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.
UVa Students visit
Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
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 at orientation
Students on this program will take five courses.
- SAST 3300: The Pleasures of Bollywood
- GSGS 3559: Interdisciplinary Research Methods
- GSGS 4559: Internship
- GSGS 4559: Global Studies Research/Topics in Global Studies
- HIND 10xx/20xx/30xx Hindi Language (optional; introductory or intermediate/advanced)
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.
2018 Spring: SAST 3300 The Pleasures of Bollywood
2018 Spring: Interdisciplinary Research Methods
2018 Spring: Global Studies Research
2018 Spring: HIND 1010 Beginner Hindi
2018 Spring: HIND 2010 Intermediate Hindi
UVA in India: Internship Examples
Read an article about the Spring 2016 program in UVA Today, and read a blog post featuring an interview with a Spring 2016 student
To be announced
The program costs and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page.
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Important Health Information
Students considering attending the UVA in India program should review the UVA International Travel Clinic website for important information and appointment deadlines.
Important Passport and Visa Information
Students will need a valid passport in order to participate in this program. Students should ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the expected return date. Additionally, US passport holders will need to obtain a visa for entry to India. The International Studies Office will provide guidance on applying for visas and collect applications in a batch. International students should meet with an ISSP advisor and their Education Abroad Advisor and verify entry requirements to India depending on their country of citizenship.
*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 committing to the program.
Students visiting Jodhpur
Geeta Patel, email@example.com, Associate Professor in MESALC and the Women, Gender & Sexuality Program, was trained as a scientist with a B.Sc. in Zoology and Botany from Delhi and a B.A. in Chemistry from Wellesley College, from which she also received a B.A. in Philosophy. Her Ph.D. from Columbia University was in interdisciplinary South Asian Studies. She is currently writing a series of articles on modernist Urdu poetry and has translated poetry and prose from several South Asian languages. She has received senior research fellowships from Fulbright, the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies and was a fellow at the UC Humanities Research Institute and at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.