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  • Locations: Varanasi, India
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
AboutAcademicsDatesCostScholarships / GrantsHousingApplicationsOrientationsInformation / Links
 
 

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. Located on the Ganges River in Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi is among the holiest of places for Hindus and is also home to a vibrant Muslim population and is located only a few miles away from Sarnath where the Buddha preached his first sermon. Arguably the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, Varanasi is a dense, diverse urban center in a close symbiotic relationship with a river that can be simultaneously understood as pure and polluted. A window into the ancient, spiritual, and cultural past of India, Varanasi is an example of the ways in which the ancient and modern coexist.


Academics


CET partners with University of Wisconsin to bring this program and its benefits to students. This program offers courses in Hindi Language, core courses about India taught in English, and a Directed Field Study in which students can choose from a variety or research topics. Research topics include: examining the relationship between Hindi, Urdu, and Muslim identity, investigating cultural attitudes towards people with disabilities, or learning about Bihari migrant workers. The Directed Field Study is the centerpiece of your semester. Faculty and local experts help you refine your proposal, integrate your methods, and provide feedback throughout. Whether you’re conducting interviews at the Bharat Mata Mandir temple or observing how people from different socioeconomic classes interact in a ghat(neighborhood), you’ll learn to conduct research ethically and with professionalism. And when you complete a 20-page final paper—perfect for a grad school application or résumé—you’ll know that your hard work paid off.

Academic Notes

  • To see course listings for this semester program, visit the program website.
  • Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available on the Course Planning Registration for Study Abroad and Study USA page.
  • 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.

Visa

A visa is a stamp placed in an individual's passport that gives the individual permission to appear at the border and request entry to a country. Students on this program will have to apply for a visa. CET, the organization with whom Elon partners to offer this program, will assist students with this process however it is imperative that students complete all necessary documents in a timely fashion. Students will be required to surrender their passports for a period of up to twelve weeks, therefore students considering travel prior to the beginning of the program should consult their program manager.

General Program Dates

  • Fall program – early September to mid-December (15 weeks)
  • Spring semester – mid-January to late April (15 weeks)
  • Calendar year – early September to TBD (30 weeks)

Cost

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 (coming soon).


Scholarships/Travel Grants

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.

CET offers over $300,000 in scholarship awards each year. You can apply for a CET scholarship, or learn about other sources of funding, like Diversity Abroad or the Fund for Education Abroad. View more information on CET funding.

Students who are interested in studying Hindi or Urdu may be eligible to apply for the Boren Scholarship. For more information on the Boren Scholarship, visit the website or contact the Boren Scholarship Advisor at Elon.


Housing

The program’s home base in Varanasi is known as The Program House—it is used by UW in India staff and students alone. This is where you’ll take your classes. After class, you can study in the library, get on the wifi, or just hang out with peers in the student lounge.

Students have 3 options for housing: living in a family-run student guest house, in an apartment with a local roommate, or living with an Indian host family. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided at the Program House and students have the option of cooking, eating with their host families, or venturing into local eateries. 


Applications

Students must complete the online 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 CET Academic Programs.

Orientations

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.

Additional Information and Links

Want to know more? Join the GEC Facebook page to chat with alumni and prospective students and receive study abroad updates.

Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences.  You can be in touch with current Global Ambassadors via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Indian Embassy in D.C.
U.S. Embassy in New Delhi

Newspapers and Journals
The Times of India
The Hindu
Manushi: A Journal about Women and Society
Journal of South Asia Women Studies
India Abroad
Indian Express

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/14/2019
**
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: October 9 to 11:59 p.m., November 15. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by December 4 and GEC Access Scholarship support by January.

Rolling Period: December 4 to 11:59 p.m., February 14. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 14 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by April.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, April 9. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

Academic Year 2019-2020 02/14/2019
**
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: October 9 to 11:59 p.m., November 15. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by December 4 and GEC Access Scholarship support by January.

Rolling Period: December 4 to 11:59 p.m., February 14. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 14 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by April.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, April 9. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

Spring 2020 09/12/2019
**
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: April 2 to 11:59 p.m., May 2. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by May 21 and GEC Access Scholarship support by early summer.

Rolling Period: May 21 to 11:59 p.m., September 12. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by September 12 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by October.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, November 7. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.


** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.