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Contemporary India: Development, Environment, Public Health (Alliance for Global Education) (Third Party)

The Program  

India has entered the world stage as a rising economic superpower, technology leader and strategic partner.  Already the world’s largest democracy, soon to be the world’s most populous nation and with a 3,000 year old civilization that is continually redefining itself, India is an exciting place to study.  This program enables students to explore the complexity of contemporary India by engaging in both coursework and an internship or directed field research.  It is designed for students from a wide variety of majors and academic interests, with a curriculum that spans development studies and international affairs, business and economics, public health and environmental studies, anthrology,history, political science, films and media studies, women’s studies and the performing arts.

By providing a core academic base, allowing progressive specialization through electives and culminating in an internship or directed research project of the student’s own choosing, the program takes an interdisciplinary approach to India’s contemporary problems that are both local and global in scope.

The Academics

The curriculum consists of two required courses:

Contemporary India: A political, historical and social survey of post-Independence India as a complex yet unified multicultural, multi-linguistic, religiously pluralistic democracy.  This core course provides an interdisciplinary academic and theoretical framework for viewing, experiencing, and understanding India.

Internship or Directed Research: students engage in either an internship or directed research under the supervision of a faculty member.  The first component of the program involves training in field research methods and Marathi language for research purposes.  The second component involves either placement at an NGO, multi-national business, IT company, cultural organization, or think tank or directed field research in a variety of disciplines.  Students are expected to spend at least 20 hours a week at their internship or in active research.

In addition to the required coursework, students can take two of the following three credit classes: Environmental Issues, Public Health, Nation, Case and Gender Through Film, Development Economics, Social Justice, and Hindi.  The program also offers students the option of taking co-curricular, non-credit classes in yoga, Kathak dance or Bharatanatyam, and music.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.

General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ECON 3473 Economic Development ECON 390 Development Economics 3 12/31/2019
HIND 1193 Foreign Study 100 Beginning Hindi 3 6/30/2020
SOCI 3993 Foreign Study SOCJ 365 Social Justice 3 6/30/2019
SOCI 3993 Foreign Study SOCI Contemporary India 3 6/30/2019

The Experience

Recently named in Forbes magazine as one of the world’s top three emerging global cities, Pune is home to many of India’s most prestigious academic institutions and has a thriving student scene.  Pune also hosts many of the country’s most forward thinking NGOs and is a striking example of the “new India,” with technology and international business rapidly bringing a new dimension to its already multi-faceted urban landscape.

Students are offered a range of housing placements.  You can elect to room with other students on the program or with Indian students in an apartment adjoined to Indian student housing, to live semi-independently with an Indian family, or to undertake an embedded home stay within an Indian household.  Your housing placement will be made according to your stated preference and availability.

The 16-17 week semester begins with an on-site orientation at a retreat location outside Pune.  After transferring to Pune and settling into their new homes, students begin a 10 -11 week coursework period.  After completion of coursework, the final month of the program is spent in internships or directed research.  Field visits during the semester include a long weekend in Mumbai, which is short train ride from Pune.
For more information about this program and study in India, contact Professor Betty Hanson:


Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
The Details

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 10/08/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Public Health, Social Sciences, Sociology, Economics, Environmental Studies, History, Human Rights
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required:
Open to non-UConn students: Required GPA: