Applications for the Fall 2025 will open in early November. The rolling admission process begins in mid-February. Please fill out the Connect with Carleton GEP form or email global@carleton.edu to have your name added to the interest list for Buddhist Studies in India Fall 2025.

Program Dates for Fall 2024

Buddhist Studies in Bodh Gaya, India runs every fall from early September to mid-December. The tentative program dates for Fall 2024 are below.

2024 Tentative Program Dates: September 2– December 13, 2024 (103 days)

  • Monday, Sept 2: students arrive in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Tuesday, Sept 3: Buddhist Studies in India orientation in Thailand begins
  • Monday, Sept 9: Buddhist Studies in India classes begin
  • Wednesday, Nov: 13: Buddhist Studies in India 10-week classes end
  • Monday, Nov 18: All student 10-week coursework submitted
  • Wednesday, Nov 20: Buddhist Studies in India ISPs begin
  • Wednesday, Dec 11: All student ISP work submitted
  • Friday, Dec 13: students depart from Gaya, India

Tuition and Program Fees

Fall 2024 tuition and program fees will be available in November.

Tuition (Carleton equivalent of 16 semester credits)$17,584
Room and Board$5,904
Other*$2,036
Total$25,525

* Other:

  • CISI Emergency Medical Insurance during program dates
  • ISP travel allowances
  • Air travel from Chiang Mai, Thailand (orientation location), to Gaya, India
  • Travel within India to program site and local field trips
  • Ground transportation by train or bus during Independent Study Project

Students are responsible for books and research materials, passport and visa fees, transportation to and from Thailand, and personal expenses.

Payment Timeline

AmountDue Date
Deposit$500April 26
Remaining Balance TBDJuly 15