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Davidson College - India
Chennai, India
Program Terms: Fall
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Class Eligibility: 02-Sophomore, 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior
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Davidson in India

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Program Overview
Established in 1981, and conducting its twentieth consecutive program in fall 2014, Davidson’s Semester-in-India program has a proven record of safety, efficiency, and consistency. The Semester-in-India features lectures and discussions in courses based at Madras Christian College in Chennai, and other institutions in South India, combined with guided travels throughout India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.

Our program has earned respect for academic integrity, high caliber of participants, extensive travel opportunities and sound execution. The success of our program has been demonstrated by the return to India by nearly half of our past participants.

Several participants have considered their semester in India to be a life-changing experience. In addition to providing a very stimulating academic experience the program provides extensive travel opportunities and affords the student the special pleasure of living with a group of students drawn from various college backgrounds in an atmosphere of trust, goodwill, and mutual care.

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.

While on the Madras Christian College (M.C.C.) campus, students will take four courses approved by Davidson College. The Director of the program will be assisted by a coordinator and a team of scholars for each course. Lectures will be delivered by Indian academics, officials, and resource persons, and each course will contain about 15-20 lectures.

The courses for the fall 2014 program are:

SOU 310:  India Past and Present
HIS 379:  Islam in South Asia*
ECO 199:  Indian Economic Development*
ENV 199:  Indian Environment and Ecology

*pending approval by EPC

Program Highlights
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 early December. Although the dates have not been finalized for the Fall 201 program, it will likely begin on August 26 and conclude by December 15.

The program will include travel to places such as:
  • Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry
  • Amritsar, Shimla, Nepal
  • Hyderabad
  • BIshop Heber College (Trichy)
  • Visthar (Bangalore)
Housing and Meals
While in Chennai, the group will stay at the International Guest House at Madras Christian College. The Guest House is a comfortable facility that has been renovated for Davidson students. The living quarters are safe and secure. This modern building, designed by a Swedish architect to western standards, is situated in the midst of a densely wooded area near the athletic fields. Wild deer grazing outside the dining room is not an uncommon sight.

The building is air-conditioned and the rooms are spacious and airy. The facility has two separate, self-contained flats upstairs. Each of these flats has two bedrooms, a large living room and a long covered verandah. Downstairs there are two double occupancy rooms; a suite where the director will stay and a spacious dining room with a kitchenette. Daily laundry service is available.

The large, well-groomed campus includes many footpaths for walking and jogging and other areas for exercise and relaxation. Many MCC faculty and most students live on campus, providing opportunities for socializing.

Healthy meals are prepared for program participants in the Guest House by a chef from a leading hotel in Chennai. Meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner, including afternoon tea. In addition, fruits, snacks, soft drinks and bottled water will be stocked in the dining room refrigerators. Initially meals will be bland, but after a week or so Indian dishes will be introduced. After two weeks there will be more Indian dishes and fewer Western ones.

Admission Requirements 
Students in good standing (Davidson or non-Davidson)
Minimum GPA: 2.75
Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Previous coursework in political science, South Asia, development, or Middle East studies recommended but not required.

Contact Information
Professor Jonathan Berkey
Phone:  704-894-2529

Visa Warning: Passports 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 International Student Advisor, Jennifer Glass, 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 his 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.

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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.

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