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  • Locations: Bangalore, India; Delhi, India
  • Program Terms: Summer, Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Subjects Available: Cultural and Area Studies, Education, Geography, Global Distinction Eligible, Globalization Studies, International Relations, Internship, Public Health, Service Learning, Sociology, Sustainability, Urban Planning Additional Program Requirements: All students must be in good academic standing.
Credit Load: 3, 6, 6 to 9, 9 Exchange Program: No
Faculty-Led: No Internship Opportunity: Yes!
Volunteer Opportunity: Yes! Language of Instruction: English
SUNY code: 603, 800 Partner University: N/A
Program Advisor: Stokes, Jay
Program Description:


UAlbany partners with VEDIKE's Global Citizens for Sustainable Development (GCSD) in India on a co-curricular service-learning model, connecting theory taught in the classroom to its practical application used in the world. It will not only give international exposure to students but also engage them through hands-on experiences like building houses, children's homes, and other facilities for poor communities. The program will also introduce students to Indian society and culture by focusing on three areas - culture, peace, and development. It will focus on Global Citizenship and engage students in issues related to children's rights, education, gender, livelihood, poverty alleviation, rural and sustainable development. Students will work with at-risk children and be involved in activities such as teaching English, math and creative arts, and introducing new sports to the children. Students will also facilitate and participate in discussion forums with their peers in India.

Academic Program

VEDIKE's Global Citizens for Sustainable Development (GCSD) offers a short winter program and an extended summer program. More information about each is below.

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

India: Field Study of Development Issues (3 credits), A-E letter-graded
Suggested UAlbany equivalent: AGLO 366/AGOG 366
This covers India’s recent history and contemporary political, social and economic challenges;  the caste system;  the variety of religions;  environmental, social justice and governance initiatives;  housing, sanitation, livelihood and educational issues;  Gandhian traditions; and sustainable development.  Learning is based on travels, field observations, institutional visits, seminars, reading and written assignments in rural and urban areas of both north and south India.  Also includes some conversational Kannada (principal language of the State of Karnataka).
India: Field Study of Development Issues (3 credits)
Suggested UAlbany equivalent: AGLO 366/AGOG 366
This covers India’s recent history and contemporary political, social and economic challenges;  the caste system;  the variety of religions;  environmental, social justice and governance initiatives;  housing, sanitation, livelihood and educational issues;  Gandhian traditions; and sustainable development.  Learning is based on travels, field observations, institutional visits, seminars, reading and written assignments in rural and urban areas of both north and south India.  Also includes some conversational Kannada (principal language of the State of Karnataka).
Globalization Studies Internship (3 credits), S/U graded
Suggested UAlbany equivalent: AGLO 402
This covers participation in the “We Build” initiative to improve housing and sanitation in rural areas north of Bangalore, and also short-term participation in teaching children and learning about children’s rights in India. You will have classes and discussions with local specialists, and your overall program will be managed by Mr. John Anugraha and the staff of Global Citizens for Sustainable Development/VEDIKE.
ADDITIONAL OPTION (available in SUMMER ONLY) July 25th - August 16th 2018
You can elect to stay on for an extra 3 weeks after the We Build Course Program join the “Teach in India” Program, which provides a more extensive internship as a teacher at the Vedike Global School.  You would receive an additional 3 credits with the suggested UAlbany equivalent of AGLO 410: International Development Internship (3 credits)
As an Intern, you will be involved in preparing and teaching English, math and creative arts lessons for elementary, middle school, and high school level students at the VEDIKE Global School based in rural Bangalore. You will work alongside a professional teacher who will guide you through each class. These professional teachers will also help you prepare lesson plans, and teach you how to gradually introduce and expand understanding of English vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and syntax. Besides teaching, you will be engaged in some research work on sanitation and sustainability issues in rural India. An internship completion certificate will be awarded. 

General Education Information for UAlbany Students

Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.

Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students

Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.


All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary. 


Your Instructors

This program is assisted by Dr. Ray Bromley of UAlbany, who can serve as a resource for you. The program logistics and on site education is organized by GCSD staff. 


Upon arrival in Delhi, you will stay in comfortable double hotel rooms. While in Bangalore, you will move to a comfortable dormitory style accommodation at the Vedike Rural Campus in rural Bangalore. During field trips accommodations will include educational institutions, overnight trains, or small hotels. Organized by GCSD.


Meals and local transportation are also organized by GCSD.


Summer 2019

Estimate of Costs

India GCSD Summer 2019

Winter 2019/20

Estimate of Costs

India GCSD Winter 2019 2020

More Information

Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.


Academic Requirements

Applications are welcome from students in all majors. Applicants should be in good academic standing with at least a 2.5 GPA preferred. No knowledge of other languages is required. 


Experiential Learning

The program is based on engaged learning outside of the traditional classroom. Excursions take place throughout the program. Some examples of the locations are: 
Delhi - Capital of India, including the Taj Mahal
Agra, Fatehpur Sikri - State of Uttar Pradesh
Bangalore, Rural Bangalore, Mysore - State of Karnataka
Cochin, Alleppey - State of Kerala
And more!


Funding Opportunities

Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
Also, check out the Gilman Scholarship!
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.


In Their Own Words

"Studying abroad in India in the summer was a life changing experience for me. Seeing the Taj Mahal in person is an image I will never forget for the rest of my life. Living in Rural Bangalore and observing how people there live their daily lives without electricity, warm water, and electronics of any kind really made me appreciate the things that we take for granted every day.  Helping the children learn English while playing fun games and sports was so much fun. Participating in the We Build program and giving back to the children at the school was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  Knowing that the children at the school will soon be learning in the room that I helped build is amazing.  The We Teach internship was also an amazing experience.  I learned so many things about each student on such a personal level.  My goal after college is to teach English abroad and this internship gave me the tools and experience I need to reach my goal.  If you want to participate in a life changing experience where you give back to someone in need as well has learn a lot about yourself and how a culture unlike your own operates, then this program is it!" Jacob Geisler, Geography Major
"It was the most humbling and different experience I ever had in my life thus yet. Every second I spent in India I was learning about their culture, their history, their religion and thats why I study abroad." - Joami Arias, Business Administration Major
"When I studied abroad with GCSD, I loved India so much that I went back for a second time with the study abroad office. Study Abroad was not only the highlight of my undergraduate career, but lead to a lifelong love of India and a job with Education Abroad. It is easy to say that studying abroad was one of the most meaningful experiences to date!" - Sarah Limmer, TESOL & Communications Graduate Student
Check out the facebook page to connect with other students and learn more about the program! 


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About the City

Learn more about Delhi and Bangalore online. 

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required to participate in this program. You will need to get an Indian tourist visa for this program. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.


Application Availability

Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
  • Winter Break programs: July
  • Summer programs: December

Winter 2019/20 and Summer 2019 

Program Dates

Winter 2019/20

12/29/2019 to 1/17/2020
The tentative agenda for the winter program is available here: 
GCSD Itinerary Winter 2018-19

Summer 2019

6/19/2019 to 7/23/2019 and extended teaching program from 7/24/2019 to 8/15/2019
* Summer 2020 Dates have not been finalized. For reference, the dates for last year were 6/19/18 - 7/24/18


About the Program

VEDIKE's GCSD is a youth organization that was established in 2008 and is based in Bangalore, India.  
GSCD's MISSION is to engage and empower children, youth, men and women to sustain communities, cultures and societies while promoting improvement in their social, economic and environmental conditions through the notion of human responsibilities. 
  • GCSD is a platform for children, youth, men and women who are motivated to bring a positive change at a personal, social and ecological level in their individual environments and their respective societies, for the progress of humanity.
  • GCSD believes that every individual has the capacity to change his/her attitude and behaviour and contribute in his/her individual capacity towards creating a responsible, plural and united world.
  • Through all our activities, GCSD aims to foster moral and spiritual values, regardless of caste, colour, religion or gender, and to promote secular human values. 
  • GCSD creates a platform for youth, children, men and women to engage with creativity, innovation and compassion in order to transform the society. 

Program Orientations

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.
Upon arrival at GCSD, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.

Support Services

UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.
VEDIKE's GCSD staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2019-2020 10/01/2019
10/15/2019 12/28/2019 01/18/2020

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This program is currently not accepting applications.