Program Details

Students will spend approximately a third of their semester on field trips outside of Fireflies during the 15-week semester. Trips will include visits to development projects promoting women's literacy and ecological sustainability, ancient temples and pa
Location:
Bangalore, India
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

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

Students will spend approximately a third of their semester on field trips outside of Fireflies during the 15-week semester. Trips will include visits to development projects promoting women's literacy and ecological sustainability, ancient temples and palaces, and tribal villages. During the fourth course, Field Study Project, students may elect to remain at Fireflies and conduct research in the Bangalore area, or they may go to an approved study site outside of Fireflies. The Ramapo College South India Semester 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 demoncracy 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 fo 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. Evaluation will differ from course to course, ranging from a variety of final examinations, reflection papers and self-initiated research projects.
 

Setting Description:
Students live and study at Fireflies for most of their stay and will share comfortable double bedrooms, each with attached bath. The Fireflies campus has conference halls, meditation centers, walking paths, computers, wireless internet service*, a library and several dining pavilions. During field trips, accommodations will include educational institutions and hotels with roughly equivalent facilities. Leisure activities include pottery, volleyball, carom board, scrabble, swimming in an outdoor pool, and exploring sites in and around Bangalore, such as the Banerghatta tiger reserve (at student's own expense). *Internet service may be intermittent due to local realities
Cost:
Approximately $14,500 ($19,000 non-NJ residents). Program fee includes: 16 credits (tuition & fees) from Ramapo College of New Jersey Round-trip airfare from NYC to Bangalore, India Accommodations in double room Most meals All program-related excursions and entrance fees Comprehensive international health and security insurance (GeoBlue) Indian immigration entry visa 24/7 on-site support staff Academic materials (i.e. books) Preparatory & administrative costs

Additional Program Information

Requirements:
2.5 GPA
Scholarships:
Yes

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