Please note that this program only runs during the fall semester.
The Carleton Global Engagement Program is a unique opportunity for students that allows them to study Buddhism while living in a monastery and experiencing an engaging and supportive environment. Students have the opportunity to take Hindi language and also conduct an independent study on a topic related to Buddhist Studies.
Since 1979, this program has become recognized for the academic excellence of its comparative approach to both the theory and practice of Buddhism. The program weaves together the diverse resources of Bodh Gaya, a unique pilgrimage center in northern India, home to more than 40 Buddhist temples within a largely Hindi and Muslim community. Each temple offers a gateway for students to explore a particular culture and region where Buddhism manifests around the world, including Tibet, Sri Lanka, Burma, Japan, Bhutan, and others.
"For two and a half millennia, Bodh Gaya has been a magnet for pilgrims from all Buddhist cultures who 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 to function with the cultural traditions of Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Japan, China, Bhutan, and Tibet. As well as being a pilgrimage center for Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is home to several thousand Hindus and Muslims. Religious and cultural festivals abound here." Please read more on the Carleton website.
Students are required to enroll in four courses (4 credits each) for a total of 16 credits. This is the equivalent of four Princeton credits. The curriculum is comprised of two required courses, one core course, and one language course. One of the required courses is an independent study, and for A.B. students in their junior spring semester, please note that the independent study topic must be different from the JP topic. Your JP research must be in addition to your full course-load on the program. Please visit the Carleton website for more information on academics
For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad.
Grading & Credits:
For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.
Fall Semester: late August to mid December
Please refer to the Carleton website for updated calendars
Students will live in the compound of the Burmese Vihar (monastery) and will follow a rigorous daily schedule and the five basic Buddhist ethical precepts. Meals are also provided within the guesthouse. You can read more about housing and the daily expectations on the Carleton website.
Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.
For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.
Passport and Visa
Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.
Students will need a visa to study in India. Please visit the Cox and Kings Global Services website for more information.
Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
- Apply directly to the program by their deadline. Visit the Carleton website directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton approval deadlines.
- Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines.
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