Year: Get a full dose of cultural immersion while studying abroad in India for a full year. This program offers a truly unique opportunity to live with a host family while attending a local high school. Attending school in India for an entire academic year will be an intense and rewarding experience, as Indians take their education very seriously. For teens in India, dating is very unusual, and physical contact or hugging is uncommon, except within the family. Like many other countries, a lot of time is spent at school or studying, so you will have the opportunity to grow very close with classmates. Students in India must choose between a number of “streams” (engineering, medical, commerce, or arts). AFSers may choose one of these streams with their host school based upon interest, academic background, and space available at the school. In the engineering stream, students take physics, chemistry, mathematics, and two electives.
Summer Global Prep: This 2 week program is designed for students who want to get a flavor of India by immersing themselves directly into the local culture. This program offers you the opportunity explore India in a new way; explore what it means to go to school in local communities and how India has become a global leader in education. Additional activities will be offered for insight into various aspects of Indian culture, which include a study in local arts, sports, cuisine and more. India is still a rather hierarchical society based on respect, and teachers and leaders continue to occupy a very high and dignified place in society. This is reflected in the value that Indians place on education, and the amount of time that students spend on academics. The language classes will be complemented by time in the community either independently, with fellow AFSers, or with your host family. Through immersing yourself in Indian culture and daily life, you will be able to contextualize your language lessons and increase their impact further.