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Gujarat is the land of Mahatma Gandhi. It is from the banks of River Sabarmati in Ahmedabad City that Gandhi led India’s freedom struggle.
Gulbarga, India
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Winter Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

Gujarat is the land of Mahatma Gandhi. It is from the banks of River Sabarmati in Ahmedabad City that Gandhi led India’s freedom struggle. Besides it significant historical background, Gujarat is rich in its cultural heritage, diversity and landscape. It’s modern history however, is rife with violent tensions between Hindus and Muslims. In recent times, the rise of Hindu religious nationalism has polarized and ghettoized the minority communities from the state’s Hindu majority community.
This course is part of the Center for Conflict Studies South Asia Peacebuilding Program. In 2018, the Center will collaborate with the Central University of Gujarat. This course will give the participants an experience of the cultural, social and political history and environment in Gujarat. The course will start in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar cities and will travel to the Kutch district. It will include visits of various cultural and religious heritage sites. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the on-going conflict between Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat with various religious and community leaders, activists, academics and engage with state and non-state institutions.


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Credits Offered


  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution CONF 385
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution CONF 397
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution CONF 695


This program is open to undergraduate (Juniors and Seniors) and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.

Pre-Trip Meetings

Students will be expected to complete  a two-week pre-departure training (will be made available online from early December)

  • Dates: TBD
  • Time:  TBD
  • Location:  TBD


Students will be housed together in small, modest hotels in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Gandhidham in Gujarat state. Students will be housed in double rooms with private bathrooms, with each student sharing a room with a same-gender roommate. The hotel will provide breakfast. 

Program Cost (Winter 2018): $2550 Deposit of $500 due November 17, 2017 Final Payment due December 1, 2017 Included: Tuition Housing Three meals a day while in India Cultural activities Visiting speakers and instructors Transportation while in country International Emergency Insurance Not included: Round-trip airfare Personal spending

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