Global Education for a Global Generation

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Since 1999, Wisdom Study Abroad has had more than 2,000 students enrolled in our international study abroad programs from over 150 colleges and universities.

2017 Course Schedule

Dec 27 - Jan 12

India | South

May 18 – Jun 3


May 27 – Jun 12


Jun 13 – Jun 29

Central Tibet

Jul 7 – Jul 23

Kham | East Tibet

Aug 2 – Aug 18

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Compassion in Action

Empower the Children

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
Empower the Children
Professor Jim Hagan, Empower the Children
Empower the Children
Tibetan Children's Villages

Ladahk, India

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.
Tibetan Childrens Villages
Kopan Monastery

Kathmandu, Nepal

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.
Kopan Monastery
  • My trip with Wisdom Study Abroad was thoroughly inspiring and sparked my interest to live in Asia. I’m now an English teacher in the Gangwon-do province of South Korea. — Tibet, 2011

    Cynthia Stewart — SUNY Purchase
  • I learned a lot about my culture, religion and myself during the trip. It really has helped me grow into the woman I know I can be. — Cambodia & Thailand, 2013

    Veronica Rarn — University of Hartford
  • We can’t thank you enough for showing Eloise, Tibet. She had the most magical time and could not be happier with the experience. — Tibet, 2014

    Heidi Levitt — Bennington College Parent

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