The UVA in India spring semester program in Delhi offers an immersive experience for students interested in India, South Asian Studies, and Hindi language, with the opportunity to engage in an integrated research methods and internship/research component. The program is supported by AIIS, the American Institute of Indian Studies
, and hosted at Jamia Millia Islamia University
in South Delhi. Students who have not taken courses about India are also encouraged to experience India this way for the first time.
Delhi is the capital of the world's largest democracy and has been the seat of power for several rulers and many empires for over a millennium. The culturally diverse city bridges two different worlds: Old Delhi was once the capital of Islamic India and features narrow lanes and ancient monuments, while the imperial city of New Delhi is composed of spacious avenues and government buildings. Jamia Millia Islamia University is a public central university established in 1920 with programs across a wide variety of disciplines, including social sciences, humanities, engineering, business, and fine arts.
Students on this program will take five courses:
Students will receive direct UVA credit for all courses. Students from Jamia will also take the courses offered by UVA. UVA students may have an option to take an elective course at Jamia for transfer credit, but details are to be determined.
The students will be housed in rented, furnished apartment suites or a group house. Each student will have his or her own bedroom or be expected to share with one other student. The housing will have individual internet connections which students will be expected to purchase, though internet connections in India are often slower and less reliable than internet connections in the United States. The program will help secure inexpensive cell phone cards that are capable of making local calls within India and have data facilities. A cook will be hired to purchase groceries and prepare meals. Cost of breakfast and dinner provided by the cook is included in program fees
For more information, visit the University of Virginia in India Program Homepage.
NOTE: Citizens of certain countries, including Pakistan and China, may face much longer processing time for visa applications, so international students should be aware of this factor when applying to the program.