Program Details

Learning Outcomes: Draw comparisons between their own culture and that of India Analyze the trends of social movements in South India Examine the effects of sustainability on development and globalization
Bangalore, India
Program Type:
Study Abroad
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Program Description:

Students register for 2 courses simultaneously (each worth 4 credits) for a total of 8 credits. Courses fulfill requirements in the Sociology, International Studies, and Environmental Studies majors, the Anthropology minor, and may apply to some General Education requirements as well. Course credit towards other majors is possible with permission. As a student you will "live your courses;" all of these courses include a wide range of experiential learning opportunities such as frequent trips to temples, markets, urban and rural development projects, and cultural sites. Students will also view and respond to a series of Indian films. The program will begin with approximately one-week at Ramapo College of New Jersey, before traveling to India for 6 weeks, followed by one additional week at Ramapo College.

Setting Description:
This program is based at the Fireflies Intercultural Centre, thirty kilometers from Bangalore, in a beautiful grove of fruit trees and flowers on a hill that slopes down to a lake. Fireflies is concerned with promoting Earth spirituality, the resolution of ethnic violence, and the deepening of democracy and civil society in India. Fireflies hosts international events and seminars on social transformation. Pipal Tree, an organization located at Fireflies, conducts local workshops for the cultural revitilization of religion, myth, folk traditions, dance, arts and crafts, as well as conflict resolution, environmental resources and spirituality. Students will also travel widely in South India as part of their coursework.
Approximately $7,800 (NJ Residents) / $10,000 (Non-NJ Residents) Includes: Round-trip airfare from NYC to Bangalore, India; Accommodations; Most meals; Tuition & fees for 8 credits; Preparatory costs & Academic materials (i.e. books); All excursions and entrance fees; Comprehensive international health insurance (GeoBlue); Indian visa fee Does not include: Some meals; Immunization fees; U.S. airport transfer; Personal expenses; supplemental dietary needs; flight change fee

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2.5 GPA

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