Study modern India's struggles and progress during your semester abroad. Arundhati Roy writes, “there’s no such thing as an Authentic India… no one religion or language or caste or region or person or story or book that can claim to be its sole representative. There are, and can only be, vision of India.” One cannot understand India from a classroom; it’s a land of color and contrasts, too vast and diverse to summarize without all five senses engaged.
Our College Study Abroad India semester splits its time between two visions of India: Varanasi, the holy Hindu city on the Ganges River, and Ladakh, a Tibetan Buddhist region high in the Himalaya. Throughout the program, we study modern India’s struggles and progress with gender, religion, caste, social justice, development, and environmental issues.
We offer comprehensive, personal home visits so that we can answer your questions in person. One of our expert staff members will present on our program options and share stories from their own formative Where There Be Dragons program. To request a home visit in less than 2 minutes, fill out this form.
- Inquire deeply into Hindu myth, philosophy and practice, Buddhist philosophy and meditation retreat, and Islam in its Indian context.
- Spend five weeks in homestays in and urban environment and participate in a short village homestay in the Himalayas.
- Explore topics of pilgrimage, sacred spaces and spirituality practices, as well as social inequalities. See curriculum for details.
- Learn to speak Hindi through intensive daily Hindi language classes and try out some Ladakhi phrases while trekking through the Himalayas.
- Pick a guru in Varanasi and study Sitar & Tabla, Indian cuisine, dance and vocals, women’s issues, comparative religion, stone carving or jewelry making.