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Food, Nutrition and Health: Service Learning in India
Dharwad, India; Jalandhar, India (Study Abroad Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Director:
Francis, Sarah, Reddy, Manju
ISU Course:
FSHN 496, GLOBE 496
Language of Instruction: English Online Course Catalog Available: No
Iowa State
Program Description:
India meeting children 

Program overview:

Food, Nutrition and Health: Service Learning in India, is a program to help students understand the efforts behind tackling nutrition issues in the second most populous country in the world. This program will introduce students to the agriculture that sustains and affects food security and rural livelihoods in India and programs developed to impact health and nutrition, particularly in rural areas of India.

Students will spend two weeks in the state of Karnataka in southern India, and one-week in the state of Punjab (northern India) working on bi-national teams with Indian students, shadowing professionals who provide leadership in Self Help Groups, working on community-focused problem solving with local Extension personnel, improving child and family nutrition/health and other development efforts. In support of these efforts, students will assist in developing key tools that Indian professionals will use in their efforts to assess community needs and improve nutritional status of the target population. This program will help students understand the differences in southern and northern parts of India in terms of food habits and the cultural/religious practices of the two regions. Program includes site seeing places in Delhi, Agra (Tajmahal) and Amritsar (Golden Temple).

Pre-departure class will be Monday evenings during the Spring 2014 semester.


Summer 2014 travel dates:  May 28 - June 21, 2014

Course: FSHN 496 or GLOBE 496 (1 credit for spring; 3 credits for summer). Class will meet for pre-departure orientation beginning March 3, 2014 (Monday evenings).

Group leaders: Dr. Manju Reddy (, Dr. Sarah Francis (

Trying Indian Food

Informational Meetings - Please come to one of the meetings below to find out more about this great program!
Wednesday, November 13, 12pm-1pm, 262 Lagomarcino Hall
Monday, November 18, 5pm-6pm, 135 MacKay Hall


Program fee: $4,700.00 which includes airfare, lodging, program transportation, all entrance fees, program coordination, India visa, most meals and required CISI health and emergency insurance). If you purchase your own airline ticket, you will be billed the program fee less the cost of the airline ticket.

Other Fees - 1) $10 program application fee to the Ag Study Abroad office; 2) $105 study abroad administrative fee charged by Study Abroad Center; 3) ISU tuition and fees for 3 credits during summer 2014

Out of Pocket Personal Cost - 1) passport which costs $135 if you don't already have one; 2) immunizations (varies based on where you go in the country, what you already have, and what insurance policy you have - approx. $500), 3) there are also other personal costs, such as some meals, snacks, and souvenirs, etc (approx. $350).

Program fee, ISU tuition and fees, and the $105 administrative fee will be applied directly to students' Ubill .
ISU Summer Tuition and Fees:  approximately $852 for ISU tuition and $150 in fees, plus a $105 study aboad admin fee (charged by study abroad center in 3224 MU).
There will be a CALS tuition scholarship available for Summer Tuition for CALS students, but not fees, you will still need to pay fees.  CHS students will probably also receive a tuition reimbursement from CHS.

If you are in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a first time traveler, contact Jodi Cornell at to see how you can get the cost of your passport reimbursed.

Program prerequisites: Undergraduates from any Colleges at ISU; preference will be given to students who can express a strong interest in integrated agriculture, food systems, nutrition and health, particularly in India.

Criteria for selection:
3.0 GPA or higher preferred. Willingness to work with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, keen interest in learning about and working in a developing nation, must have stamina and be willing to prepare for long, active days in the warm environment of southern India.

Due to interaction with children, background checks on students may be necessary through ISU's Youth Programs policies.  If required, students must pass a background check to be eligible for the program.

Completion of an interview may also be required.

TENTATIVE ITINERARYIndia Tentative Itinerary 2014.docx

For more information please come to 0018 Curtiss Hall or click here

 self help group



This program is currently not accepting applications.