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John Stifler
· March 7, 2017
I met students in this program when I was teaching at the University of Peradeniya on a Fulbright grant in 2009 -- not part of the ISLE program, but we were neighbors. I liked what I saw; the resource...s available to ISLE participants seem to be substantial, offering good access to the country and the cultures of Sri Lanka. Also, one of the other Fulbright grantees that year was a Bowdoin graduate who had been an ISLE participant when in college, and he obviously had gotten a great deal from the experience. (My Facebook photo is of me with fishermen in Trincomalee, which I finally got to visit in the summer of 2009, after the civil war had ended.) See More
ISLE students dance alongside Sri Lankan pilgrims at Kataragama!
Sri Lanka Movie
Introduction to Fall 2017 Dance & Drumming Performance

Another post on the ISLE student blog! Read Tom's post, "A Practical Guide to Sri Pada." Sri Pada (also known as "Adam's Peak") is a mountain in central Sri Lanka that is widely known for a large footprint located near the base. The footprint is said to belong to the Buddha, the Hindu god Shiva, or Adam in Islamic and Christian traditions. See Tom's post on the experience of climbing Sri Pada here:


Take a look at the ISLE student-run blog to see the first post from the Spring 2018 program:…/what-cant-be-done-in-flip-f…

Since arriving in Sri Lanka, I have been presented with many new things. Including, a new cuisine, a new climate, and a new schedule, just to name a few. Despite some burnt palates, sweaty days, and...

The spring ISLE program has begun and the students are busy! During their first week in Kandy, students toured the University of Peradeniya campus, started Sinhala class, visted the Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) and the Royal Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, and moved in with their host families. The week concluded with an introduction to the game of cricket! Stay tuned for more updates from the spring students throughout the semester. Photo credit to ISLE Program Assistant, Olivia Dure

In 2017, ISLE celebrated 35 years of successful programs in Sri Lanka. Since 1982, the ISLE Program has helped students discover Sri Lanka - a microcosm of world religions and a biodiversity hotspot. Through the program, students from U.S. colleges have discovered new academic interests, formed lifelong relationships with host families and local friends, and conducted research on critical local and global issues. Students often return from their semester in Sri Lanka with gre...ater cultural awareness, maturity and an expanded worldview. Their experiences in Sri Lanka are ones to last a lifetime.
The ISLE Program as it is would not be possible without the dedication, compassion, and hard work of ISLE staff and University of Peradeniya faculty. Additionally, the ISLE alumni/ae network is not only an example of the program's impact and success, but is also an essential part of the program's continuity and growth.

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Fall 2017 ISLE students learned the art of Kandyan drumming during the program and performed for an audience of host families and ISLE staff.

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The Fall students spent the first 3 weeks of Session III conducting research for their independent study projects. The students explored a variety of topics, from ayurveda and biomedicine, to support for survivors of domestic violence, to land rights. Once they returned to Kandy from their research sites, all students presented their final papers to their professors and peers at a mini ISLE academic conference. The program concluded with the Final Tea, during which students, host families, friends, and ISLE staff came together for one last time before the students' departure.

ISLE students and Program Assistant, Olivia perform Kirala Wannama, a classical dance, at the Fall 2017 ISLE dance and drumming performance. Great job, everyone!

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Fall '17 ISLE student David welcomes an audience of host families, friends and ISLE staff to the Fall 2017 dance and drumming performance. Then, Program Director C.R. de Silva, the students' dance instructor Mr. Sirisena, and honored guests light an oil lamp to mark the start of the performance.

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On the ISLE student blog: watch Fall 2017 ISLE student, Jeremy's video on how to cook roti!

Pol Roti (Coconut Roti) is a popular and very simple Sri Lankan recipe! Mix freshly grated coconut, butter, hot water, and flour. Roti can be eaten plain or with side dishes such as sugar & butter,...

Be sure to take a look at the ISLE student blog! The Fall 2017 students have been posting photos and written reflections throughout the semester to document their experiences in Sri Lanka.

It’s really difficult to find what the average lifespan of a Bo tree (Ficus religiosa) is, mostly because nobody really knows. The answers I’ve been able to find have ranged from an understated “over...

ISLE student blog update: Read a satirical post from the Fall students about a classic Sri Lankan snack called wade!

Snippets from college students participating on the ISLE Program, a study abroad program located in...

Catch up on the ISLE student blog! Read one student's guide to introductory Sinhala and watch another student's video about how to make classic Sri Lankan string hoppers

In the days leading up to my departure for Sri Lanka, my mom bought me a journal, my aunt bought me a journal, my grandma bought me a journal, all expecting pages full of descriptions of my Lankan...
ISLE (Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education) Program added 27 new photos from October 2, 2017 to the album: Fall 2017 - Session II.
October 2, 2017

Session II began with a transition into ISLE elective courses. The Fall 2017 students are taking Religion and Ritual Practice in Everyday Life, Gender, Women, Culture and Nation, and Traditional Medicine in Sri Lanka. Students are also continuing their language study with Sinhala and Tamil classes. At the end of the first week of Session II, the group embarked on a tour of Sri Lanka's East Coast, focusing on the city of Batticaloa. There, they learned about religious practices and social issues faced by local Muslim communities, including Sufi Muslims, the conservation of mangroves, and post-war reconciliation efforts on the local level.

Be sure to check out the ISLE student blog! This week, Fall 2017 student Katie reflects on crows, milk tea, and privilege:

We’ve officially passed the one-month mark—inconceivable, I agree—and a question has been plaguing me this week: what do privileged crows do in their free time? Bear with me. We visited a solid waste...