deeper understanding of the significant opportunities, and of the challenges, brought about from a flatter, better connected world – with higher future growth opportunities in the developing world as compared to the developed economies. View the course website for more information about this program.
India, Manipal: Indian Studies & Public Health at Manipal University (Alliance)
Students will study Public Health and Indian Studies through the Alliance for Global Education. The program is based at Manipal University, a premier private university known throughout India and around the world for its strong medical college and health science programs. With over 18,000 graduate and undergraduate students, including 3,500 students from countries in the Middle East, Europe, Australia, and other parts of Asia, Manipal's world-class faculty bring a dynamic approach to the classroom. Click here to download a PDF with more information or visit the program website.
India's Identities: Religion Caste and Gender in South India
This Winter Term course emphasizes the diversity of contemporary Indian identities, devoting particular attention to religion, caste, and gender. This course brings students into a range of Indian religious spaces associated with Hindu, Jain, Muslim, Christian, and Jewish traditions and into direct contact with Indians from an array of caste backgrounds, education levels, and occupations, allowing them to develop an informed appreciation of the diversity of the world's largest democracy. Through directed study opportunities, lectures, and daily interactions with Indians who live and work in the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, we will explore cultural expectations regarding gender (including arranged and other forms of marriage); assess the ways in which caste does and does not matter in contemporary society; and analyze how tradition and modernity interact in this rapidly changing nation Count for REL credit.View the course website for more information about this program.
International Business and Culture in Mumbai
India is home to nearly 1.2 billion people and is the world's largest democracy.India continues to rise on the world stage and is becoming an economic superpower and a leader in technology.Mumbai is the economic and entertainment capital of India and combines the traditional as well as the modern, ensuring that students gain insight into the linguistic, historical, and cultural diversity of modern India. Hindi is the most widely-spoken of India's 14 official languages, but English is the most important language for business, government, and political communications.View the course website for more information about this program.
Contemporary India: Development, Environment & Public Health in Pune
Pune, a vibrant, bustling city of 3.5 million people that has long been considered India's intellectual center, makes an ideal base for a Contemporary India program. It is a short train ride from Mumbai. Home to many of India's top academic institutions with a thriving student scene, Pune also has a wealth of traditional culture and performing arts resources, hosts many of the country's most forward-thinking NGOs, and has been named in Forbes' Magazine as one of the world's top three emerging global cities. Technology and international business are rapidly bringing a new, fascinating dimension to the city's already multi-faceted urban landscape. Pune stands out among Indian cities as a compelling indicator of national and global economic, social, and technological trends. View the course website for more information about this program.
Varanasi: The City, the River, the Sacred
India is home to nearly 1.2 billion people and is the world's largest democracy India continues to rise on the world stage and is becoming an economic superpower and a leader in technology. Hindi is the most widely-spoken of India's 14 official languages, but English is the most important language for business, government, and political communications. Located on the Ganges River in Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi is among the holiest of places for Hindus and is also home to a vibrant Muslim population and is located only a few miles away from Sarnath where the Buddha preached his first sermon. Arguably the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, Varanasi is a dense, diverse urban center in a close symbiotic relationship with a river that can be simultaneously understood as pure and polluted. A window into the ancient, spiritual, and cultural past of India, Varanasi is an example of the ways in which the ancient and modern coexist.View the course website for more information about this program.
GST 275-IS: The Flying Dragon
This course is designed to give students an overview of the paths for China's modernization from different perspectives: geography, history, language and arts. It offers a strong emphasis for the student to build a solid foundation to understand the Chines culture, history, tradition and language. View the course website for more information about this program.
The Beijing Center
Students attend the Beijing Center, housed at the University of International Business and Economics in the Chinese capital. Here students can take Chinese language courses and electives in business, Asian Studies, communication, natural science, art, philosophy, political science, theology and much more. All courses except for Chinese language courses are taught in English. View the program website for more information.
China, Shanghai: Chinese Studies & Internship in Shanghai (CET)
This is a study abroad program for résumé builders. Students pursue an internship at a company or organization of interest in Shanghai. They complement this internship with coursework in Chinese language, economics, history and political science. CET Shanghai introduces students of all majors and language levels to the challenges and rewards of working abroad. View the program website for more information.
Beijing, China: China Voice
China has a long and distinguished history of more than 6,000 years. In the capital, the Beijing Center, housed at University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) welcomes students and exposes them to a unique and rich culture and society. ChinaVoice offers courses for beginners to those in the advanced level. Courses are designed for balanced and rapid improvement in language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. One-on-one tutorial sessions are held at least five days a week. You will take a language pledge to be exposed to a full-Chinese language environment. Study activities and excursions are designed to practice what you have learned in the classroom. View the course website for more information about this program.
Kansai Gaidai University
Students attend Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, where they take a mandatory spoken Japanese language course and may choose electives in business, social sciences and art. All courses except the Japanese language course are taught in English. View the program website for more information.
Business in the Pacific Rim
Our course explores the impact of emerging markets using the perspective of two influential works of contemporary finance and economics – Jim O'Neill' (2011) "The Growth Map: Economic Opportunity in the BRICs and Beyond" and Thomas Friedman's (2005) "The World is Flat". The former book by the Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, who coined and popularized the ubiquitous BRIC acronym, describes the author's vision of the future for emerging markets – Goldman Sachs' research paper series largely contributed to opening the floodgates of financial investment flows into emerging markets. The latter book describes the flattening of the business world due to increasing digital connectivity and ease of international travel and trade, and highlights the impact on both the developed and the developing countries. Students on this course would gain immensely from a deeper understanding of the significant opportunities, and of the challenges, brought about from a flatter, better connected world – with significantly higher future growth prospects in the developing world as compared to the developed economies. Multiple countries; varies by year. View the course website for more information about this program.
Vietnam: Business & Culture of Vietnam
STA 248 (Fall Pre-Departure Course - 1 credit) / GST 248-IS (Winter Term Course - 4 credits)
This course will take you to five different cities in the ancient and culturally-rich country of Vietnam. We will learn how Vietnam developed politically and economically after a long and difficult war. You will learn about Buddhism and its role in the religious life of Vietnamese people. We will also learn why multinational companies are currently building factories in Vietnam, manufacturing goods, and creating jobs in that country. Vietnam is rapidly becoming a tourist destination. With its beaches and new hotels, cities like Nah Trang are attracting visitors from all over the world. You will learn about the booming hospitality industry in Vietnam and why name brand hotel companies such as Sheraton, Hilton, and Novotel have built new hotels in this location. Come with us to study in this exciting and unique country. It offers nice restaurants at a low cost, cheap taxis and many interesting cultural experiences. View the program website for more information.
Sometimes taking a course on Asia while studying elsewhere can spark an interest in pursuing an Asian Studies minor or Asia concentration within the International Studies major here at Elon. Some sample programs are listed below. As always, make an appointment with a study abroad adviser to make sure all requirements are fulfilled (Asian Studies minors and International Studies majors with Asia concentrations are required to study abroad in Asia or the Pacific Rim to fulfill their program requirements).
Denmark International Studies, Copenhagen
Living in the modern Danish city of Copenhagen, students study a variety of topics amidst world-renowned architecture. Live in dormitories with students from around the world or experience a homestay with a Danish family. Take classes in your major as well as Advanced Studies credits. Course offerings may include:
China: A Cross-Cultural Exploration
Chinese Language (Mandarin)
Introduction to Chinese History and Culture after 1912
Introduction to Chinese History and Culture before 1912
Men and Women in Chinese History
Transition Economies: Chinese and Russian Reform Strategies
Writing in Chinese History
Asian Economic Organization and Competitiveness
Asian Economics and Business Practices
Global Issues for Asian Management: Employment, Politics and Social Responsibility
History of Japan: The Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Is There Such a Thing as "Ethics" in Buddhism?
"Karma:" The History of a Buddhist Concept
Southeast Asian History
Southeast Asia Today
View the program website for more information.
University of Sussex, Brighton, England
A medium-sized school, Sussex is located in the bustling coastal city of Brighton and hosts hundreds of international students every year. This program allows students to integrate completely with the university and take a variety of classes. Live in dormitories with British and other international students. Each semester consists of two terms with a break in the middle. Course offerings may include:
Political Change: China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-1969)
Migration in Japan and East Asia
History Short Period: South Asia since 1880
Economic Geographies of Asia
View the program website for more information.
University of St. Andrews, Scotland
One of the most renowned and ancient universities in the United Kingdom, the University of St. Andrews is located north of Edinburgh in a small university town that attracts students from all over the world. Students can take a variety of courses for many majors. Course offerings may include:
Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Located in the Western Australia capital city of Perth, Curtin University provides a culturally diverse setting in which students can study numerous disciplines. Stay for a semester or a year, and live in apartments with Australian and other international students during your stay. One class taken during a semester at Curtin must be a culture class in Aboriginal or Australian Studies. Other course offerings may include:
Full curriculum of Indigenous Studies
Full curriculum of Australian Studies
Full curriculum of Asian Studies, including coursework on Japan, China, India, Singapore, Indonesia, etc.
Beginner through advanced language study in Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Indonesian