- Bangalore, India
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer
- Program Description:
The Bengaluru program provides the extraordinary opportunity to study Indian culture, sociology, service learning, business, and humanities while also volunteering in the local community with fellow students who are interested in contributing and making a difference in their society. You will be studying in one of the most prestigious and beautiful campuses in India and will gain personal exposure to the social issues of Indian life. Bengaluru is an ideal place to learn how the technological and business revolution is transforming traditional Indian society into a fastpaced hybrid of EastWest life. Its location in Indias Silicon Valley makes it an excellent spot for networking and developing contacts with companies involved in software and business outsourcing.
USAC students are integrated into the university atmosphere and have many opportunities to experience the culture, learn about the country, and make friends. Volunteer opportunities are available, along with college sports, clubs, and association activities. All students are required to enroll in a 1-credit Service Learning course during their first semester in India. You may also take a program-organized Indian Cuisine course to gain even more knowledge of the local culture. USAC students are paired with Indian “buddies” to help orient them to the university and surrounding areas.
Program fees include tuition, orientation, field trips, entry to some museums and cultural events, and health insurance.
- Setting Description:
- Bangalore is the fifth larges city in India. It was founded in the sixteenth century by a Hoysala king and was ruled by the Maharajas of Mysore throughout much of its history. Today it is the capital of the state of Karnataka and one of India's most modern cities with malls, bargain shopping centers, cafes, nightclubs, and multi-cuisine restaurants. Its abundance of parks, lakes, and gardens, many built by the British Raj, has earned it the nickname "Garden City." It also is endowed with a pleasant sub-tropical climate (55°-80°F). March through May is the warmest season and most of the rain falls between June and September, leaving the air clean and fresh.
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Based on 1 Reviews
- Exciting and Immersive Semester11/05/18
I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying at Christ University in Bangalore, USAC's South Indian partner institution. In particular, I appreciated the freedom for adventure outside of the classroom that the program afforded me. Each 3-unit class that I took
was 3 hours long which was difficult at times but reduced the number of days during the week that I had class. Because of this, I was able to take 12 Religious Studies (my major) units in one semester, with all classes landing between Wednesday and Friday. With four-day weekends throughout the semester, I was able to embark on a number of journeys that otherwise I would not have been able to take part of. In addition, I found my professors to be open to me arriving a little bit late (as I was running to class from the bus stand) so long as all my work was done. I had about two or three assignments/tests for each class, which felt stressful at times. That being said, the small number of assignments allowed me to invest much of my time on the ground in India. Bangalore is a sprawling metropolis, with a population of 10 million at the time of my travel in Spring '17. The apartment complex that the school provided for us was located in Koramangala, which was a nice district just 10 minutes by bus from Indiranagar (the main nightlife district in Bangalore). This location was key and made weekends much easier, considering that trying to get anywhere else in Bangalore would take 30+ minutes because of traffic consisting of cars, auto rickshaws, motorbikes, pedestrians, and roaming cows. The city has a thriving EDM scene so if you like dancing, you're in the right place. There's also a rich South Indian culture in Bangalore which is fascinating as well.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend