This academic program combines traditional classroom-based learning with experience-based learning, both in and around the city of Varanasi. Together, the various components present an academic experience that will expose you to the depth and complexity o
- Benares, India
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
- Founded in 1961, this program offers an unparalleled opportunity to live and study in Varanasi, India - a city that highlights India's ethnic, religious, and linguistic diversity. Taking full advantage of the unique social landscape of Varanasi, the academics of this program provide structure to the learning experience, but also grant you the freedom to explore areas of personal interest as they relate to Indian culture and society. You will study Hindi language and enroll in an integrative core culture course that surveys the sites and resources of the Varanasi community. The program also blends in a combination of independent learning opportunities, including individual and group tutorials focused on expressed areas of interest and an independent research project.
This academic program combines traditional classroom-based learning with experience-based learning, both in and around the city of Varanasi. Together, the various components present an academic experience that will expose you to the depth and complexity of Indian culture and society. You will have the opportunity to study with an extensive network of artists, community leaders, local scholars and program staff, all of whom will share their perspectives while allowing you to broaden your own. Classes are held in classrooms in the program house, which serves as a center of operations, including cultural activities and guest lectures. The program house also has a library and computers for student use.
- Setting Description:
- The city of Varanasi, also called Banaras or Kashi and home to about 1.3 million, lies on the banks of the Ganges River, a sacred river for the Hindu population. The river is so long that there are 120 Ghats (stone steps) leading from the city to the river banks. Varanasi is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for the Hindus, and is very rich in culture and tradition. While many Hindus worship in Varanasi, the city is filled with religious diversity and is proud to identify as one of the only places where those of different belief systems live in harmony. It is one of the oldest living cities in the world, where culture and tradition continue to thrive.
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