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  • Locations: kandy, Sri Lanka
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: IFSA-Butler 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English, Sinhala, Tamil Housing options: Homestay
Areas of study: Anthropology, Asian Studies, Biology, Culture, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, History, Human Rights, Independent/Directed Research, International Relations, Peace & Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Pre-Health, Public Health, Religious Studies, Sociology, Urban Studies Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Stand alone GPA: 9.0
Program Description:
     Study Abroad in SRI LANKA                                                                                   


Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education Program (ISLE)



About the Program
  Develop the tools to navigate Sri Lanka as a cultural insider and informed researcher. This Fascinating island is your classroom as you learn the local language live with host families and conduct an independent Study Project on one of its deeply-rooted traditions or contemporary post-war challenges. 

About Sri Lanka

The tropical Island of Sri Lanka is a microcosm of world religions. Although there is a deeply rooted tradition of Theravada Buddhism, the country is home to large populations of Hindus, Muslims and Christians. The ISLE program location is in the city of Kandy. 

Program Benefits
  • Set yourself apart by participating in the only academic and cultural immersion program in Sri Lanka
  • Gain valuable experience and give your resume a boost by conduction independent field-based research
  • Take courses with faculty at the historic and prestigious University of Peradeniya
  • Travel throughout the island to learn about its diverse populations, environments and social issues
  • Become part of the family with a home stay that offers an intimate look at daily Sri Lankan life and cultural traditions.


IFSA scholarships are primarily need-based and factor in any additional cost your study abroad program might have over home school tuition. The awards are $500 for summer programs, $1,500 for semester programs and $2,500 for full year programs. These scholarships may apply to any IFSA program, with the exception of our custom programs. 

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Contact Us

6201 Corporate Drive, Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46278
Phone: 317-940-9336



The program is based at the University of Peradeniya, just outside of Kandy. ISLE Program courses are taught on campus, and students also have access to the program center in a residential neighborhood of Kandy. Through the program's core seminar, language classes, electives, and the independent study project (ISP), students examine the history, cultures, politics, environment, and society of Sri Lanka in depth. Living with homestay families facilitates deeper immersion into Sri Lankan society and gives students an opportunity to form meaningful connections within the local community.

The program begins with Sri Lankan Studies and Sinhala language class for the first month. This serves as an introduction to the local society and environment and provides a foundation on which students may build the rest of their studies. Through the core course, the program explores politics, history, sociology, anthropology, and other subjects, partly determined by students’ own backgrounds and interests.
During the next two months, students select two elective courses from among Religious Studies, Environmental Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Traditional Medicine, Sinhala language, and Tamil language. 
For the final month of the program, students complete an independent study project as a capstone for the Sri Lankan Studies course. 

Language classes
All students are required to take Sinhala I during the core seminar phase. Students may continue to take Sinhala II during the elective course phase, and Tamil language is also offered as an elective. Students planning to conduct ISPs in Tamil-speaking areas may benefit from taking this course. 

Students are placed individually in homestays around Kandy. Typically, no more than two or three students are placed in the same neighborhood. There is a wide range of families, and students complete a housing form to be matched appropriately. Students also participate in a weekend stay with a local student in the residence halls on campus at the University of Peradeniya. 

Number of Students
The program typically enrolls 12-15 students.

Host Institutions
University of Peradeniya

Faculty Liaison
Arash Khazeni

Country Guide and Student Experiences
Read more about student experiences and information from IFSA-Butler about Sri Lanka here

Travel Advisories  

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 09/19/2021 10/08/2021 01/20/2022 05/10/2022