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.
Pune, a vibrant, bustling city of 3.5 million people that has long been considered India's intellectual center, makes an ideal base for a Contemporary India program. It is a short train ride from Mumbai.
Home to many of India's top academic institutions with a thriving student scene, Pune also has a wealth of traditional culture and performing arts resources, hosts many of the country's most forward-thinking NGOs, and has been named in Forbes' Magazine as one of the world's top three emerging global cities. Technology and international business are rapidly bringing a new, fascinating dimension to the city's already multi-faceted urban landscape. Pune stands out among Indian cities as a compelling indicator of national and global economic, social, and technological trends.
Students will study in the Contemporary India: Development, Economy & Society Program offered through the Alliance for Global Education. All students take a core class on contemporary India and enroll in a field research seminar with an internship, directed research, or documentary film project. Students take two additional electives in environmental studies, social justice, public health, film, political economy, or Hindi language.
Classes are taught by faculty from local universities and institutes. Students will be in class with other participants from the Alliance program. The program is housed on the campus of Fergusson College. The semester will include a number of field visits to places such as Mumbai and a rural village. Several day trips to sites in and around Pune are also offered.
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.
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Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available through the GEC website (Elon password required).
General Program Dates
- Fall semester – mid-August to mid-December
- Spring semester – mid-January to mid-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.
Students have the option to live in an embedded homestay, a semi-independent host family, or student hostel (female students only). Arrangements for meals vary among housing placements. Breakfasts on weekdays are provided at the Alliance program center, and lunches are generally taken in the many student-friendly eateries around Fergusson College.
Additional Eligibility Notes
Admission to this program is highly competitive. Students are encouraged to consider an alternate program as a back-up. Students may want to consider the Alliance Program in Manipal as an alternate choice.
Students must complete online the Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the 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.
View the pre-departure orientation schedule for the semester programs.
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Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources
Embassy of India in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Embassy in New Delhi
U.S. Consulate in Mumbai
Newspapers and Journals
The Times of India
Manushi: A Journal about Women and Society
Journal of South Asia Women Studies