About the Location
India is home to nearly 1.2 billion people and is the world's largest democracy. India continues to rise on the world stage and is becoming an economic superpower and a leader in technology. Hindi is the most widely-spoken of India's 14 official languages, but English is the most important language for business, government, and political communications.
Manipal is a small university town located in southwest Karnataka, five miles from the Arabian Sea. Surrounded by lush backwaters and away from the hustle and bustle of India's megacities, Manipal provides an ideal rural, tropical location for studying India's public health challenges and rich cultural heritage. Four hours south of Goa, and only a few miles from neighboring Udupi, Manipal offers stunning views of the sea and nearby Western Ghats.
Students will study Public Health and Indian Studies through the Alliance for Global Education. The program is based at Manipal University, a premier private university known throughout India and around the world for its strong medical college and health science programs. With over 18,000 graduate and undergraduate students, including 3,500 students from countries in the Middle East, Europe, Australia, and other parts of Asia, Manipal's world-class faculty bring a dynamic approach to the classroom.
The Manipal campus is modern, with state-of-the-art facilities including numerous colleges and institutes, classrooms, libraries, student hostels, food courts, athletic fields and swimming pools, and a brand new indoor sports complex. Students come from all over India and the world to study at Manipal, and Alliance students are immersed in its thriving campus life with every opportunity to participate in student activities, clubs, festivals, and sports competitions.
All students take a required course on contemporary Indian society. Students in the public health program will take three public health and/or Ayurveda courses in the Department of Public Health and/or Department of Ayurveda at Manipal University and one additional course in Indian studies. Course offerings may vary by semester. Though most public health courses will be direct-enroll with Manipal students, some might be offered exclusively for Alliance students.
In addition to the required course, students in the Indian studies program take four elective courses offered by Manipal University's Study Abroad Programme (SAP). Though these courses are designed especially for international students, some may be integrated with Manipal University students.
Alliance students will explore local health clinics and academic centers dedicated to Ayurveda and the study of traditional Indian medicine, as well as Karnataka's thriving local economies, including the tea and coffee trade, cashew, fishing and silk industries, and burgeoning IT and business sectors in Bangalore.
Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
To see course listings for the Public Health program, click here.
To see course listings for the Indian Studies program, click here.
Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available through the GEC website (Elon password required).
General Program Dates
Fall program – mid-August to early December
Spring semester – early January to early May
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
Students may apply for need-based scholarships for study in India for up to $6,000 for semester-length programs. Visit the Alliance site for more information.
Alliance programs emphasize cultural immersion, experiential learning opportunities, and extensive interaction with students and faculty in the host context. Alliance students at Manipal are housed in air-conditioned rooms in student hostels on campus. Students may either choose to be placed with an Indian roommate or to have a single room. Hostels at Manipal University impose a curfew on student residents, a common practice at colleges and universities across India. Curfews may vary depending on the hostel, but often range from 10 p.m. to midnight. Students should be aware that curfews may also change at any time without prior notice.
All meals are included and provided in the campus canteens. Additional multi-cuisine restaurants in the university food courts and off campus are readily available at the student's expense.
Students must complete online the Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the deadline and events calendar for most up to date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.
Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by the Alliance for Global Education.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.
Click here for the semester programs pre-departure orientation schedule.
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Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources
Indian Embassy in D.C.
U.S. Embassy in New Delhi
U.S. Consulate Mumbai
Newspapers and Journals
The Times of India
Manushi: A Journal about Women and Society
Journal of South Asia Women Studies