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*Davidson College - India
Bangalore, India (Outgoing )
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|Class Eligibility:||02-Sophomore, 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior||Disciplines of Courses Available:||Anthropology, Biology, Economics, Environmental Studies, History, Psychology, South Asian Studies|
Established in 1981, Davidson’s Semester-in-India program has provided deeply enriching experiences that have been a highlight of their undergraduate experience for many alumni. The program features lectures, discussions and experiential learning based at institutions in Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Delhi combined with guided excursions to several regions within India that broaden the dimension of the course topics and contribute to a greater overall understanding of India. The resident director for fall 2019 will be professor David Martin from the Economics Department.
Students enroll in four courses, delving more deeply into the topics through special projects developed in conjunction with our academic partners at the Visthar Institute in Bangalore and Hyderabad Urban Labs. Visthar is a small educational institution known as a "hub of socio-cultural and environmental consciousness." Three of the four courses are taken here, and there will be several instructors, guest lecturers, and local excursions to visit individuals who are directly affected by issues students are learning about. The "Urban India" course is taken during the month spent in Hyderabad. Students will be able to interact with Indian university students during this segment of the program.
Each semester, participants form close bonds within their learning community as they draw from diverse perspectives and live within an atmosphere of trust, goodwill, and mutual care. Excursions enable participants to gain a broader view of India’s many cultures. Excursions for each program are tailored to meet the Resident Director’s unique academic focus.
The Davidson College program is an undergraduate program that strives to provide a comprehensive as well as safe exposure to the Indian sub-continent through a well-defined academic program.
Students enroll in four courses (four Davidson credits), coordinated by faculty at The Visthar Institute, Hyderabad Urban Labs, and through consultation with the Resident Director. Courses include lectures, demonstrations, tours and discussions by academics, journalists, practitioners, and other experts.
The Fall 2019 courses include:
SOU 310: India Past and Present
Based at Visthar, this is a general course on the cultures, arts, religions, and history of India from ancient times through the independence movement and to the present. Students will learn about social, political, and cultural changes over time.
ENV 240: Environment and Ecology of India
This course will be devoted to a variety of topics concerning the Indian environment and ecological sustainability, while situated at the eco-sanctuary campus of Visthar.
SOU 375: Urban India
This course will involve lectures, projects, and tours about the making of urban India in the past century. Students will conduct research on a preferred topic through our partner organization, Hyderabad Urban Labs.
ECO 180x or ECO 280x: Economics Applied to India (taught by Dr. Martin)
Course description will be available soon.
The program will begin in Davidson in late August with several days of orientation. The group, which usually includes a few selected students from other colleges/universities, will then leave for India. The program will conclude in mid-December. Please see below for tentative dates.
Past excursions have included travel to places such as:
- Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry
- Western Ghats and Andaman Islands – two biodiversity hotspots
- Delhi, Lucknow, Agra
- 8/20-8/24 Orientation at Davidson College
- 8/26-10/26 Academic program in Bangalore, through the Visthar Institute including travel locally to various sites in Karnataka and elsewhere
- 10/26-11-1 Fall Break: Independent Travel
- 11/2-11/30 Hyderabad (and weekend trips)
- 11/30-12/12 Delhi and Agra
- 12/12-12/14 Goa
- 12/15 Return to Charlotte via Delhi
The main program base is at the Visthar Institute - a serene, six-acre campus away from the hustle and bustle of Bangalore. Students will share rooms (2 per room) in comfortable “cottages” with laundry facilities. Linens are provided. All meals will be provided throughout the program, but students will also be able to serve themselves when they wish to do so.
During the month-long stay in Hyderabad, students will be living in a building of serviced apartments (also very comfortable) that are close to the university. Again, all meals are covered.
Open to all Davidson students who are in good standing in all areas. For academics, ‘good standing’ is defined in this case as having a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher (exceptions may be made in certain circumstances). Programs are open to non-Davidson applicants, space-permitting. Priority will be given to students with a demonstrated interest or previous coursework in environmental studies or South Asian studies.
Professor Sarah Waheed, Program Director
Department of History
Professor David Martin, Resident Director - Fall 2019
Department of Economics
Visa Warning: Passports often must be surrendered as part of the visa application process. Since it may take up to 90 days to receive a visa and have your passport returned to you, participating in consecutive study abroad programs in different countries, particularly between summer and fall, may be problematic or impossible.
Davidson College and consulate staffers cannot guarantee that a visa will be granted by a foreign government in any circumstance or in any time frame. International students should schedule a consultation with the International Student Adviser to discuss their visa status.
Davidson College reserves the right to cancel or modify part or all of a study abroad program should changing circumstances make it necessary to do so. In cases where the college has security concerns, the program director and the Dean Rusk Program Director will gather information and make a recommendation to the Dean of Faculty. The dean will take a decision to the president, who retains ultimate authority to decide whether or not a particular Davidson-sponsored trip should proceed.
Davidson admits qualified students without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, handicap, gender, or sexual preference.