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  • Locations: Varanasi, India
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Alliance for Global Education 
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/15/2018 03/16/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/15/2018 03/16/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Ernberger, Monica
Program Director:
Ernberger, Monica
Housing Options: Homestay Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Language of Instruction: English
Sponsor:
IFSA-Butler
ISU Course:
INTED
Program Description:


Study Abroad in Varanasi
 with the Alliance:
The City, the River, the Sacred


About Varanasi

The ancient city of Varanasi, arguably the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, serves as an important holy site for Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist communities alike. Today, this dense urban center is defined by its close symbiotic relationship with the Ganges River, which can be simultaneously understood as pure and polluted. Artistic and artisanal traditions thrive in Varanasi, known for its silk-weaving and pottery, as well as generations of mastery in classical Indian music forms.

Program Highlights
  • Explore the intersections between religious practice, urban studies, and environmental issues through 15 credits of coursework.
  • Learn Hindi or Urdu—and use your language skills on a daily basis as you move about the city.
  • Study the city’s rich traditions—yoga, a traditional Indian instrument or dance form, or artisanal crafts—under a guru, or master teacher.
  • Challenge yourself by living in a city that bombards the senses with new sights, sounds, and smells, and that requires you to rethink much of what you might take for granted.
  • Travel with experienced resident staff to diverse destinations in North India including stops in Delhi, Kolkata, Darjeeling, and the Himalayan foothills.

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