Shaxi Valley, China (Rachel Levine '15)
A great deal of variation exists in the locations, durations, foreign language expectations, housing options, and educational formats. The language requirements for programs in China and Japan are listed so that students may avoid programs that are inappropriate in terms of having either too much or too little foreign language background. Other programs exist in many of the countries on this list, but have been excluded because their duration, academic program, or sponsoring organization does not conform to the principles established by the Off-Campus Study Committee. (Students may petition the Committee to participate on an unapproved program if they believe it provides a compelling academic advantage compared to the listed programs.)
Each program page is linked to its sponsor's web site where more detailed information is available and to student evaluations (2007 and later). To access these evaluations you must log in (lower right corner) with your Bates username and password. Student evaluations prior to 2007 and program brochures are available in the Off-Campus Study Library.
The "number of participants" entry in the Comments column is per semester. Numbers often fluctuate from year to year, and we provide them to give a general sense of program size.
Asia, as defined here, extends from India to Japan and Indonesia. It is an area of tremendous physical variation and cultural diversity. It also contains areas of political unrest, poor sanitation, health hazards, and uneven access to quality medical care. In some settings, Americans stand out as affluent "targets of opportunity" for crime, and women as targets for sexual harassment. Students are encouraged to consider these issues as they evaluate the programs below and to contact the program sponsor to discuss their concerns. Background information is also available on the Pre-Departure Planning web pages.
Approval of participation, including completion of a Bates application, is required to receive credit for study on any of these programs or universities. Please see Dean Sawyer or Mr. Das, in the Off-Campus Study Office in Roger Williams Hall, for further information and discussion.