Page 1

Study in India 2013 MANIPAL • PUNE • VARANASI

About the Alliance for Global Education

The Alliance for Global Education, LLC, a not-for-profit partnership of the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University and the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University, was formed with the vision of opening study abroad destinations in Asia to an ever-growing and more diverse U.S. undergraduate population. Both partner institutions are pioneers in the field of study abroad and have been providing academically rigorous and culturally enriching study abroad programs for over 40 years. The Alliance provides stimulating, interdisciplinary study abroad programs in China and India that maintain the high academic standards, strong student services, and careful health and safety measures of our partner institutions. Our core mission is to develop and promote innovative programs in vibrant, dynamic Asian countries that are of ever-increasing scholarly, political, and economic interest.

India in Ascendance TABLE OF CONTENTS MANIPAL Public Health and Indian Studies.......................................... 3

PUNE Contemporary India: Development, Environment, Public Health............................................. 6 Economics Concentration.................. 7 Summer Program.................................... 7

India is bursting onto the world stage, not only as a rising economic superpower, technology leader, and strategic partner, but also with its colorful culture and boom in media, film, music, and style. Already the world’s largest democracy, soon to be the world’s most populous nation, and with a 3,000 year-old civilization that is continually redefining itself, India offers rich and varied avenues of study and inquiry for intellectually ambitious, adventurous U.S. undergraduates.


Why the Alliance?

The City, the River, the Sacred......... 9

The Alliance for Global Education offers a unique approach to study in India, introducing students to the most dynamic and exciting areas of Indian society and culture through challenging coursework, practical, experiential learning, and cultural immersion. The programs in India promote comprehensive explorations into the varied and often contradictory realities that comprise India today. In doing so, the Alliance seeks to turn highly-motivated, adventurous students into sensitive and sophisticated global citizens, with a nuanced understanding of complex local, regional, and international issues.

GENERAL INFORMATION................ 11

Cover photo: Hannah Whitehurst (Whittier College) meets the gaze of a wandering sadhu along the ghats in Varanasi.

2 |

• Our programs are intellectually rigorous, with classes taught to a high standard by Indian university professors and experts in the field. Class sizes are small and students receive personal attention. • Alliance programs emphasize immersion into the local context through integrated educational and cultural experiences both in the classroom and in the field. This approach ensures the best of both worlds: a focused, high-quality academic content commensurate with U.S. institutions, and numerous rewarding intellectual and cultural exchanges with Indian students and faculty. • Housing arrangements foster integration into the host culture while at the same time maintaining some level of the autonomy and independence to which American college students are accustomed. • Scheduled activities and field study trips introduce students to people and places they would not otherwise have the opportunity to see. • Field-based experiences allow students sustained academic and experiential immersion in an area in which they have a strong interest.


Public Health and Indian Studies at Manipal University The Public Health and Indian Studies program at Manipal University offers U.S. undergraduates a comprehensive overview of public health in India today as well as a multi-disciplinary array of courses focused on Indian society, philosophy, media, foreign policy, politics, and communications. Based at one of India’s premier private universities, this dynamic program provides an integrated Indian campus experience and the unique opportunity to live and take courses with Indian peers. Through coursework, public health students (Track 1) visit local health clinics and academic centers dedicated to the study of traditional Indian medicine, while students focused on Indian Studies (Track 2) explore India’s traditional culture and rise on the world stage. All Alliance students are given a comprehensive overview of Indian society and politics through the Contemporary Indian Society core course. Field activities integrated with the core course offer students exposure

to the regional complexity of Karnataka, its thriving local religions and economies, and burgeoning IT and business sectors in Bangalore and Mysore.

About Manipal A university town, Manipal is surrounded by lush tropical backwaters away from the hustle and bustle of India’s megacities. Located in the heart of the coastal belt of Karnataka, four hours south of Goa and just north of Kerala, Manipal offers stunning views of the Arabian Sea and the nearby Western Ghats, and provides an ideal rural location from which to study India’s public health challenges and rich cultural heritage.

Manipal University The Public Health and Indian Studies program is based at Manipal University, known throughout India and around the world for its strong medical college and health science programs. With over 18,000 graduate and

A Manipal doctor supervises Hannah Ross (University of Vermont) in a health clinic as part of the World Health Organization’s Polio Eradication Day.

Program Snapshot CREDIT HOURS: 15 (Semester) ACADEMICS: Public Health (Track 1) South Asian Studies (Track 2) HOUSING: Student hostels, single or shared with Indian roommate LANGUAGE: All courses in English FIELD COMPONENT: Directed Research

Students visit the historic Virupaksha Temple in Hampi dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva. Study in Asia | 3

undergraduate students, including 3,500 students from countries across the Middle East, Europe, Australia and other parts of Asia, Manipal’s world-class faculty and facilities have set a new bar in Indian higher education.

Riva Warrilow (American University) receives an elephant’s blessing during orientation in nearby Udupi.

The Manipal campus is modern, with state-of-the-art facilities including numerous colleges and institutes, classrooms, libraries, student hostels, food courts, athletic fields and swimming pools, and a stunning indoor sports complex. Students come from all over India and the world to study at Manipal, and Alliance students are immersed in its thriving campus life, with every opportunity to participate in student activities, clubs, festivals, and sports competitions. For more information on Manipal University, please visit their website at

TRACK 1 Public Health “Maternal and Child Health was definitely my favorite course! Because it was a small group of American and Indian students, we really had input into what we talked about each day and were able to ask all the questions we wanted. Class was always informative and the readings in the textbook were really helpful. The field visits were so amazing, too! We would never be able to do anything like it back in the U.S.”

The Public Health track at Manipal capitalizes on the long-standing reputation of the university’s medical and health science programs, offering students direct-enroll course options addressing rural public health, global public health, national health policy, and Ayurveda. These courses include a fieldbased practicum alongside other Manipal students, with regular visits to the university’s rural health clinics and main hospital, during which Alliance students also conduct a directed research project.

In addition, students take one required core course, Contemporary Indian Society, a specially-designed course exclusively for Alliance students, and one elective in Indian Studies from among the university’s Study Abroad Programme (SAP) offerings.

Courses SOCI 350 Contemporary Indian Society (required; 3 credits) Choose three Public Health courses from the following options, subject to availability and minimum enrollment: (9 credits total) MPH 101 Basic


MPH 104 Environment


Occupational Health MPH 203 Surveillance

of Infectious Diseases

MPH 205 Public

Health Systems and National Health Policies MPH 220 Maternal

and Child Health

MPH 222 Epidemiology


Developing Countries GPH 225 Global

Health Problems

AYUR 300 Ayurveda

and Indian Traditions

of Healing Students also select one Indian Studies elective from Track 2 on page 5. (3 credits)

— Becca Engel, George Washington University

The University building is one of many modern buildings on Manipal’s campus, and includes offices for the university administration, student services, and the Health Sciences Library.

4 |


Housing and Meals

Indian Studies

Alliance students at Manipal are housed in air-conditioned rooms in student hostels on campus (similar to U.S. dormitories). Students may choose to live in a single room or in a double room with an Indian roommate. All rooms include attached baths.

The Indian Studies track at Manipal provides a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary look at India’s past, present, and future. The university has drawn its most talented teaching faculty from the departments of geopolitics, philosophy, European studies, and communications to teach direct-enroll and specially-designed courses spanning Indian intellectual traditions, media and film, development and environmental issues, and politics and foreign affairs.

Courses SOCI 350 Contemporary Indian Society (required; 3 credits) Choose three Indian Studies courses from the following options, subject to availability and minimum enrollment: (12 credits total)

Geopolitics SAP 603 Regional Security in South Asia Strategy and Practice of Indian Foreign Policy SAP 604

SAP 607

Contemporary Indian Politics

SAP 608

India’s World View

Humanities SAP 601 Indian Philosophy SAP 602

Indian Media

SAP 605

Cinema in India

Environment and Development Communication SAP 606

AYUR 300 Ayurveda

of Healing

and Indian Traditions

Meals are included and provided in the campus canteens. Additional multi-cuisine restaurants in the university food court and off-campus are readily available at the student’s expense.

Semester Overview The 16–17 week semester begins with an on-site orientation at a location near Manipal. Students are acclimated to their new environment through introductory sessions on Indian culture, university life and program policies, training on health and safety, and excursions into the surrounding area. After settling into their hostels, students begin coursework. The semester concludes with a final seminar in which students are prepared for their return home.

“I befriended two Indian students in my dorm who agreed to take me to the nearby Krishna Temple as part of a Contemporary Indian Society class project. I had already visited the Mandir but I thought it would be insightful to get a perspective from these two Brahmans. They explained the temple’s significance in their own words and shared stories about their religion and their great epics. I really appreciated them taking the time to show me around.” — Grantis Peranda, Providence College

Field visits are built into the core course curriculum throughout the semester and are required activities for all Alliance students. An organized weeklong excursion provides the opportunity to explore locations such as Mysore, Bangalore, Hampi, Ooty, and Kerala.

Expressive Culture In addition to a vibrant range of campus activities, Alliance students in Manipal have the opportunity to take extracurricular classes in expressive culture, such as Hindi, bharatnatyam (dance), and yoga.

Top left: Students enjoy a short lecture on the steps of a Jain temple while exploring Moodibidri.

Study in Asia | 5


Contemporary India: Development, Environment, Public Health

Rachel Gunsalus (Macalester College) finds a cozy nook to study on the Program Center porch.

Program Snapshot CREDIT HOURS: 15 (Semester) 6 (Summer) ACADEMICS: South Asian Studies HOUSING: Homestays or shared apartments LANGUAGE: All courses in English; Hindi Available FIELD COMPONENT: Internship Directed Research Documentary Film

6 |

The Contemporary India program pulls together a wide and diverse subject area through the lens of development studies, incorporating environmental issues, film, economics, social justice, and public health into a comprehensive curriculum that helps students better understand both India’s unprecedented challenges and innovative solutions.

The Contemporary India program is based at Fergusson College in Pune, one of India’s oldest and most prestigious liberal arts colleges. Founded by nationalist leaders in 1885, and alma mater to two prime ministers and scores of national leaders, Fergusson enjoys a beautiful green campus in the thriving, centrally-located Deccan Gymkhana neighborhood.

By providing a core academic base, allowing progressive specialization through electives, and culminating with an internship, directed research project, or documentary film, this program takes an interdisciplinary yet focused approach to the compelling issues facing India today, as they apply to the subcontinent and in their global context.


In addition, the program now offers a concentration in economics that provides exclusive electives to students interested in a more focused inquiry into development topics from an economic perspective.

The Pune curriculum is built around the required core course, Contemporary India, with electives providing an in-depth examination of areas considered critical to India’s future. Field-based experiences pull together students’ coursework into a focused, sustained inquiry that takes learning outside the classroom while maintaining a rigorous academic structure.

About Pune Pune, a vibrant, bustling city of 3.5 million people that has long been considered India’s academic center, offers an ideal location to study contemporary India. Only a short train ride from the booming metropolis of Mumbai and named as one of the world’s top three emerging global cities, Pune is home to many of India’s most prestigious academic institutions and has a thriving student scene. Pune hosts many of the country’s most forward-thinking NGOs and is a striking example of the “new India,” with technology and international business rapidly bringing a new, fascinating dimension to its already multi-faceted urban landscape.

Scott Strenger (University of Rochester) celebrates the conclusion of a successful semester abroad with Resident Director Uttaraa Jadhav.

Summer Program The Contemporary India Summer Program offers an intensive version of the semester program, incorporating the required core course, Contemporary India, and an internship or directed research project into a 7-week, 6-credit seminar complete with field visits, cultural activities, and homestays. Please visit the Alliance website at for more information.

General Program Courses SOCI 360 Contemporary India (required; 3 credits)

SOCI 360

INTS 380 Internship

DIRR 380

or Directed Research or DOCU 380 Documentary Film (1 required; 3 credits) DIRR 380

Choose three electives from the following options: (9 credits total) SOCJ 365

Social Justice

ENVI 380

Environmental Perspectives

HSPH 300

Public Health

ECON 390 Development


Nation, Caste, and Gender through Film CSNF 350

HIND 100/200 Beginning/Intermediate


Economics Concentration Students who choose the economics concentration participate in a curriculum specifically tailored to their interest in economic development. The required courses and supporting electives examine India’s economic rise and resulting challenges, the role of the public and private sectors, and India’s position in the greater South Asian economic context. Students focus their field-based component on a topic related to economics and attend at least one exclusive excursion.

Contemporary India (required; 3 credits) INTS 380 Internship

or Directed Research or DOCU 380 Documentary Film (1 required; 3 credits) Development Economics (required; 3 credits) ECON 390

Choose one elective from the following options: (3 credits)

Social Entrepreneurship and Interventions ECON 391

Emerging South Asian Economies ECON 392

Students also select one elective from the general program list or a second economics course listed above. (3 credits)

“Through several international relations courses I knew that India was an emerging power, had the second largest population in the world, and was incredibly split between expansive rural societies and fast-growing cities. But I had very little idea how these concepts applied to ‘life on the ground’ and how they affected different people living in India every day. Now, after four months in Pune, I have a much better understanding of the people, the culture, and the lifestyles that give India its fascinatingly diverse and complex character.” — Emily Rivard, University of Massachusetts

Field Study Component Students must fulfill a field-based requirement by choosing one of three different options: Internship, Directed Research, or Documentary Film. All projects have a specific academic focus and are conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. Students must take at least one elective relevant to their focus. Examples of past projects are available on our website.

Top left: Lauren Bell (University of Denver) sits with a group of girls during the program visit to Jawahar. Top right: The campus of Fergusson College.

Study in Asia | 7

“More than anything else, my internship experience with the Appropriate Rural Technologies Institute (ARTI) gave me a taste of what it’s like to work at an NGO in the developing world. Despite a lack of resources, oversight, and sometimes direction, you have some of the most dedicated and knowledgeable people working to surmount incredible odds – one small piece at a time.” — Brianna Besch, Macalester College

Students who choose the internship option are placed in NGOs, cultural organizations, multi-national businesses, IT companies, research institutes, and think tanks across Pune and work on issues related to social and economic development.

generally taken in the many student-friendly eateries around Fergusson College. Dinner and weekend meals are usually provided at home, though with every housing option, there will be days when students will be required to provide their own evening meals.

Directed research students are paired with a faculty member appropriate to their academic area of interest—such as performing arts, journalism, tribal, environmental or women’s issues, public health, or text-based historical research—and are expected to produce a formal research paper as their final project.

Semester Overview

The documentary film option allows students to conduct and present research through a visual rather than a written medium. Working closely with a faculty member who is a film professor and director, students are trained in the art and technique of documentary filmmaking, and are expected to produce a short film on their selected subject area.

Housing and Meals

Top right: Students spend the evening around the campfire on their field visit to Dhabhosa tribal village.

The Alliance offers two housing placements in Pune, both associated with an Indian host. Most students live with an Indian family in an embedded homestay that offers varying degrees of independence. A limited number of students may be placed with other Alliance or Indian students in a shared apartment associated with a student hostel. Students are matched according to stated preference and availability, and all students should be prepared to share a room with another Alliance student. Student housing is located at varying distances from the program center, and most students make their daily commute by auto rickshaw. Breakfast is provided on weekdays at the Alliance program center, while lunches are

8 |

The 16–17 week semester begins with an on-site orientation at a retreat location outside Pune. Students are acclimated to their new environment through introductory sessions on Indian culture and program policies, training on health and safety, and excursions into the surrounding area. After transferring to Pune, students begin their coursework and internships. The semester concludes with a final two-day seminar in which research is presented and discussed, and students are prepared for their return home. Field visits during the semester include a long-weekend urban field visit to Mumbai, as well as a tribal village visit. In addition, there are several day-outings to various points of interest in and around Pune.

Expressive Culture In addition to its rich academic life, Pune boasts a thriving performing arts community, and students may opt to take classes in expressive culture. Choices regularly include yoga, bharatnatyam (dance), vocals, and tabla (drum) or other musical instrument, but can vary depending on the availability of instructors. A demonstration of the various expressive culture possibilities is arranged at orientation, and students should commit to at least 10 classes if pursuing this option.


Varanasi: the City, the River, the Sacred The Varanasi program challenges students to examine the city, the river, and the sacred that both define Varanasi and place it in the greater context of national and global currents. An intricate mosaic of cultures and center of South Asian scholarship, Varanasi offers ample opportunities for academic study, intercultural experience, and personal reflection. The program provides a structured blend of classroom and field-based learning, including a required language course and an individualized Culture in Practice component.

About Varanasi In Hindu mythology, the city is known as Kashi, a center for Hindu enlightenment on the banks of India’s sacred river, the Ganges. While the British name of Banaras still lingers, in Hindi and Urdu today, it is Varanasi, a dense, diverse urban center in a close symbiotic relationship with a river that can be simultaneously understood as pure and polluted. Among the holiest of places for Hindus, it is also home to a vibrant Muslim population and only a few miles from Sarnath

where the Buddha preached his first sermon. Locally-produced silk saris are sought after across India for traditional weddings, while generations of musicians practice classical Indian gharana in the city of its origin. A window into the ancient, spiritual, and cultural past of India, Varanasi is an example of the ways in which the ancient and modern coexist. The Varanasi program is based near Banaras Hindu University (BHU), one of India’s top research institutions. Founded in 1916, BHU has nearly 20,000 students and 2,500 scholars from across Asia and around the world.

Curriculum The Varanasi curriculum is built around the interdisciplinary core course, Varanasi: City of Confluence, with electives that explore the intersections between religious life, urban studies, and the environment. Students study either Hindi or Urdu language and complete a Culture in Practice field-based component that integrates them into the community.

Christina Thompson (Northwestern University), Katherine Yagle (Wesleyan University), and Julia Starr (Claremont McKenna College) proudly show off their colors during the Indian festival of Holi.

Program Snapshot CREDIT HOURS: 15 (Semester) ACADEMICS: South Asian Studies HOUSING: Homestays or shared apartments LANGUAGE: All courses in English; Hindi or Urdu required FIELD COMPONENT: Culture in Practice

One of nearly 100 ghats along the Ganges River wrapping up a busy day before the evening aarti rituals.

Study in Asia | 9

Excursion to West Bengal An organized weeklong excursion provides the opportunity to explore Bengali culture and the region’s colonial past in locations such as Kolkata (Calcutta), Shantiniketan, Darjeeling, and the Himalayas.

“As you explore the maze of gullies, temples, and neighborhoods in Varanasi it very quickly becomes apparent that the city is more than just an important pilgrimage site; it’s a microcosm of India. This Hindu epicenter offers students a challenging and incredible opportunity to begin unraveling the country’s richly complex culture.” – Preston Hollis, Southwestern University


Housing and Meals

Varanasi: City of Confluence (required; 3 credits)

The Varanasi program emphasizes cultural immersion, experiential learning opportunities, and extensive interaction with local residents in the host context. All housing arrangements are associated with an Indian host, and students should be prepared to share a room with another Alliance student. Students will take most meals at the program center or in their homes, though there may be days when students will be required to eat out on their own.

SOCI 360

HIND 100/200 Beginning/Intermediate

Hindi or URDU 100/200 Beginning/ Intermediate Urdu (1 required; 3 credits) Culture in Practice (required; 3 credits) CLTR 280

Choose two electives from the following options: (6 credits total)

Women, Development, and Environment GEND 320

RELG 350

Religious Pluralism

PEAC 380 Peace

and Conflict Studies: The Indian Experience

Culture in Practice Component

Top left: Brianna Besch (Macalester College) finds a peaceful refuge in the foothills of the Himalayas. Top right: A sadhu strolls by colorful boats.

10 |

This field-based component provides the rare opportunity for students to engage in the local community and study under master teachers (gurus). Students will choose from three options – music and dance, yoga and yoga philosophy, or craft apprenticeships – and spend the semester examining the history and theories behind them as well as learning the skill or trade first-hand. Internships or directed research may be available upon request.

Semester Overview The 16–17 week semester begins with an off-site orientation in Delhi. Students are acclimated to their new environment through introductory sessions on Indian culture and program policies, training on health and safety, and excursions into the surrounding area. Upon arrival in Varanasi, students are given a more in-depth orientation to their new home and hosts before beginning their coursework. The semester concludes with a final seminar in which students present their semester’s work and are prepared for their return home.

Administration Janice Levitt, Executive Director Jonathan Ferguson, Director for India Programs

General Information

INDIA ADVISORY COMMITTEE Chris Deegan Director of Study Abroad University of Illinois at Chicago

2013 Program Dates

Transcripts and Credits

The program calendar roughly follows the U.S. academic calendar, with the spring program beginning in mid-January and concluding in early May. The fall program begins in mid-August and concludes in mid-December, and the summer program runs from mid-June to late July.

Transcripts are issued by Arcadia University based on grades submitted by faculty.

Application Deadlines Spring

October 15


March 1


April 1

Students are encouraged to apply online.

2013 Program Fees Program fees are published on the Alliance website at

What’s Included The program price includes tuition and fees, housing, some meals, pre-departure materials, student visa authorizations, orientation, organized activities, field study trips, course materials, the services of a full-time resident staff, and medical/evacuation insurance.

15–18 credits are awarded for the successful completion of the semester program at any of our three sites; 6 credits are awarded for the summer program, available only in Pune. Please see the Alliance website for detailed syllabi and faculty CVs.

Administration Students, parents, faculty, and advisors can rely on the Alliance for Global Education to provide insightful guidance and comprehensive student services throughout the program. Our U.S.-based staff and on-site Resident Directors receive full support from the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University and the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IFSA-Butler) to ensure a high-quality, transformative educational experience for our students.

Steve DePaul, J.D. Executive Director of Global Education, Dickinson College Sara E. Dumont, D.Phil. Director, AU Abroad – Abroad at AU American University Michael Dodson, Ph.D. Associate Professor of History Director of Dhar India Studies Program Indiana University Nick Iammarino, Ph.D. CHES Chair, Department of Kinesiology Rice University Laura McKeon, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Study Abroad Williams College Christian Novetzke, Ph.D. Associate Professor of South Asian Studies and Comparative Religion University of Washington – Seattle Andy Rotman, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Religion Smith College Steve Seaworth Vice President, University Relations IFSA-Butler Harleen Singh, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of South Asian Languages and Literature Brandeis University

The program price does not include airfare to India, most meals, passport and consular visa fees, independent travel, and other items not mentioned as included.

John Wells Director of Enrollment Management Arcadia University

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE Michael Coveney Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, Arcadia University

Scholarship Information The Alliance offers need-based scholarships ranging from $500-$4,500.

Nicolette DeVille Christensen, Ph.D. Vice President, The College of Global Studies, Arcadia University

Eligibility Requirements GPA: 3.0 minimum

David Gray, Ph.D. Board of Trustees, IFSA-Butler

Enrollment in an undergraduate degree program at an accredited U.S. institution.

Steve Michael, Ph.D. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Arcadia University

Permission from the home institution to study abroad.

Although most students use auto rickshaws to get around in Pune, the view from atop an elephant can be an exciting change of scenery.

Tom Roberts Board of Trustees, IFSA-Butler Mark Scheid, Ph.D. President and CEO, IFSA-Butler

Study in Asia | 11

A Partnership of the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University and the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University 1730 M Street N.W., Suite 402 Washington, DC 20036 Phone: 202-822-0032 / 888-232-8379 Email: Website: All application materials should be sent to: The Alliance for Global Education 450 S. Easton Road Glenside, PA 19038

Study in India 2013 Brochure  

The Alliance for Global Education provides culturally engaged and academically rigorous study abroad programs that explore India’s rich trad...

Study in India 2013 Brochure  

The Alliance for Global Education provides culturally engaged and academically rigorous study abroad programs that explore India’s rich trad...