The Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE) Program, a consortium including Bates, Bowdoin, Carleton, Colby, Grinnell, Holy Cross, Macalester, Swarthmore and Whittier colleges, invites motivated undergraduate students with a liberal arts background from other colleges to participate in its fall and spring semester programs of study in Sri Lanka. ISLE is a rigorous academic program for intellectually motivated students. Its curriculum, taught by leading members of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Peradeniya near Kandy, includes courses of study on Buddhism, history, environmental studies, literature, anthropology, sociology, women's studies, global studies, in addition to intensive instruction in conversational Sinhala. Students live with host families for the duration of the program including during a month-long independent field study. They are paired with the local University students to practice Sinhala and to travel around in the island. Founded in 1982, the Program is formally affiliated with the University of Peradeniya, Kandy. In addition to university campus resources, the Program has its own mini campus with an extensive library ofclose to 5,000 books and journal articles. The Program offers volunteering opportunities and extracurricular activities such as dance, music and batik.
Students in good academic standing and an adventurous mind are encouraged to apply to the 2012 fall and 2013 spring programs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for the 2012 fall program from December 1, 2011 to March 1, 2012 and for the 2013 spring program from March 1 through October 1. The fee for each of these programs is $19,500. Students are responsible fortheir arrival in Sri Lanka. For more details and to download an application, go to: http://www.bowdoin.edu/isle. Check us also on the facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/ISLEprogram or at twitter: @ISLEprogram.