India Summer Program: Studies in Indian Culture

Location: India: Alwar, Delhi and 2 other cities

Term: Summer

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This 4-week program (with a potential 2-week to 6-month extension) centered around New Delhi, India, immerses the participants in the diverse cultures of the amazing Indian Subcontinent. Next to a program of seminars and language trainings from Monday to Fridays, there are skills trainings and field trips as well as overnight excursions on the weekends and a possible extension of two weeks to six months to pursue your own individual project.

The program offers you the chance to take subjects that are outside your normal degree, broaden your educational experience, and accelerate your academic and professional career. A cornerstone philosophy of the program is that only by living in India and experiencing it personally, one is truly able to grasp the meaning of cultural diversity in India.

This highly interdisciplinary program will allow international participants to experience first-hand the myriad cultures that constitute the diverse country that is India. It provides participants with manifold opportunities to view India through various lenses and explore its diverse landscapes, varied foods, unparalleled architectural monuments, World Heritage Sites, and colorful festivals.

You will meet and interact with people from all walks of life, from the international businessman to the dedicated grassroots volunteer, from the atheistic scientist to the Muslim mullah, from cosmopolitan socialites to street children. You will be able to learn from all of their experiences and within no time you will find yourself successfully navigating the local cultural environment!

At a Glance:

Program Location: New Delhi and field trips/excursions to Varansi, Rishikesh and Alwar.

Program Length: Sunday 15th of July 2012 to Saturday 11th of August 2012 (4 weeks program)

Participants: Students as well as professionals with an interest in India and global studies in general

Program Schedule:
* 20 Hindustani Trainings (4 hours each, Monday to Friday 9AM to 1PM)
* 4 Delhi Tours (4 hours each, every Wednesday afternoon)
* 8 Seminars (3 hours each, every Monday and Thursday in the afternoon)
* 8 Skills Trainings (3 hours each, every Tuesday and Friday in the afternoon)
* 3 Overnight Weekend Excursions to amazing sites in India

Possible Extension of Program: A 2-week to 6-month Internship / Volunteer / Academic Project can be added after the program to solidify your newly acquired knowledge. You determine the field you want to gain experience in and we will make it possible.


Why Do a Summer Program In India?
India holds a very special place in our globalising world. It is not only home to every sixth human being on the planet, it is also the most culturally diverse country in the world. From high-tech industries in the megacities to remote jungle villages seemingly untouched by time, India encompasses both the dynamic forces of globalisation and the deep-rooted traditions of one of the world's most ancient cultures.

What Will I Gain From It?
Studying in India among people of other cultures is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The unique chance to immerse yourself in the daily routine of India's cultural environment opens totally new professional and personal perspectives. The India Summer Program provides a meaningful complement to your university curriculum or profession and can help you to further your career goals. Our program has the courses you need and the fun you are looking for when spending your summer, guaranteeing you an unforgettable stay. It is also the ideal program to study the current state of business in the rapidly changing Indian economy, to learn and use India's lingua franca Hindustani (Hindi-Urdu), and to explore contemporary Indian society.

What Exactly Will I Do?
The India Summer Program embodies much more than just academic work - you will experience multicultural social activities, make new friends, and embrace the diversity of India. The program is tightly packed with lots of excitement for every participants. It is by far the most diverse, comprehensive, and holistic program in India, combining:
* Intensive language training in Hindi / Urdu / Hindustani, one of the most widely spoken languages in the world
* An academic seminar series on India's Diversity taught by outstanding local and international faculty
* Skill training sessions
* Field trips and overnight excursions
* A choice of accommodation ranging from homestays, over shared appartments, to cozy guest houses
* And a possible 2-weeks to 6-months extension to engage in an Academic Project, an Internship, or Volunteer Work in a field of your personal interest

All components of this holistic and synergistic program are carefully contextualised within your larger learning goals so that they systematically reinforce each other. It is an especially compact, yet tremendously thorough, program to get you up-to-speed in Indian culture. You will learn the key tools for dealing with the country and its people in the shortest possible amount of time!

How Can I Extend The Program?
At the end of the four weeks, the program concludes with a grand farewell party. However, for many participants their stay in India has just begun! With the potential 2-week to 6-month extension, you can explore a topic of your own personal interest:
* Volunteer in a community or development project
* Do an internship in the area of work you are most interested in
* Do an academic research project with the support of expert local faculty

  • Accounting
  • Health Administration
  • Administrative
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Art & Fine Arts
  • Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Media
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Environmental Management
  • Meteorology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Finance
  • Food Science & Nutrition
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Human Resources
  • Humanities
  • Information Systems
  • International Relations
  • Kinesiology & Exercise Science
  • Labor & Industrial Relations
  • Liberal Arts
  • Library & Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Marine Science
  • Marketing, Advertising, & PR
  • Mathematics
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physics
  • Political Science & Politics
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration & Government
  • Religious Work
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Technology
  • Theater, Drama, & Dance
  • Theology
  • Women's Studies
  • Zoology & Wildlife Sciences
  • Animal Sciences
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Hospitality
  • Tourism
  • Au Pair
  • Culinary Arts & Cooking
  • Journalism
  • National Park
  • Resort
  • Ski Resort
  • Ranch
  • Camp Counselor & Trip Leader
  • Development
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Business
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Sports
  • Interior Design
  • Scuba
  • Real Estate
  • Sales
  • Human Rights
  • Spanish
  • Sustainable Development
  • Call Center
  • International Trade
  • Web Design
  • Agriculture
  • Aviation
  • Dentistry
  • Hindi

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • English
  • Hindi

Cost in US$:

USD 2560

Cost Include Description:

* Extensive pre-departure information package
* Airport pick up service
* All accommodations (including breakfast or breakfast and dinner depending on the type of accommodation)
* Tuition fees:
- Intensive Hindi / Urdu / Hindustani course (80 hours of intensive training in small interactive groups)
- Academic seminars (24 hours)
- Trainings (24 hours)
- All course materials
- Field trips (four 4-hour trips in Delhi) and overnight excursions (three excursions including all transportation and accommodation)
- Extracurricular activities, such as cultural events (welcome and farewell parties, music concerts, and so on)
- Administrative fees
- 24/7 coordinator support
- Issuing of certificate and academic transcript

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Agriculture
  • AIDS
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Arts
  • Biological Research
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Business
  • Childcare & Children
  • Community Centers
  • Community Development
  • Public Health
  • Computer Training
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Conservation
  • Cooking
  • Counseling
  • Culture
  • Special Needs
  • Drama
  • Driving
  • Drug & Alcohol Recovery
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • English Teaching
  • Environment
  • Festivals
  • Gender Issues
  • Geology
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Health
  • Health Care
  • Health Education
  • Historic Preservation
  • Hospital
  • Human Rights
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Legal Aide
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Medicine
  • Microfinance
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Organic Farming
  • Orphans
  • Parks
  • Pastoral Work
  • Public Policy
  • Recreation
  • Reforestation
  • Refugee Relief
  • Disaster Relief
  • Marine Conservation
  • Senior Citizens
  • Small Business Development
  • Social Work
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sports
  • Street Children
  • Teaching
  • Tourism
  • Trail Building
  • Translation
  • Tree Planting
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer Management
  • Water Projects
  • Wildlife
  • Women
  • Writing
  • Youth
  • Youth Development
  • Youth Ministry
  • Animal Welfare
  • Veterinary Science
  • Equestrian
  • Music
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Home-stays
  • Apartment/Flat
  • Guest House

Application Process Involves
  • Written Application
  • Phone/Video Interview
  • In-Person Interview when Feasible
  • Resume
  • Other
  • Online Application
Typically The Application Process Time is
Depending on service between a day and four weeks
Knowledge Must's Mission Statement

Our Mission defines Knowledge Must's fundamental purpose: advance intercultural understanding. We inspire, challenge, and educate individuals and organisations to successfully engage other cultures. We assist our clients to maximise their intercultural potential with path-breaking, innovative solutions. We contribute to balanced globalisation processes based on the belief that every human being has the potential to contribute.

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