Our International Study Abroad Programs
Since 1999, Wisdom Study Abroad has had thousands of students enrolled in our international study abroad programs from over hundreds of colleges and universities.
Study Buddhist philosophy at the world’s highest monastery at the base camp of Mount Everest.
Experience one of Asia’s botanical power houses with thick forests, deep gorges, low-lying jungles and glaciated peaks.
Trek and study Buddhist art and sacred architecture at Tiger’s Nest, perhaps the most beautiful monastery in the world.
Learn the Hindu and Buddhist philosophies that inspired some of the greatest temple architecture in the world — including Angkor Wat.
Explore and study Buddhist philosophy, art and culture in centuries-old monasteries in a rare lunarscape environment surrounded by the Himalayas.
Immerse yourself and study in one of India’s most pristine Himalayan regions in Buddhist monasteries and temples.
Study, explore, and research three of India’s oldest religions: Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism at Ajanta, Ellora and Tamil Nadu.
Examine Nepal’s distinct Hindu and Buddhist religious, artistic and cultural heritage.
Study studio art and art history at the Cradle of Western Civilization.
2017 Course Schedule
Dec 27 – Jan 13
India | South
May 18 – Jun 3
Jun 13 – Jun 29
Jul 7 – Jul 23
Kham | East Tibet
Aug 2 – Aug 18
With constant changes in airfare and local economies, program costs vary from year to year. Please contact us for the current cost of the program that interests you.
Start your application!
Our programs are very popular and tend to fill quickly. Enrollment is first come, first served. If you are considering one of our study abroad programs, enroll early to reserve your space.
Compassion in Action
Students volunteer their services on all Wisdom Study Abroad Programs.
Volunteering in Kolkota
When Professor Jim Hagan’s students enroll in his Indian Sacred Art and Indian Philosophy classes, through Vermont’s Castleton University, they have a treat in store for them. Their studies abroad include exotic places like Kolkata, Darjeeling and Sikkim.
However, it is in Kolkata where his group always has its most rewarding experience. Jim calls Compassion in Action an opportunity for his students to meet, enjoy and work with India’s neediest people — the children.
Carrying educational materials, lessons, art supplies and toiletries, Jim’s students make a big hit with the kids. And because the feedback from this volunteer experience is ever so positive, Jim returns each year with yet another new class that can count on Kolkata’s ETC kids being the highlight of their trip.— Rosalie Giffoniello, Co-Founder
From its humble beginning forty nine years ago, Tibetan Children’s Village has today become a thriving, integrated educational community for destitute Tibetan children in exile. It has established branches in India extending from Ladakh in the North to Bylakuppe in South, with over 16,726 children under its care.
Forty nine years is not a short period in anyone’s life and certainly not in the life of TCV. Tibetan Children’s Village realizes the enormous responsibility it bears for the destiny of our Tibetan children and for the goodwill of the thousands of its donors and friends around the world who have sustained it through all these years.
Kopan Monastery had its beginnings in the Solu-khumbu region of the Himalayan mountains. In 1971 Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama, a yogi of the tiny hamlet of Lawudo, fulfilled the promise of the previous Lawudo Lama to start a monastic school for the local children. The school was called Mount Everest Center. Twenty five monks moved down from the mountain to Kopan in 1971 — prompted by the harsh climate at an altitude of 13,000 feet, which made study barely possible in winter.
Today Kopan is a thriving monastery of 360 monks, mainly from Nepal and Tibet, and a spiritual oasis for hundreds of visitors yearly from around the world. Nearby is Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery, home to 380 nuns.