We want you to study abroad as part of your Asian Studies major or minor! Study abroad is an excellent way to satisfy language requirements for the AS major and to experience the broader world. Our undergraduate advisor is happy to help you understand how to set up study abroad as part of your program plan.
The University at Buffalo has many international partnerships, and with the number of scholarship opportunities here at UB and from external funding sources, study abroad can be more affordable that you may expect. You can search the UB study abroad options to find the best place for you!
Capital Normal University
International Christian University
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Singapore Institute of Management
Nanyang Technological University
Russell Guilbault is a fourth-year Asian Studies and Philosophy dual major who has been frightfully productive in pursuit of his research. In addition to founding and serving as president of the Buddhist Student Association and Undergraduate Asian Studies Association, Russell has presented on religion and philosophy in East Asia at conferences both near and far—from Geneva NY, Nashville TN, and Oxford MS to Taipei and Kobe. He is also a 2018 recipient of the Asian Studies Program Study Abroad Award, which supported his participation in the summer 2018 program at International Christian University in Japan.
Kayleigh Hamernik is a fourth-year Environmental Studies major and Asian Studies minor. She was able with Asian Studies Program Study Abroad Award to pursue intermediate and advanced Hindi in Jaipur, India, during the fall 2017 semester. Here’s what she had to say about her experience:
Carmila Stafford is an outstanding second-year Linguistics major with a concentration in Japanese. Having studied Japanese with a tutor in high school, Carmila was able to enroll in second-year Japanese as a freshman. She is now spending the year abroad in Kobe on the Konan University Year-in-Japan program. She hopes to obtain the highest possible level of fluency in Japanese in order to pursue her goal of becoming a professional translator.
Cristina Czach was a 2018 Rustgi Awardee and she is an Asian Studies Major. Our Asian Studies student office crew interviewed her. This profile is by Julie Zeng ’20 and Enhao Zheng ‘20
The American Institute of Indian Studies intensive summer language programs in India are designed for students with an interest in South Asian languages from U.S universities. Our UB Asian Studies Rustgi South Asian Language Award supports the full cost of AIIS summer program tuition and roundtrip airfare to India, and last year we were pleased to fund Cristina Czach’s enrollment the program. We interviewed Cristina, an Asian Studies major, about her experience in the program.
Cristina Czach is a participant of AIIS Intensive Summer Language Program in India and the 2018 winner of UB Asian Studies Rustgi Award. After having studied online through the STARTALK program, she wanted to learn more about India’s cultures.
Where did Cristina study abroad?
Cristina went to Lucknow, the capital city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
What was it like?
The AIIS program usually will assign two students to one local host family. Cristina was placed with an elderly host who spoke fluent English. Because Cristina could communicate with her host in both English and Urdu, she learned a lot about Urdu and culture of Lucknow. Lucknow is a large city with 2.8 million residents, however there are not that many fluent English speakers. This means that Cristina had to use her new Urdu skills to communicate with local people as she explored and traveled. Cristina said that this was a challenge but also a great opportunity for her to practice Urdu language skills.
Learning a New Language and Culture
Cristina was unfamiliar with the Indian teaching style, in which teachers tend not to interact with students as much. AIIS program instructors are trained to interact more intensively with students, but Cristina found the style to be remarkably different. Cristina had many opportunities to discover India outside of class, because the AIIS program gives students freedom and flexibility in their schedules. This flexibility was one of the reasons why she chose to apply for AIIS.
Should other UB students apply for this program?
Definitely yes! During this summer program, Christina was impressed by Indian history and culture, which made her more interested in studying Urdu. She highly recommends that UB students apply for AIIS summer program. Not many colleges offer Urdu language courses or study abroad opportunities in India. For other students, this study abroad experience would be useful and low-cost. Daily expenses are relatively inexpensive for American students studying abroad in India, and there are many different ways for tuition to be covered, of which the Rustgi Scholarship is only one for AIIS program. Cristina recommends that students to stay for longer since two months seems like hardly enough time to get used to the local environment.