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Helpful Resources and Links

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For more information on the ISLE Program you may be interested in viewing the ISLE Program Power Point slides.

The ISLE Program provides students with a Program Handbook as part of the pre-orientation process. The Program Handbook contains important information about all aspects of the program. Students are encouraged to read it thorougly and to take reference copies with them to Sri Lanka.

Following are links to other helpful resources about Sri Lanka and related subjects. Please keep checking this page for more links as we add them.

News and Information about Sri Lanka:

 The Lanka Academic (Daily news updates not normally available on the web elsewhere)

LankaWeb (lLatest News from Sri Lanka updated as it happens)

TamilNet (news website focusing on current affairs in Sri Lanka from a Tamil perspective)

Maps and Travel Guides:

Asia Explorers Sri Lanka Budget Travel Guide


Lonely Planet Online Guide to Sri Lanka

Lonely Planet Map of Sri Lanka

Maps-Guide.org Maps and Travel Information for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Reference.org

Language Resources:

Let's Speak Sinhala

Omniglot Guide to Sinhala Alphabet

South Asia Summer Language Institute (Summer language school based at the University of Wisconsin, offering Sinhala, Tamil, and many other South Asian languages)

South Asia Official Travel and Health Information:

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- Health Information for Travelers to Sri Lanka

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- Information on Malaria for Travelers

US Department of State Country Specific Information- Sri Lanka (quick guide to relevant information of immediate interest to Americans traveling to or residing in Sri Lanka)

US Department of State Background Notes on Sri Lanka (more detailed background information on Sri Lanka's history, population statistics, government, economy, environment and more)

Other Travel-Related Government Resources:

US Passport Service (information on applying for or renewing a US passport)

US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Guidelines for Air Travelers

US Customs Service (US customs information)


Embassy of Sri Lanka, Washington, D.C.

Embassy of the United States, Sri Lanka and The Maldives

Student Travel Assistance Resources:

International Student Identity Card


ISLE students are required to purchase an International Student Identity Card and are also covered under The Executive Assistance Program through Europassistance/ ACEusa. Please keep in mind that this is not an insurance program, bur rather provides additional emergency assistance for students traveling abroad. All ISLE students are expected to carry health insurance providing international coverage through their family's or college's insurance providers. Specific questions regarding insurance should be directed to students' health insurance providers or ISLE Executive Director Sree Padma Holt: spadma@bowdoin.edu.

Other Resources of Interest:

Faraway Safaris- Wildlife Safaris in Sri Lanka

The Asia Foundation has announced LankaCorps, a unique new opportunity for Americans of Sri Lankan heritage to professionally engage in social, cultural, and economic development activities in Sri Lanka. Three young leaders will be selected to live and work for six months in Sri Lanka as Asia Foundation LankaCorps Fellows from April 1 to September 30, 2012. The program's intent is to foster the involvement of young members of the diaspora who have limited in-depth experience with the country.  For further information:  http://asiafoundation.org/program/overview/lankacorps