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 Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Students will begin the program with two days in India’s capital, 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. 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.
Students in TnCIS India 2015 will have an opportunity to take one of the following courses: World Civilization, Environmental Science, Drawing, or Two-Dimensional Design. 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. Students in Environmental Science will study the modern environmental issues of Indian culture as they connect to politics, economics, and religion. Art students will apply the architectural, cultural, and social diversity and beauty of India to their studies. 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 through visits to and interaction with a local non-profit school and a tribal village. 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 several miles a 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 in the area of 90-100°F during July. Students in India can expect to experience a dramatically different and diverse culture, and while this can be educational, transforming, and often fun, it can also be challenging at times and it is normal to feel emotional.
Excursions may include: In 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 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 “TERI” Environmental Institute; a bus tour of the economic and political center of 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; Hindu temples; a local college with a focus on environmental studies; renown carpet, metalwork, and jewelry industries; and the service-learning visits.
Classes: Classes will be held approximately for two hours per day, five days per week, at onsite lodging facilities.
Accommodations: All housing will be in a tourist class hotel. Two meals a day will be included in the cost of the program: breakfast and either lunch or dinner.