ACM Programs in Asia

A Coe student studies a map during a recent trip abroad.

A Coe student studies a map during a recent trip abroad.

The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) are 14 academically excellent, independent liberal arts colleges located in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Colorado. ACM's 15 off-campus study programs encompass a wide array of settings and academic disciplines. Some include courses at a host university, while others emphasize experiences outside the classroom, such as internships. Several offer research opportunities rarely available to undergraduates.

India Studies - (Hugh Nicholson, adviser) From the high tech industries of Bangalore -- India's answer to Silicon Valley -- to thousands of rural villages seemingly untouched by time, India encompasses both the dynamic forces of globalization and the deep-rooted traditions of an ancient culture. The dichotomy is woven into everyday life in India -- cows interrupt the streams of cars and trucks on the roads, and farmers work with hand tools in fields under the flight paths of jumbo jets. India is also a nation marked by diversity, encompassing a multiplicity of religions, ethnicities, political states, languages and art forms. Its founding democratic principles continue to unfold and adapt amidst political, economic and social restructuring.

On the interdisciplinary ACM India Studies Program in Pune, students have the rare opportunity to experience India's dynamism and diversity firsthand through courses, independent study and daily life in an Indian home and community.

Japan Study - Established in 1963, Japan Study is one of the oldest and most comprehensive programs in educational exchange and development linking colleges and universities in the United States and Japan. Based at Earlham College, Japan Study links member colleges of the Great Lakes Colleges Association, Inc. and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest with those of Waseda University in Japan. These colleges and universities are recognized as among the leading educational institutions in their respective societies. Waseda University has about 45,000 students; the combined student body of students who attend GLCA and ACM member institutions is about 42,500. Japan Study has made important contributions toward fostering the growth of international and intercultural understanding among a significant number of Japanese and American students and faculty. Participants have gone on to distinguished careers in academics, industry, and governmental and non-governmental organizations. They play an important role in a wide range of settings linking Japan, the United States, and the rest of the world.