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Agra, Jaipur & Delhi

July 10 - 30, 2014 (3 weeks)

Total Program Fee: $4,700

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Program Location:

India is one of the world’s most diverse countries, home to hundreds of various ethnic groups, spoken languages, and religious traditions. The TnCIS India program will take place in the “Golden Triangle” region of north-central India: the cities of New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Students will begin the program with three days in India’s capital, New Delhi. The next two days will be spent in Agra, one of India’s cultural and tourist centers. The remaining two weeks will be spent in Jaipur, the most important city in the desert state of Rajasthan, India. Each of these cities comprises numerous characteristics of one of the most impactful countries in the history of mankind. The recorded history of India dates back 5,000 years. The country has been home to some of the world’s most significant religious, economic, and intellectual advancements. India is the birthplace of Hinduism and Buddhism. It is home to one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders, the Taj Mahal, and it was home to “Mahatma” Gandhi, one of the most recognizable and profoundly effectual figures of modern history. India is the world’s largest democracy and one of the world’s most populated countries. New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur are centers of India’s amazing diversity, illustrating striking examples of its political, social, intellectual, and religious advancements. Students will therefore be able to discover the mélange of India by experiencing its hospitality, visiting historically crucial sites, and becoming immersed in vast local activity.  

Program Description:

Students in TnCIS India 2014 will have an opportunity to take one of the following courses: World Civilization, World Religions, Environmental Science, or Independent Scientific Investigation. History students will use India as a case study for major course themes, such as the rise and fall of the Moghul dynasty, European imperialism, and the path to independence. World Religion students will study the origins and development of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam in India and their global impact. Students in Environmental Science will study the modern environmental issues of Indian culture as they connect to politics, economics, and religion. The Independent Scientific Investigation course will give biology students an opportunity to observe and study .... as a basis for developing grant proposals. The sights, sounds, and smells of India will provide an eye-opening experience for all participating students.

SERVICE LEARNING: All students will be required to participate in a faculty directed, service-learning project during the India program. Each student will earn 25% of their course grade through service-learning projects, most likely with local non-profit schools. Such projects have in the past included educational activities utilizing the English language, geography exercises, cultural awareness, and community service. Your professor will instruct you as to which projects each class will undertake.

Please Note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk at least a mile or two each day, potentially over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain even in cities. Students participating in the India program will also need to plan for temperatures 90-100°F during July. Culture shock, positive and negative, may be an issue. Students need to be aware of the physical and mental challenges associated with studying abroad.

Excursions may include:
  In New Delhi: the Gandhi Smriti, a museum dedicated to Gandhi, as it is the location where Gandhi spent the final 144 days of his life and where he was assassinated; the Raj Ghat, a special memorial to Gandhi; the India Gate, a World War I memorial; the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque; the Lotus Temple, an architectural wonder and center of local worship; the tomb of Humayun, a famous Indian ruler; the “TERI” Environmental Institute; a bus tour of the economic and political center of New Delhi; and a bicycle rickshaw tour of historic Old Delhi. In Agra, students will visit the majestic Taj Mahal as well as the Agra Fort, an amazing fortress-palace complex established during the dynastic reign of one of India’s most famous ruling families, the Moghuls. Some excursions in Jaipur may include: the “Pink City,” which contains some of Jaipur’s magnificent architecture, its stunning bazaar, and its vibrant religious and social life; an elephant ride to the Amber Fort, a gorgeous sandstone and marble fort, formerly home to local Indian princes; the Nahargarh Hill Fort, which offers a panoramic view of Jaipur; a Hindu and a Buddhist temple; a local college with a focus on environmental studies; renown carpet, block printing, metalwork, and jewelry industries; and the service-learning visits to non-profit, vocational schools for street children.

Classes: Classes will be held approximately for one to three hours per day, four days per week, at onsite lodging facilities. 

Accommodations: All housing will be in a tourist class hotel. All rooms will be equipped with air-conditioning and wifi accessiblity. Two meals a day will be included in the cost of the program: breakfast and either lunch or dinner.


All TnCIS programs are academic in nature and course work that takes advantage of the program location will be the central focus. Programs offered by TnCIS through any member institution  are in keeping with SACSCOC policies for each respective institution where compliance is monitored at the institutional level.  TnCIS program courses are for credit only. In India, students will enroll in ONE of the following courses:

BIOLOGY:  Environmental Science w/Lab – 4 Credit Hours (No Prerequisites / BIOL 1050 Recommended)
Today we hear two names prominently in all the media coverage with respect to booming economies namely India and China. But we are also aware that with the industrialization and urbanization in India, the population is also growing exponentially. This has placed significant pressure on the limited resources, which has led to severe water, air, noise, and land pollution in India. This course exposes students to and creates an awareness of significant environmental issues impacting India while adding a flavor of global perspective. The course will also focus on the effect of culture on these environmental issues through the service learning component. Field visits may be arranged to various local institutes and organizations.  These field visits will help the overall understanding of how environmental issues are handled in India. See course syllabus

BIOLOGY: Independent Scientific Investigation - 3 Credit Hours (Prerequisite: BIOL 2120; BIOL 1010 & 1020; CHEM 1010 & 1020; or consent of instructor)
Undergraduate research, scholarship, or creative work gives you an opportunity to investigate scientific concepts in many academic fields. It enables you to learn skills in problem solving, communication, and teamwork while helping you to clarify academic and professional goals. Graduate schools and future employers look for students who have taken their education to the next level through undergraduate research opportunities because such experiences provide you with these and many more benefits. This course will primarily focus on development of a comprehensive basic research project including collection of background information, identification of funding agencies, experimental research design, and culminate with writing an all-inclusive grant proposal.   The India research project will focus on studying cardiovascular diseases (CVD) since heart diseases have emerged as the number one killer in this country. The development of heart diseases is dependent on a number of interlinked factors including, amongst others, the individual's genetic makeup. The participating students will have the opportunity to study specific aspects of the genetics of Indian people as they relate to development of CVD, and observe some of their daily activities that have brought about one of the most drastic increases in CVD occurrence in the world. The program will also provide opportunities for visiting hospitals and research centers to enhance your understandings of the course concepts. See course syllabus

HISTORY: World Civilization II - 3 Credit Hours (No Prerequisite)
History 1120 is a survey of world history since A.D. 1500. Major themes are the rise and fall of the Moghul empire in India; the impact of western imperialism upon the traditional societies of Asia and Africa; the importance of the Industrial Revolution in securing European dominance abroad; the contradictions within western society which led to the great “world wars”; the incredibly rapid process of decolonization after World War II; and the rise of the contemporary global civilization in which we live. India will be used as a case study for the major course themes. We will examine Indian civilization before, during, and after the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century, including: the rise of the caste system; the emergence of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam as popular religions in India; India’s geographical importance as a center for trade between Indians, Arabs, Europeans, and Chinese; the creation of India as the “crown jewel” of the British empire and the impact of British rule upon Indian society; India during the “world wars”; the incredible story of Mahatma Gandhi, who led Indian resistance against British rule during the 20th century, ultimately resulting in Indian liberation; and the major developments, successes, and challenges in India since independence in 1947.  See course syllabus

PHILOSOPHY: Survey of World Religions – 3 Credit Hours (No Prerequisites)
PHIL 2010 is a comparative introduction to the origins, developments, teachings and practices of major world religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, and Christianity. The course will “use” India in the same way countless seekers have used it over the past several centuries. We will travel to India to look for religion in the place where it almost certainly began. The course will devote particular attention to the development and teachings of Indian religions. See course syllabus