Study Abroad

The Asian Studies Program REQUIRES all majors to study in an Asian culture related to their interest. If an Asian Studies major receives financial aid, that aid will travel with the student in the study-abroad semester! Students are encouraged to work with their language instructors and the Chair of the Asian Studies Program to find a suitable program for studying abroad and to explore financial aid possibilities. Students may participate in a wide variety of programs sponsored by different organizations, but Sewanee students often participate in one of the following programs: 

IES Abroad

The organization IES (International Education of Students) runs programs in both Japan and China. In Japan, their program is run out of Kanda University of International Studies in Tokyo. At Kanda, students can specialize in language study or language and cultural studies. For more information, visit the IES Abroad site for Tokyo, Japan. IES Abroad sponsors a Chinese language and culture study program at Beijing Foreign Studies University. Students take intensive Chinese courses and area studies courses in English. Visit the IES Abroad site for Beijing, China.


CET (China Education Tours) was the first US organization to establish study abroad programs in China after the death of Mao Zedong in 1976. They have expanded their programs into Vietnam. In China, CET offers distinct programs in Beijing, Harbin, Hangzhou, and Nanjing. Their programs are designed for different levels of language competency, and some include internship opportunities. Their newest program in Hangzhou has a strong area studies component.  Learn more about their programs in China.  In Vietnam, CET cooperates with Hong Bang Private University to run its program on Vietnamese language and culture in Hanoi. The program requires no previous study of Vietnamese and offers the opportunity to room with Vietnamese.  Learn more about CET's programs in Vietnam.

Rikkyo University, Tokyo 

Sewanee has an academic exchange relationship with Rikkyo University in Tokyo. Through a grant from the Freeman Foundation, Sewanee students may attend Rikkyo University's program on Japanese language and cultural studies for the cost of Sewanee's tuition. The grant provides a modest spending allowance, free airfare to Tokyo, free room and board, and funds for books.