About

About

Our goal is to make your study abroad program one of the most profound learning experiences of your life — one that you will treasure for a lifetime. If you have an interest in history, art, philosophy, photography, anthropology, psychology, environmental studies, spirituality or Asian culture, consider a Wisdom Study Abroad Program.

Wisdom Study Abroad Programs give college students a rare opportunity to study and experience the ancient cultures and art of India, Tibet, Greece, Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, Cambodia and China. We have been offering our international study abroad programs to students since 1999. Since that time, we have had thousands of students join us in small, personally led groups, to learn about these cultures with a global point of view.

Conducted by Castleton University faculty Jim Hagan and Shelley Warren, students can earn undergraduate academic credits during Winter and Summer sessions. There are no foreign language requirements. Financial aid is available to students who are currently receiving it.

Our Team

Jim Hagan

Jim Hagan

Owner/Program Coordinator

Jim Hagan has lived, studied, and traveled in Asia for more than 25 years. He has taken students to study in Asia since 1999. Over this period of time, he and his wife Shelley Warren Hagan, have had the privilege of sharing these culturally rich learning experiences with more than 2,000 students. Jim teaches at Castleton University and Johnson State College of Vermont. He has lectured in Europe, Asia and the U.S. on Buddhist art, culture, meditation and philosophy. He lived in India and Nepal for 10 years during the 70’s and 80’s where he studied Buddhism at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, The Library of Tibetan Works & Archives in Dharamsala, India and Ganden Monastery in South India. Jim is an accomplished photographer who has exhibited his photos from 25 years of documenting Buddhist and Hindu Art, architecture, and culture. He is the owner of Wisdom Study Abroad and personally conducts study abroad programs in India, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Tibet, East Tibet, Thailand and Cambodia. He leads every program the way he teaches — with passion and a concern that each student has the experience of a lifetime!

Shelley Warren

Shelley Warren

Owner/Program Coordinator

Shelley is an artist who has exhibited her large scale sculptures and installations in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. Prior to receiving her MFA Degree from Yale University School of Art, she lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and North Africa studying art. In the ancient city kingdom of Patan, Nepal she studied with the Newars, renowned for centuries throughout South Asia as the finest statue makers. There she studied the lost wax process of bronze casting in a Newar foundry. In Kathmandu, Nepal she studied Tibetan Tangka painting as prescribed through ancient iconographical texts. She has received numerous awards and fellowships from Yale University, New Jersey State Council of the Arts, Art Matters, Rutgers University Center for Innovative Printmaking, and Yaddo. Her work is in the Lannan Foundation Collection and has been reviewed by the New York Times. Currently, she teaches drawing and sculpture at the University of Vermont and Castleton University. As an owner of Wisdom Study Abroad, she has coordinated and led study abroad programs to Nepal and Greece since 1999.

Castleton University

Academic Credits

Academic credits for all of our study abroad programs are available through Castleton University, which is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.