Contemporary India Program
Spring course, four-week summer trip (July/August), fall capstone course with optional certificate
Delhi, Pune, Dahanu and Jaipur, India
Scholars in all majors
One honors credit
Registration same as registering for course
India is a country of enormous diversity: linguistic (22 official languages), religious, geographic, and economic. What are the defining features of modern India, and how has it stayed together in a world where many other large multiethnic states have fallen apart or lurched from crisis to crisis? This four-week program will provide a window on the major issues facing India, and how Indians understand and argue about their country’s past, present, and future. We rely on interactions with university students and faculty throughout our trip:
- Delhi, hosted by Delhi University (specific college to be determined)
- Chandigarh, hosted by Panjab University
- Jaipur, hosted by The IIS University
The program is structured as a three-credit honors course (ASIA 499) with some pre-departure reading, and get-acquainted meeting in person or by Skype (for non-UP participants), with classes and assignments due periodically over the course of the trip, and with a final paper due after the end of the trip.
- 2016 India blog by Allison Gaddis
- 2015 India blogs by Ellis Stump, Tessa Sontheimer and Kirsten Reilly
- 2014 India Blog
- 2014 India Photo Album
- 2013 Photo Album from IIS University Visit
This course is open to Penn State students from all campuses and majors, with selection priority given to Schreyer Scholars and Liberal Arts Paterno Fellows aspirants.
- Round-trip ticket between your preferred departure/return point and Dehli - typically $1100-1700 from Philadelphia and other east coast cities
- Required three credits of summer tuition (billed at the in-state lower-division University Park rate) and fees
- Estimated program fee covering lodging, in-country transportation, and most meals is $750 (final amount to be determined in late Fall 2019)
- Additional expected costs include an Indian visa ($60) and recommended medications
Apply for this program via the Education Abroad online system between October 15, 2010 and January 31, 2020. If you aren't a US citizen, you should determine your eligibility for an Indian e-Tourist via (eTV).