Cultural Study Abroad Programs

The World is Your Campus

Wisdom Study Abroad Programs give college students a rare opportunity to study and experience the ancient cultures and art of India, Tibet, Greece, Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia and China. We have been offering our international study abroad programs to students since 1999. Since that time, we have had more than 1,000 students join us in small, personally led groups, to learn about these cultures from the inside. Academic credits for all of our study abroad programs are available through Castleton State College of Vermont.


Conducted by Castleton State College faculty Jim Hagan and Shelley Warren, students can earn 6 undergraduate academic credits during Winter and Summer sessions. There are no foreign language requirements. Financial aid is available to students who are currently receiving it.

Ancient Civilizations

Immerse yourself in ancient cultures. Explore awe-inspiring natural environments: the living botanical gardens of Sikkim, India, and the world’s highest ecosystem — Mt. Everest, Tibet. Learn the ancient philosophies, artistic traditions, and Asian religions from Hindu, Sikh, Jain, and Buddhist teachers who share their in-depth knowledge and personal experience.

Art of the Aegean

Create site specific sculpture on the pristine beaches of the Aegean Sea. Study art history at Greece’s ancient archeological sites – the Acropolis, the Temple of Delphi, and the Sanctuary of Hera on the island of Samos.

Explore ancient worlds as you examine traditional living cultures in rural and urban environments. Experience monumental significance, symbolism, and structural design of some of the world’s greatest architecture. Learn the historical development of ancient sites and civilizations by exploring the underlying consciousness that inspired their creation. Our programs are open to all students who wish to learn about diverse cultures first hand. They are of special interest to students of history, anthropology, religion, art, architecture, philosophy, environmental studies, and psychology. Students have the option to enroll in these programs to earn academic credit or for the wonderful learning experience itself without earning academic credit.