June 19 – 25, 2016
University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont


“Thank you for the great experiences you gave me this past summer. I took part in the Asian Cultures Institute and I had a great time. I learned how to speak Chinese, ate amazing Asian food, learned Tai Chi, and much more. I was opened up to a whole different culture I was not fully aware of. I became more open to the world and more educated with the environmental issues of Asia. The lectures we participated in helped us understand a different way of life, and how other cultures develop.”                     -A 2014 Asian Cultures graduate


East meets west in this immersion week at the University of Vermont featuring all things Asian. You’ll experience Asian history, arts, food, social customs, languages, and cultures in an intensive academic program designed to prepare qualifying students to visit China the following year. Focused primarily on Chinese and Japanese cultures, this six-day residential intensive on the University of Vermont campus celebrates cultures across Asia.

At the Institute, you will:

  • Learn about Asian languages, customs and socio-political issues
  • Enjoy hands-on and academic activities with Asian experts
  • Celebrate Asian cultures through arts, dance and music
  • Connect with other Vermont high school students interested in world cultures

The Institute focuses on Chinese and Japanese cultures with introductions to other Asian cultures. Rising Vermont high school sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to apply. The Institute on Asian Cultures is co-sponsored with the Asian Studies Outreach Program at the University of Vermont thanks to a grant from the Freeman Foundation. Some graduates of the Asian Cultures Institute will have the opportunity to travel to China during the summer following the Institute through the GIAC-China program operated by the Asian Studies Outreach Program at the University of Vermont. Contact [email protected] for more information regarding the GIAC-China program fee, travel dates, and other requirements to participate in the program.

For information regarding tuition, please click here. Please note that tuition covers the week-long Institute at UVM this summer and does not include subsequent travel to China.

 Earn College Credit this summer!

High school juniors and seniors may enroll for UVM college credit for this Institute using their Dual Enrollment voucher. Families are responsible for a $30 comprehensive fee to obtain college credit. Contact Nichole Hathaway to sign up by June 15, 2015 (must be accepted to the Asian Cultures Institute first) or with questions regarding obtaining college credit for this Institute: 802-656-4682 or [email protected]

You can find more information here.

If you have any questions regarding the week-long summer Institute at the University of Vermont, contact GIV at (802) 865-4448.