The UVA in India spring semester program in Delhi offers an immersive experience for students interested in India, Global Studies, South Asian Studies, Media Studies, Democracy and Public Space, and Hindi-Urdu language, with the opportunity to engage in an internship/research component. The program is hosted at Jamia Millia Islamia University in South Delhi. Students who have not taken courses about India are also encouraged to experience India this way for the first time.
Spring 2020 Highlights
- Engage with environmental issues, justice and inequality, human habitation
- Take courses at an Indian University in addition to the ones offered by UVA professors
- Opportunities for pre-med students to shadow a doctor
- Internships can be tailored to suit your major
- Experiential learning model for Public Health, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies majors
- Special opportunities for Media Studies
- Explore thousands of years of history and culture
- Excursions to the Taj Mahal and the Himalayan resort of Dharamsala
- Interact with UVA alumni in Delhi. Read the letter from the president of the UVA Club of India.
- Opportunity to participate in a research internship with SEWA Bharat, a national federation of SEWA organizations of women working in the informal economy. (Students may contact Research Manager Dr. Paromita Sen for more information about this internship opportunity).
Read testimonials about life in India from past students (Student Life in India), as well as a UVA Today article and blog post interview from the first year of the program. And check out UVA in India on Facebook!
There will be an Information Session on Thursday, October 10 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in New Cabell Hall 068.
Delhi is the capital of the world's largest democracy and has been the seat of power for several rulers and many empires for over a millennium. The culturally diverse city bridges two different worlds: Old Delhi was once the capital of Islamic India and features narrow lanes and ancient monuments, while the imperial city of New Delhi is composed of spacious avenues and government buildings. Students will go on excursions to Agra, home of the world famous Taj Mahal and other monuments, and to Dharamsala, a city on the edge of the Himalayas that is home to the Dalai Lama. Jamia Millia Islamia University is a public central university in South Delhi established in 1920 with programs across a wide variety of disciplines, including social sciences, humanities, engineering, business, and fine arts.
Students on this program will take three courses for direct UVA credit. Students will take one or two courses at Jamia for transfer credit. The available course list is still to be determined.
Courses (listings are tentative)
SATR 3300 Literature and Society in South Asia: Breaking the Cast(e), taught by Mehr Farooqi
SAST 3559: India in Global Perspective Syllabus, taught by Rich Cohen
GSGS Internship - UVA in India: Internship Examples
Hindi Language (optional, introductory/intermediate/advanced; Urdu and Bengali language may also be possible)
HIND 1010 Beginner Hindi
HIND 2010 Intermediate Hindi
India: Jamia Course Options
Accommodation and Meals
Students will live together in a guest house on the Jamia campus, and a resident advisor will also live there. Each student will share a room with one other student, and there are several common spaces. Meals are available at the house and other locations on campus. Wifi internet will be available, though internet connections in India are often slower and less reliable than in the United States. The program will help secure SIM cards that are capable of making local calls within India and have data facilities. The house is located a short walk from one of the newest lines of the Delhi Metro.
Dr. Mehr Farooqi | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Richard Cohen | email@example.com
Faculty in Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures, both Prof. Farooqi and Prof. Cohen are specialists in Indian language, literature and culture, and have guided student groups in India. Prof. Farooqi is deeply interested in bilingualism and multiculturalism, and drawn to translation, literary modernism, intersections between religion and literature, history and art history. She teaches courses on Indian travel writing, South Asian women’s writing, Indian poetry, especially Urdu poetry, literature inspired by the Partition of India, and Dalit literature. Beginning his career as a South Asia specialist, as a Peace Corps Volunteer in India, Prof. Cohen, has administered South Asia programs at four universities. His research specialty is medieval Indian literature. He offers courses on classics of Indian literature, the long history of contact between India, Middle East, East Africa and Europe, and India in current global perspective.
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
Students will need a valid passport in order to participate in this program. Students should ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the expected return date. Additionally, US passport holders and most non-US passport holders will need to obtain a visa for entry to India. The International Studies Office will provide guidance on applying for visas and collect applications in a batch. International students should meet with an International Student Advisor at the International Studies Office for information about re-entering the U.S. at the conclusion of the program.
*NOTE* Citizens of certain countries, including Pakistan and China, may face much longer processing time for visa applications, so international students should be aware of this factor when committing to the program.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.