Welcome to the "Current and Recent Programs" of the ISLE web site. Here you will find brief descriptions and photos from the current ISLE Program, as well as from recent programs. Each of these program sites covers the following pages:
The Pre-orientation page introduces the students and staff, and their preparatory readings before their departure to Sri Lanka.
The "Getting There" page follows the students' journey to Sri Lanka and their first few days of moving in with their host families and getting to know the ISLE Center, the University of Peradeniya, and Kandy town.
The Session I pages follow the students on their Northern Tour along with their archaeology instructors as part of the required Material Culture course. The sites covered in the photos are Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya – all sites of tremendous historical, religious and artistic significance.
The Session II pages cover student participation in various lectures, seminars, study tours, dance, drumming, art of batik, and exploration of independent study venues. At the end of this session, students participate in a dance and drumming performance.
The Final session pages present some snap shots of students engaging in their independent study, their presentations, their gathering with their host families for a final tea, and their overnight hiking trip to a sacred mountain, Sri Pada.