study abroad in India with IFSA

IFSA Summer in India

Program Overview

See how India’s complex tapestry of religions, languages, cuisines, and ethnicities influences every part of modern life in a country where technology leaps ahead while poverty remains a challenge.

This flexible program includes options for one or two four-week sessions, with the opportunity to layer in an eight-week internship with IFSA Summer Internships in India.

Details in a Glance

Application deadline

March 15

Minimum GPA

2.00

Credit load

3 - 6

Housing

Home Stay

Instruction language

English

Prerequisites

None

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Academics

During your IFSA Summer in India, customize your study abroad experience by taking a class during the four-week Session 1 or take a class during the four-week Session 2. You can also extend your studies by enrolling in both Session 1 and Session 2.

SESSION 1 CLASS

Contemporary India

One of the world’s oldest civilizations, India is often referred to as a ‘marvel and a paradox’. This course seeks to acquaint students to contemporary Indian society, culture, and politics. A nation that is poised to become a superpower with its scientific and technological advances also grapples with poverty and illiteracy. Add to it complexities that arise out of religious, linguistic, and ethnic diversities. This course will aid help students contextualize current issues in India as they experience it during their stay, through interactions with local people and personal observations. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

SESSION 2 CLASS

Food Culture and Indian Society

India is home to numerous regional food traditions and cuisine styles, and each of them has distinct characteristics, history, and cultural influences. Through anthropological and sociological lenses, students will consider the importance and roles of food in our personal and social lives. Even though we need food to survive, we cannot take for granted that we eat the same food for the same reasons at the same time. Situated in the fascinating culinary setting of Pune, this class examines food as part of national heritage, religious beliefs, hygiene practices, and as a sometimes-controversial product for tourist consumption. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) semester of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter

Not required.

Visa Requirement

This program requires a visa for all students.

Start your application now by clicking the Apply Now button.

TRANSCRIPT

Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.

Excursions

Program Activities:

Activities and excursions are an important piece of your IFSA experience, designed to pull you into the fabric of the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. That said, at times, circumstances beyond our control — including local government regulations and health protocols — could impact our ability to hold these events as planned.

Know that we’ll make every effort to run the activities, trips, and excursions slated for your program. You’ll see detailed examples of previous outings offered during this program below. Keep in mind that the options could look different for your program, and that we cannot guarantee these activities, trips, and excursions.

Activities vary each term based on availability, but previous events have included:

  • Saras Baug: Visit this garden which features a Lord Ganesh temple in its lake. It is cultural practice to pray to Lord Ganesh as he is the god that removes obstacles.
  • Food and Markets: Explore the octagonal shaped Mandai market with more than 500 fruit and vegetable stalls, Dorabjee’s self-serve supermarket dating back over 100 years, or the uniquely Indian very first fast-food restaurant in Pune.
  • Copper Workshop: Visit Tambat Ali, a famous community of copper artisans, and learn how they are continuing traditional techniques while embracing modern design aesthetics and sustainable business models.
  • Palkhi Pilgrimage: Each year, from every corner of Maharashtra, thousands of devotees to Lord Vishnu make the long walk to Pandharpur on the Deccan Plateau. The pilgrimage passes through Pune and the city streets come alive with exuberant devotional songs. Watching this procession is in itself a tremendous experience.
Program Excursions:

IFSA excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. Excursions vary each term based on availability.

  • Velhe Day Trip: Travel to the nearby village of Velhe to experience life in India. You will visit the Primary Health Care Center, interact with women and girls’ empowerment projects, lend a hand with agricultural initiatives at the local technical school, and learn about the traditional craft of making musical drums.
  • Sinhagad Day Trip: Enjoy a morning trek to the ruins of an ancient fortress in the Sahyadri Mountains overlooking Pune. Literally “lion fort,” this historic hilltop features a memorial to 17th-century Maratha emperors and a temple to the goddess Kali.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Home Stay

Meals

All Included

Details

During the program, you will live with an Indian host family. All homestay families undergo an extensive vetting process with special attention to health, safety, and opportunities for cultural exchange. While every student has a different relationship with their host family, students are frequently brought along to religious, cultural and community activities, and introduced widely among their friends and family. Host families may be a large extended family, an older couple with children living abroad, or a nuclear family. They will likely speak Marathi, English, and some Hindi.

Dates and Fees

Term

Term begins

Term ends

Program costs

Application deadline

Summer 2023 - Session 1

May 29, 2023

June 23, 2023

$4,575

March 15

Summer 2023 - Session 2

June 26, 2023

July 21, 2023

$4,575

March 15

Summer 2023 - Sessions 1 & 2

May 29, 2023

July 21, 2023

$7,775

March 15

Term

Summer 2023 - Session 1

Term begins

May 29, 2023

Term ends

June 23, 2023

Program costs

$4,575

Application deadline

March 15

Term

Summer 2023 - Session 2

Term begins

June 26, 2023

Term ends

July 21, 2023

Program costs

$4,575

Application deadline

March 15

Term

Summer 2023 - Sessions 1 & 2

Term begins

May 29, 2023

Term ends

July 21, 2023

Program costs

$7,775

Application deadline

March 15

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