Type of Program: Semester Program
City: Bodh Gaya
When Offered: Fall only
Cost: See Program Costs page

In Bodh Gaya, ancient and contemporary Buddhism intermingle, and abstract philosophies take on a human dimension. It was here under the Bodhi tree that the prince-ascetic Gotama became the fully enlightened Buddha. For two and a half millennia, Bodh Gaya has been a magnet for pilgrims from all Buddhist cultures. People from the Theravada countries of Southeast Asia, the Mahayana countries of the Far East, and the Vajrayana countries of the Himalayan north still come to venerate this sacred site, each in a fashion unique to his or her own tradition. Thus, within a two-mile radius, temples have been constructed in the architectural styles of Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Japan, China, Bhutan, and Tibet. Program participants have the unique opportunity to live and study in a Burmese Vihar (monastery).  

Antioch Education Abroad interweaves the diverse resources of Bodh Gaya into a fall semester study program. Emphasis is placed on a comparative approach to both theory and practice. Participants reach their own understanding of that essence which is common to all the varieties of Buddhism, while learning to appreciate the many cultural and historical environments in which it has flourished.  At the heart of the Buddhist Studies Program is the desire to allow students to inquire into this subject from as many different points of view as possible. Western academic models are systematically used in the core courses, while Buddhist philosophies are tested in the meditation traditions course. Students are encouraged to examine their own cultural and intellectual assumptions as they pursue these studies in a challenging and supportive environment. This program is offered in fall semesters only. For more information, please view the Antioch Education Abroad website.


Eligibility and Prerequisites

Students must have declared a major and taken prerequisite courses.  Students must have completed three semesters in college-level residence in order to apply.


Application and Study Abroad Deposit Deadlines


For Study in Fall 2014

Application and $500 deposit

February 28, 2014


Please note that both the application and fee are due in the Office of International Studies. All students must attend an advising session at least one week prior to the deadline in the Office of International Studies to obtain an application.