UVA in India

UVA in India – Spring Semester program in Delhi

The UVA in India spring semester program in Delhi offers an immersive experience for students interested in India, Global Studies, South Asian Studies, Media Studies, Democracy and Public Space, and Hindi-Urdu language. Students who have not taken courses about India are also encouraged to experience India this way for the first time.

Program Dates: January 11 – May 21, 2019

Deadline for applications: November 1, 2018

Admission decisions are rolling, with all decisions by November 10, 2018

The program is open to second, third, and fourth years

The program is conducted at Jamia Millia Islamia (a Central University). Two classes are taught by UVA faculty, with local Jamia students also taking those courses. Students take four courses for direct UVA credit, and a fifth at Jamia for transfer credit. The course list includes:

  • Literature & Society in South Asia: Breaking the Cast(e), taught by Mehr Farooqi
  • India in Global Perspective, taught by Rich Cohen
  • An internship or research project (past students have worked on health, media, technology, children's rights, right to schooling, safety, land use)
  • Beginning, intermediate, or advanced Hindi language, which is optional but highly recommended. Urdu or Bengali language may also be available.
  •         An elective course at Jamia chosen from options to be finalized

Spring 2019 highlights include:

  • Witness the world’s largest democracy in action as India votes in 2019
  • Experience what it means to participate in the largest gathering of humans on earth at the Kumbh Mela festival, held once every 12 years in Allahabad, where the Yamuna and Ganges rivers meet
  • Engage with environmental issues, justice and inequality, human habitation
  • Attend literary-cum-cultural festivals such as the Jashn-e Rekhta
  • Excursions to the Taj Mahal and the Himalayan resort of Dharamsala

The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) will teach Hindi and assist with internship/research arrangements. AIIS has an extensive list of NGOs, organizations, independent scholars, and companies, and we place students according to their interests. Options include media and film organizations, historical associations, NGOs of various kinds, art/music/dance organizations, businesses, energy, environment, architecture and art NGOs, as well as those that do work on sexuality, health, history, public affairs, and politics.

Students live together in a house with shared common spaces. A resident advisor will stay with them, and a cook/chef provides meals. The housing is a short walk from one of the newest lines on the Delhi Metro. Delhi is an amazing historical and contemporary city as well as the capital of the country, so students will have many opportunities for research, as well as opportunities for site visits.

Students can email Program Directors Mehr Farooqi and Richard Cohen for additional information or Ryan Hathaway with Education Abroad with questions about the application process.

Find more information about the program, and start your application, at http://educationabroad.virginia.edu. Applications are due November 1.