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  • Locations: Bangalore, India; Delhi, India
  • Program Terms: Summer, Winter
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Subjects Available: Cultural and Area Studies, Education, Geography, Globalization Studies, International Relations, Public Health, 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
Internship Opportunity: Service Learning or other volunteer opportunities are available Language of Instruction: -English is the primary language of instruction
SUNY code: 603, 800 Partner University: N/A
Program Advisor: Stokes, Jay
Program Description:
This UAlbany program gives you the opportunity to go to India with other UAlbany students and study over the winter or summer terms.  See below for more information! 
India Taj Mahal GCSD
Program WINTER COURSE:
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).

SUMMER COURSES:
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).

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), S/U graded
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 Education credits.  You may file a request to have additional courses approved. UAlbany students: you may also contact your academic advisor for approval of additional/different UAlbany course equivalents.
 
Faculty This program is assisted by Dr. Ray Bromley of UAlbany. The program logistics and on site education is organized by GCSD staff. 
Accommodations 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.

UAlbany hosts a general orientation session on campus during the semester prior to participation on the program. 

UAlbany staff are available throughout the year to assist students and their parents.  The UAlbany faculty member accompanying students will serve as an experienced resource for solving problems for students while overseas.
Costs Please download the most recent estimate of costs here:
 IND GCSD_Summer costs 2017.pdf
IND_GCSD_Winter 17-18.pdf
Click here for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid
Selection Applications are welcome from students in all majors. Applicants should be in good academic standing with at least a 2.5 GPA preferred.
Excursions 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
Testimonials Check out the facebook page to connect with other students and learn more about the program! 
Location Primarily Bangalore, India. Also, various other excursions including a weekend to Delhi. 
Duration Planned Itinerary for WINTER 2017-18:

• Depart US: December 29th/Arrive in India on Dec. 30
• Bangalore (Karnataka): December 30th – January 5th
• Hampi (Karnataka): January 6th - 7th
• Gauribidnur (Karnataka): January 8th - 11th
• Kerala (Cochin/Alleppey): January 12th - 14th
• Delhi/Agra: January 15th-16
• Return to US: Jan 17th



SUMMER: 

June 19, 2018 - July 24, 2018

More details about the summer itinerary coming soon!
Overview UAlbany partners with 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 exposure you to international issues but also engage you through hands-on experiences like building houses, children's homes, and other facilities for poor communities. The program will also introduce you to Indian society and culture by focusing on three areas - culture, peace, and development. It will focus on Global Citizenship and issues related to children's rights, education, gender, livelihood, poverty alleviation, rural and sustainable development. You 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. You will also facilitate and participate in discussion forums with your peers in India. 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2017-2018 10/07/2017
10/15/2017 12/29/2017 01/17/2018
NOTE: Detailed itinerary is located above. Subject to change.
Summer 2018 03/01/2018 03/15/2018 06/19/2018 07/24/2018
NOTE: Dates subject to change. See the digital brochure for more detailed information.

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