Program Site: The IES Delhi Center; some courses may be taken at Delhi University's Kamala Nehru College and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 GPA.
Description: India's capital is a monumental city of layered histories and cultures and at the same time a bustling, forward-moving, modern metropolis. Students of all majors and minors are welcome to participate in this program and learn about a fascinating country and region that are important politically and economically as well as culturally.
Academics: Students take intensive Hindi (at their level of proficiency) during the two-week orientation period. At the IES Delhi Center USC students take one semester-long Hindi language course and several area studies courses. They are also strongly encouraged to take one or more courses (in English) alongside Indian students at Kamala Nehru College or JNU, both of which are highly-esteemed educational institutions. Kamala Nehru College is one of the many undergraduate colleges of Delhi University. JNU is a graduate-level institution where third- and fourth-year undergraduates with strong preparation in their major field may take graduate-level courses. Students at Kamala Nehru College and JNU will be limited to certain courses or departments, primarily area studies courses in the humanities and social sciences.
Sample IES Delhi Center courses:
-Cities of Delhi (includes multiple visits to important sites in Delhi)
-Geographies of Faith (includes visits to religious sites and communities)
-India Since Independence
-Indian Microeconomic Development (includes visits to rural communities)
-Service-Learning (seminar along with a volunteer placement with a non-governmental organization)
-Philosophy of Yoga
Kamala Nehru College fields of study:
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) fields of study:
Course Load and Credit: USC students are required to take the semester Hindi course. The maximum number of USC units granted per semester is 16. Students must take a minimum of 15 units. A typical courseload would be Hindi language (4 units), two IES courses (3 units each), and two 3-unit courses at Kamala Nehru College or JNU.
Activities and Other Program Features: Each semester the IES Delhi staff arranges several field trips to nearby locations such as Agra, Mussoorie, and Jaipur as well as a longer trip further afield. Students will spend one weekend in a rural community far removed from any tourist routes. Students are encouraged to get involved in community service, and the IES staff helps students find placements in local service agencies. IES Delhi routinely offers cultural events and guest lectures for students or for individual courses. In the past, students have attended concerts, celebrated local holidays such as Holi and Diwali, participated in regional cooking classes, and learned yoga.
Accommodation: Students live in a homestay with an Indian family. Students who do not a want to be the only American student in the household may choose to live in a group homestay. In that case, several IES students will live with the same Indian host family. Students who are very mature and independent may choose to live in a rooming house arranged by IES Delhi.
Dates: Fall, Spring, or Year. The fall term runs from late July to the first week of December. The spring term runs from the first week of January to late May.
Estimated Semester Cost:
Cost Updated: 1/7/15
Text Updated: 4/21/14
*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.