In addition to using a third-party vendor, another option for study abroad is to enroll at one of Castleton University’s sister schools for either one term or an academic year. Castleton partners with a number of universities around the world to promote the international exchange of students between our schools.
Below is a list of Castleton’s partner institutions in China, France, Germany and Japan. We suggest that you spend some time exploring their websites, and if you need further information or have any questions, to please contact Dean Cathy Kozlik.
Founded in 1876 by Joseph Hardy Neesima, who studied in the U.S. and stressed the importance of an international education, his wife Yae Neesima, and an American missionary. Today the college is a leading institution in women’s higher education in Japan. This liberal arts college of 6,500 students has eleven academic departments, complemented by a rich offering of extra-curricular activities. Castleton University hosts several students from Doshisha Women’s College each year.
The International Studies Program at Doshisha Women’s College is a great way to learn about Japanese culture and history. The classes are taught by faculty who are native English speakers but who also speak Japanese. The teachers are very helpful and the class size is small—even smaller than at Castleton—with 10-12 in one class. The relationship among the students in this program is very strong. Older students help the younger ones all the time. –Rio Shimuzu, 2017
Founded in 1956, the East China University of Technology (ECUT) has five campus locations, two in Nanchang and three in Fuzhou. There are more than 20,000 students enrolled in 60 different undergraduate programs, including many science fields but also social sciences. There are a number of students from ECUT—both undergraduate and graduate—who study at Castleton University each semester.
“ECUT has many different and interesting clubs for students to join. This is a great way to meet people and make new friends. Also, ECUT holds a big dance and singing competition every year with hundreds of students competing for the title of being the best singer or dancer on campus. Each year we hold a traditional welcoming ceremony for new students at ECUT. There is always something new and exciting happening on campus.” Ranran Ren and Yaoqin Tang, 2017.
Founded in 1930, Ludong University offers arts, sciences and engineering programs. Located on the northern coast in China, Ludong currently enrolls 28,000 undergraduate students, including more than 800 international students in 75 different programs. It partners with more than 80 universities around the world, including Castleton University. Castleton hosts several students from Ludong University.
"Ludong University is a great place to learn about Chinese culture and history. The school’s history has more than 80 years, the classes are taught by professors who are kind and patient. Don’t worry, if you can’t speak Chinese, the school has a series of classes to help you. And the class size is similar with Castleton University—with 20-30 in one class. The activities are abundant, and there are more than 100 clubs to welcome you to enter them. And there are many different types scholarships you can get. The food is very delicious and the sight is very beautiful. I believe you could enjoy your life in Ludong University." Xue Tian (Maggie), 2018.
Founded in 2002, I’Institut National Universitaire Jean Francois Champollion (l'INU Champollion) is a public French university with approximately 4,000 students on three campuses with the main one in Albi. Its main disciplines of study are: Arts, Letter, and Languages; Law, Economics, and Management; Science and Technology of Physical Activities and Sports, Humanities and Social Sciences; and Science, Technology, and Health. This is a one-to-one exchange program, so each year the number of l’INU Champollion students at Castleton is determined by the number of Castleton students who study there.
“Students take many more courses each semester at l’INU Champollion than at Castleton. However, all of them are really interesting and it does not mean that you'll have more work to do than at Castleton. A lot of events are organized there. For instance, we have big music festivals in the spring. Also, the campus is located in the city center, which is pretty nice given that Albi is a really beautiful city.” Emilie Courrieu, 2017.
Founded in 1971, the University of Kassel has approximately 25,000 students including 3,000 international students. The most popular field of study is Law, Economics and Social Sciences. This is followed by: Engineering; Linguistics and Humanities; Agricultural, Forestry and Nutritional Sciences; Mathematics and Natural Sciences; Art and Art History; and Sports. As the newest partnership, Castleton hopes to host students from Kassel in the future.
2018 Study Abroad Programs to Nepal, India, Tibet, and Cambodia
Jim and Shelley Hagan, part-time professors at Castleton University, have led short-term study abroad programs for 17 years through their own company, Wisdom Study Abroad. Students from Castleton University and from other institutions can receive academic credit for these highly-acclaimed 18-day intensive international programs.
Study both Hindu and Buddhist philosophy, art and culture. Learn the timeless traditions of Nepalese sacred art by studying in some of the most renowned sculpture and painting studios and foundries. Study Buddhist philosophy and actually stay in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Students will also volunteer their services at a school and orphanage.
Ladahk is one of the most spectacular regions of the world located in Northern India and bordering Western Tibet. Often referred to as “Little Tibet” it is nestled between the high Himalayas and Karakorum mountains. In Ladahk each day students will study Buddhist philosophy and art in many of Ladahk’s century-old monasteries, including Alchi, one of the oldest remaining Buddhist monasteries in India. Students will volunteer their services at the Tibetan Children’s Village, founded by the sister of the Dalai Lama. One of the many highlights of the program includes a visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra before we fly to Ladahk.
Since time immemorial, Tibet has captured the imaginations of many. Tibet is synonymous with Buddhism and the Tibetans are among the most devout Buddhists in the world. The classrooms on this program will be the Potala Palace, former residence of the Dalai Lamas, Samye Monastery, Tibet’s first Monastery, and Tibet’s most sacred temple, the Jokhang, to name just a few. Students will study Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, psychology, art and culture. One of the many highlights of the program includes a visit to the world’s highest monastery at the base camp of Mt. Everest.
Kham – Eastern Tibet has one of the world’s most remarkable environments – high grasslands, subtropical jungles, thick forests, massive snow peaked mountains and the headwaters of many of Asia’s greatest rivers. It is also the home to many of Tibet’s most important Buddhist monasteries where students will study Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, psychology, meditation and art. The program begins in Chengdu, China where students will study and explore Chinese Buddhism before driving into Eastern Tibet.
Cambodia is the successor to the great Khmer empire that produced the fabled temples of Angkor, including Angkor Wat, the largest religious structure in the world. It is a devoutly Buddhist country with thousands of Buddhist temples and they will be the classrooms each day where students will study Theravada Buddhist philosophy. Students will also study many of Cambodia’s ancient Angkor temples including Angkor Wat and the Bayon Temple famous for its gigantic 49 Buddha heads.
Students will volunteer their services at a school, visit the homes of rural villagers, and plant rice with farmers.
For more details, visit Wisdom Study Abroad's website.