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  • Locations: Varanasi, India
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Alliance for Global Education 
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 10/16/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
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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 Type: Direct
Program Description:
                Study Abroad in India with the IFSA       
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                   The City, the River, the Sacred
                                                                       
 

About the Program

Experience how the influx of religious pilgrims to the sacred Ganges River has given rise to unique urban and environmental issues over the centuries. Through studying Hindi or Urdu language, living with a host family, and learning an Indian art form or artisan trade, you will be fully immersed in Varanasi's daily life!

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 Benefits

 
  • 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.

Scholarships

IFSA scholarships are primarily need-based and factor in any additional cost your study abroad program might have over home school tuition. The awards are $500 for summer programs, $1,500 for semester programs and $2,500 for full year programs. These scholarships may apply to any IFSA program, with the exception of our custom programs.

Take the Next Step!

 

Contact IFSA
6201 Corporate Drive Suite 200 
Indianapolis, IN 46278
1-800-858-0229
studyabroad@ifsa-butler.org

 



PLEASE BE AWARE that most IFSA-Butler programs are "hybrid" programs, with some credits earned from IFSA-Butler University and some from the host university. IFSA issues a single Butler University transcript with all of your courses and grades, but If you take courses from both IFSA-Butler and the host school you will need transcripts from both schools in order to receive transfer credit for all of your courses.

IFSA-Butler scholarship information: http://www.ifsa-butler.org/services/scholarships.html