Programs by Country: India


Traditional | Hyderabad, India

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (

The program is designed for students with a desire to understand the complexities and paradoxes of the world's largest democracy. Students have the opportunity to explore India's cultural and religious diversity while experiencing the impact of modernity upon tradition. This program is also ideal for a student who would like to do a service project, participate in volunteer work or undertake an internship.

INDIA: Climate Change Science and Policy – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | , India

Faculty leader: Auroop Ganguly (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (

Term: Summer I

Website: You can find out more about this dialogue here


  • CIVE4777 Climate Hazards and Resilient Cities
  • CIVE4778 Climate Adaptation and Policy


Climate change has been described as a “clear and present danger” to humankind by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and as “the only thing that … has the power to fundamentally end the march of civilization as we know it” by former United States President Bill Clinton. The two courses will explore the science, impacts, and policy issues pertinent to climate change.

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INDIA: Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Hyderabad, India

Faculty Leader: C. Sara Minard (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (


  • ENTR4512 Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development in India
  • ENTR4514 Development Practice and Global Citizenship in India

Description: The overriding premise of this four-week Dialogue on Civilizations course in India is that the inception and implementation of a social innovation begins by understanding a social problem within a particular context, and developing a systems-based approach to imagining solutions to reduce or solve the social problem. Through a learning-by-doing approach, students delve into critical social problems in the country—gender inequality, financial exclusion, climate vulnerability, environmental degradation, water access, disease, illiteracy, human trafficking, food insecurity, etc.—and working alongside local counterparts in government, private sector and the social sector, they design, develop and test innovative solutions to improve existing systems and help local partners achieve sustainable development. This course has three parts: 1 - a personal journey of establishing communication between heart, mind and experience, between imagination and facts, 2 – a social entrepreneurial journey of researching and designing sustainable economic solutions to social problems, 3 – a global citizen journey of examining what are common human experiences in a globalized world in order to understand how, as global citizens, we can use this awareness to inform decisions in our everyday lives, overcome separation and build communities based on an appreciation of difference.

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MANIPAL: Alliance for Global Education

Traditional | Manipal, India

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (

The Global and Public Health Program at Manipal University offers students a comprehensive overview of public health in India, as well as a multi-disciplinary array of courses focused on Indian culture, politics and society. Based at one of India’s premier private universities, this program provides an integrated Indian campus experience and the unique opportunity to live and take courses with Indian peers.

As part of their coursework, students visit local health clinics to understand health promotion, infectious disease treatment and prevention, and traditional and contemporary medical practice, as well as explore India’s traditional culture and contemporary ascendance on the world stage. Field visits integrated with the core course provide exposure to the regional complexity of Karnataka and its local religions, landscapes, livelihoods, and economies.

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PUNE: Alliance for Global Education

Traditional | pune, India

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (

The Contemporary India semester program introduces U.S. undergraduates to some of the most dynamic, exciting areas of Indian society, politics, economics, and culture today. Environmental issues, development, social justice, economics and public health, in particular, are key areas in which India both faces unprecedented challenges and is on the global cutting edge of finding solutions.

VARANASI: Alliance for Global Education

Traditional | Varanasi, India

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (

The Varanasi program allows students to examine the intersections between religious life, urban studies, and the environment in contemporary India. A challenging destination for U.S. undergraduates, Varanasi is a city that has stimulated scholarship on South Asia for hundreds of years. It offers boundless, rich opportunities for research, academic study, intercultural experience, and personal reflection. The program provides a structured, balanced blend of classroom and field-based learning, including a required language course and an individualized ‘culture in practice’ component.