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  • Locations: Bangalore, India; Goa, India
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: W&M applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Goa Collage

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Bengaluru, also referred to as Bangalore, is the capital of the Indian State of Karnataka, in which over 8 million people call home. The city is known as the "Silicon Valley of India" or as the "IT capital of India" due to the large number of IT companies headquartered there. In addition to these monikers, Bengaluru is also referred to as the "Garden City of India" due to the large number of public parks in the city, including a large botanical garden. Bengaluru is also the home of the National Law School of India University.

Goa is a coastal Indian state, known for its white beaches and Portuguese influence. It's also home to the Western Ghats, one of the most biodiverse mountain ranges in the world that is home to not only hundreds of threatened species but many undiscovered ones as well. Bangalore is a major Indian city, the third-largest in the country, known as the "Silicon Valley of India" due to its high percentage of IT exports.

W&M Summer Goa & Bangaluru Faculty-Led Study Abroad Video by Jess Wakelin who participated in the 2019 Goa & Bengaluru program. 

Journey Abroad Podcast hosted by Study Abroad Student Advisory Board. In this episode of "Journeys Abroad," host William Moore '20 interviews Greer Bateman '20, who describes her experiences on William & Mary's Summer Study Abroad Program to Goa/Bengaluru, India.

Things to Do and See:
In Goa, check out the Dudhsagar waterfall. Standing at 1,017 feet tall, Dudhsagar is India's fifth highest waterfall and huge tourist attraction in Goa.

In Bengaluru, head to the packed VV Puraam or Food Street to discover various hole-in-the-wall eateries. Here you will find locals cooking classic street food dishes from all across India, ranging from handmade roti to freshly dunked bhajia (vegetable fritters). 

Program Description:

Students on the William & Mary Bengaluru and Goa summer program spend five weeks exploring India. Students begin the program in Bengaluru, staying and studying at the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), where they are hosted.  At NLSIU students attend panel discussions and excursions to local NGOs and businesses, depending upon the course offerings that year.  Students also get an opportunity to work with Master's in Public Policy students at NLSIU.   From Bengaluru, the program will head to Goa, where students will have course-related excursions to points of interest around Goa will enhance the student’s understanding of the economic and cultural background of the region.  Possible additional excursions might include an overnight visit to an organic spice plantation or a trip to Hampi, a UNESCO Wold Heritage Site.

Students will be housed in Bengaluru at the NLSIU in apartment-style dormitories, and in Goa at the International Centre of Goa, where they will also attend clcass.   On excursions students will be housed in hotels. All meals are provided on-site (included in the program fee). 

The 2019 Goa & Bengaluru program was featured in a local newspaper. Please review the article here: new story Goa.jpg.  

Course Information:
All Summer students will be enrolled in:

RELG 308: Meditation, Temples, & Festivals: Religious Expression and Globalization: Taught by Professor McLaughlin, the program director, this course considers the ramifications of globalization on 3 distinctly Indian religious modes of expression—the biomedicalization of Buddhist and Hindu meditation practices, the preservation of ancient Hindu temples, and the environmental concerns of specific Hindu religious festivals. Much of this course is taught in the field.

ARTH 220: All that Glitters is Golden Goa: the History of Goan Architecture: Taught by Professor Kondolkar of the Goa College of Architecture, this course considers Goan architecture and its reflection of/relationship to social, political, and cultural identity of Goa and its appropriation in the colonial, modern, and post-modern eras. The course intermixes lectures and class discussion with field visits to local sites. 

There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in the Spring prior to departure, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Bengaluru and Goa and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.

Courses taught by W&M faculty. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.

W&M Faculty:
Mark McLaughlin
Senior Lecturer of South Asian Religions

Arrival: TBD 2022
Departure: TBD 2022

New for Summer 2022, the GEO is announcing an earlier December 1 priority deadline for summer programs and Reves Summer Scholarships.  
Students who apply by December 1 will be given priority on eligibility for programs and scholarships.   

Please note that programs may meet their capacity at the December 1 deadline and may not be accepting new applicants, so to ensure best consideration for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply by December 1.  

Priority Deadlines 
Application Deadline:  December 1, 2021
                With a deposit due deadline:  January 28, 2022  
                And a balance due deadline:   February 18, 2022 
Regular Deadlines   
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022
                With a deposit due deadline:  March 11, 2022 (Friday prior to Spring break)
                And a balance due deadline:  April 1, 2022

Application fee information:
The application fee ($75) is due by the deadline and should be paid online at the GEO Marketplace Store. Whoever is making the payment will need student 93#, email, and phone number. The application fee is refundable in the event that you are not accepted into the program or the program is canceled by W&M. 

Program Fees: 
2021 Program fee: $6360

Students are responsible for airfare, vaccinations, and visa fees. 

To view the estimated costs for this program and important payment information, please visit here. ​

Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.

Program features:

  • All meals provided on program
  • Transportation to/from airport in Bengaluru and Goa
  • On-site orientation
  • Excursions and entrance fees for excursions
  • CISI insurance
  • Housing
  • On-site support 
  • W&M credits
  • Partnership with highly ranked prestigious host university 
  • Fulfills COLL 300
  • Reentry programming


  • Students must be an active W&M undergraduate student in good standing, not on academic or disciplinary probation during time abroad, and eligible to take classes at the W&M Williamsburg campus to study abroad. 
  •  Students currently on-campus must successfully complete 1 credit spring course. 
  • For more information about eligibility, please visit our Policies that Affect You page.

Click to view the Bengaluru-Goa Handbook 2020.pdf.
Click to view the W&M Summer Program Handbook 2021

**Please note that international students should email the GEO advisor directly about this program, as you may need additional time to apply for a student visa to India.  All non-Indian students will need a visa to attend the program and will need to provide adequate time for the application process of the visa.  It is highly recommended that US and European citizens apply no later than early April for the visa.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Approximate Decision Date (Subject To Change) Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 12/01/2021 12/20/2021 TBA TBA
NOTE: Start dates refer to date of student's arrival to program, and end dates refer to date of student's departure from program.