LU students in front of prayer flagsField Experience in Religious Studies

2019-2020: Buddhism in Asia

The 2019-2020 field experience course will examine religion and globalization through the lens of Buddhism. During the fall term, students will be introduced to Buddhist traditions in South and Southeast Asia, and we will explore some key issues related to globalization. In December, we will travel to India and Thailand, where we will interact with religious communities in Delhi, Varanasi, Bodh Gaya, and Bangkok. Students will complete and present independent research during the winter term.


About the Program

Students who are admitted into the program must enroll in RLST 291: Field Experience in Religious Studies for the fall and winter terms, and must commit to an orientation weekend at Bjorklunden in October or November. Students will receive 6 units of credit for completing the entire program.

In order to be eligible to apply, students must be in good academic standing at Lawrence, and able to enroll in RLST 291: Field Experience In Religious Studies for 3 units each in the Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 terms. Students must also commit to an orientation weekend at Bjorklunden in October or November. (Date TBD.)

At the time of application, students must have a passport valid through June 20, 2020, or a dated receipt for a passport application.

Students must arrive in Delhi on December 2, and the program will end in Bangkok on December 20. 

While there will be some free time for students to explore our destinations on their own, this is an academic course with a travel component, and not a vacation or a sightseeing tour. Students are expected to travel together and remain with the group for the duration of the program.

Financial Information

The course fees are approximately $3,000 per student, plus airfare to Delhi and from Bangkok (approx. $1,000). Student fees will cover visas, travel insurance, lodging, meals, local transportation, airfare between India and Thailand, and entrance fees to religious and historical sites.

Fees will not cover any CDC-recommended vaccinations or medications necessary for travel, nor will fees cover spending money for souvenirs, etc.

If accepted into the program, a non-refundable $500 deposit is due by July 1, 2019. The remainder of the program fee will be billed to your student account in the fall term, unless other arrangements are requested.

How to Apply

Students can apply to the program online.
In addition to completing the online application, students must submit the following:

  • A copy of your academic transcript (an unofficial one printed off of Voyager is OK)
  • A color scan of the info and signature page of your passport. Passports must be valid through June 20, 2020, and must have at least two blank pages for visas and stamps.
  • A letter of recommendation from someone who has taught or supervised you in college.

All application materials must be received no later than May 1, 2019, at 4:00pm. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Students will be notified of their acceptance into the program within one week of the application deadline.



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