ISLE is an atypical study abroad program. It is a demanding academic and intense cultural experience designed for highly motivated students with interests in various aspects of South Asian cultures and societies. Past students have found studying in Sri Lanka -- a culturally diverse island-nation known for its biodiversity -- enriching in many ways: intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically. Students with an open mind who are ready to be challenged will find the ISLE program a deeply rewarding study abroad experience.
The Early Decision Deadline for both semesters is December 1st. Thereafter, applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis until March 1st for the Fall Program and October 7th for the Spring Program.
What makes ISLE special?
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Our application deadline for the Fall 2014 program has been extended to March 20th! Click here to apply.
The ISLE Program, as a non-profit Incorporation in the USA, complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability.
Here is what past students have said about their experiences on the ISLE Program:
"[ISLE] is no ordinary program; it provides an immense opportunity for growth"
"I felt that I have matured as a student and as a citizen of the world. I have not felt this much motivation and effort towards my work in years and I do not want that element to fade away in years to come."
"The independent study really helped me gain confidence in myself and my ability to carry out academic work outside the classroom."
"Living with a Sri Lankan family in a homestay certainly altered my perspective on the world."
"I could not have asked for or imagined a more perfect experience with [my host family]...They were among the first people I went to when I needed to discuss anything."
"I am a more capable and balanced person, based upon my abilities to communicate across cultural differences and my new appreciation for patience and putting myself in others' shoes."
"The Independent Study was altogether a great experience--one of the most interesting academic endeavors of my life."
"[ISLE] helped me understand more about who I am, and [I got] a better view on my life and the United States in general."