Site Seminar – Sri Lanka

Experience IFSA Sri Lanka

Explore the Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE) program during our site seminar to Kandy, Sri Lanka, March 2-6, 2020. This seminar will engage you as a cultural learner, utilizing our Exploring Community & Culture framework to introduce local life through a socio-historical lens. 

You’ll experience firsthand our learning framework, appreciative advising, learning communities, and how our objectives embody Future-Focused Study Abroad in our programs.

In addition to learning more about the country and culture of Sri Lanka, you’ll have the opportunity to see and experience all aspects of the ISLE program. This includes examining the independent study component, a hallmark of the ISLE program, which for more than 30 years has provided students unique research opportunities.

Engage in a collaborative learning experience with colleagues as we discuss new opportunities and mutual challenges, and reflect on how to make study in Sri Lanka a meaningful experience for your students.

Special Faculty Offer

Our partner institutions report that engaging faculty in understanding and promoting the ISLE program has been instrumental to its success on campus. With that in mind, we are offering two special incentives to faculty members who apply to attend the Sri Lanka site seminar (in addition to or in lieu of a study abroad professional):


Accepted faculty members qualify for a $500 travel grant applicable toward a flight booked through our travel partner, STA Travel. The travel grant must be used to defray the cost of travel to and from the Sri Lanka site seminar.


Any students from the accepted faculty member’s institution who attend the ISLE program for the fall 2020, spring 2021, or fall 2021 semester will receive a $2,000 scholarship. The faculty member must attend the site seminar in order for the institution and the students to qualify.


During the week, you’ll meet with IFSA’s Resident Director and local staff, along with university faculty, homestay families, and current IFSA students on the ISLE program.

The provisional itinerary for this site seminar is:

Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020
Depart from U.S. for Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sunday, March 1, 2020
Arrive in Colombo

Monday, March 2, 2020
IFSA transportation to Kandy
Visit ISLE Center and meet with ISLE staff and students

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Visit University of Peradeniya, including Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Local day trip to nearby cultural sites

Thursday, March 5, 2020
ISLE Faculty Luncheon, and visit homestay families

Friday, March 6, 2020
IFSA transportation to Colombo
Depart Colombo for U.S.

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Arrive in U.S.

Travel & Expenses


IFSA will provide single hotel accommodations, most meals, field visits, activities, and seminar-related in-country transportation. You will be responsible for your international flight to/from Colombo, some meals, and personal expenses.


You should plan to arrive into Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday, March 1, 2020. Many flights arrive in the early morning. Sunday will be a free day with a scheduled optional dinner that evening. Participants will be provided hotel accommodations on Sunday, and the group will travel to Kandy Monday morning. Those who prefer to arrive early Monday morning can do so, but should be prepared to travel straight to Kandy with the group and participate in all-day meetings on arrival.

The group will return to Colombo on Friday, March 6, in time to catch flights departing in the afternoon/evening. IFSA staff will discuss and confirm arrival and departure needs with each participant.

To enter Sri Lanka, you will need a valid passport through September 2020 and a valid ETA (eVisa). Instructions on securing a visa will be provided at a later date. In addition, IFSA recommends you have travel insurance to cover unexpected travel issues and medical needs while visiting Sri Lanka.

Apply Now

To Experience IFSA Sri Lanka, click the Apply Now button below and complete the Experience IFSA Sri Lanka Application. Your application will be reviewed promptly, and you will receive additional details and registration information within one week.


December 2, 2019

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Aaron Yerkes
Assistant Vice President
for University Relations

Tudor Silva
Resident Director
IFSA Sri Lanka Program Center
75 Dangolla Road
Kandy, Peradeniya 20400
Sri Lanka

Reactions & Reviews

International educators’ comments from previous IFSA Experience site seminars.


“The C+C course is a very well designed course. I was most surprised with the learning objectives and the way the course appears to be taught by the Resident Director. This particular course and the methodologies of its teaching can make for a rewarding and impactful experience. It is also an opportunity for students to ‘connect the dots’ across their coursework and experiences in Mérida.”

Luis Legaspi
University of California at San Diego

“The Merida program has fantastic staff on-site that connect well with the students. Most students have reservations of going to a new place where they don’t know anyone. I believe it is important to highlight the programs ability to connect with the students, as well as the efforts to helping the students connect with the community around them.”

Patricia Joly
Michigan State University


“The size of both Prague and Prague College is a strength. What a wonderful unique experience both would be to someone coming from a large public campus and from a large city in the U.S.”

Kelly O’Sullivan Sommer
University of California at San Diego

“Jana (Zalska, Resident Director)! Small classes. Great support. All of the great things IFSA does.”

Jessica Fetridge
Northwestern University