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ISLE Program

Eligibility and Costs

Any student in good standing at his or her home institution is eligible to apply for the program. Preference is given to students who apply by the early decision deadline; to ensure a place in the program, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by that deadline. The ISLE Program is best suited to students interested in learning from intensive exposure to a significantly different social, cultural, and material environment.

The tuition fee for the Fall 2014/Spring 2015 ISLE Program is $20,000. This fee covers the Sri Lanka visa fee, room, board, and study and research costs for the entire duration of the program. Program travel in Sri Lanka, textbooks, and expenses involving seasonal illnesses, are also covered. Students who receive financial aid in the United States can apply this aid to study on ISLE. 

The ISLE Program fees may be broken down as follows:

Study & Research fees: $15,000 includes cost of one-semester at University of Peradeniya, Sri Lankan Studies Seminar lectures, plus costs of pre-departure support and advice, on-site orientation, study materials, and independent study expenses.

Room and Board: $2,000

Transportation & Insurance: $3,000: Includes in-country transportation, visa fees, supplemental travel and medical insurance, study tours and field trips. Please note that the travel insurance provided by the Program is not a substitute for adequate primary medical insurance with international coverage, which students are required to carry as a prerequisite to participation in the Program. Most college student health plans offer such coverage, but it is the responsibility of students and their families to check carefully with their health insurance providers to determine whether their own health insurance coverage meets this prerequisite.

Student Responsibility: International airfare and baggage fees, primary medical insurance with international coverage (see above), International Student Identity Card (ISIC) fee, and personal incidental expenses not listed above. To give you an idea of in-country costs, see the list below of a few typical incidental expenses.

Rice & Curry Lunch Packet: (vegetarian) Rs.110-Rs. 120 or $0.84- $0.92 
Rice & Curry Lunch Packet: (with meat) Rs.170-Rs.200 or $1.30- $1.53 
King Coconut Water: Rs.45 or $0.34
Haircut: Rs.100- Rs.300 or $0.77 - $2.30 
Three wheeler: (from ISLE Center to Kandy) Rs. 450 or $3.45 
Local Bus: (from ISLE Center to Kandy) Rs. 25 or $0.20
Local Bus: (from Kandy to Colombo) Rs. 400 or $3.00

Scholarship Opportunities:

Listed below are a few scholarship options to help fund your study abroad experience. Your home college may also offer scholarships for study abroad. Visit your school website or talk with your Off-Campus Study advisers for information on additional scholarship resources.

Gilman Scholarship

Boren Scholarship

Project Travel (for individual fundraising)

IIE Passport Study Abroad Funding 

Fund for Education Abroad

Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship for Study Abroad

The Global Studies Grant for Travel & Study Abroad

Corrinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation Travel Abroad Scholarships

Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship

GoAbroad Scholarship Directory

You may also consider contacting your local Chamber of Commerce for information on local organizations (Lions Club, Rotary Club, etc) that offer scholarships and funding for study abroad

Please E-mail the Program isle@bowdoin.edu if you have any further questions about program costs.