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University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

Contemporary India Internship or Research, Fergusson College, Pune

Study Abroad Program Overview

Spend an exciting summer in the beautiful city of Pune, one of India’s many cultural capitals and an increasingly global one, as you explore contemporary India in this engaging seven-week program.
Based at Fergusson College, the program begins with an intensive and interactive group seminar.  Guest lecturers and excursions help students develop a chosen topic of interest.  After the first two weeks, you then embark on either an internship or directed research project, under close academic supervision with faculty who share your interest. Students take an ethnographic approach to involve themselves in some aspect of life in Pune, and to document rigorously their experiences and observations. 
 Students continue to meet as a group to support and learn from each other’s experiences in the weeks that follow.  In the final days of the program, all students gather for a capstone event, presenting and share their work so all learn and benefit from the experiences of their colleagues.
Students attend classes with international students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



Summer :  
mid-June to early August.









​You have the opportunity to live in a homestay with an Indian host. 
More information on housing

Extracurricular Activities

​Students visit the Astavinayaka shrine and participate in religious, national and regional holidays, cultural performances and academic events as they arise around the city. Examples of such activities include visiting the Shaniwarwada palace (seat of the Marathi empire), the Aga Khan Palace, exploring local markets and heritage neighborhoods, celebrating India's Republic Day, playing colors on Holi or seeing the procession of Ganpati Visurjan. 

On-site Support

​UCEAP students have the full support of the Alliance for Global Education Center in Pune. With extensive professional experience in study abroad in India and a well-connected local network, Alliance Center staff helps students integrate into the culture of their host country and provides assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
UCEAP students are also supported by UC's network of study abroad offices, including the Systemwide Office and the UC campus study abroad offices.
​UCEAP has partnered with the Alliance for Global Education to provide this field research program. See the 2014 Alliance Program Handbook for more specific details about courses, internships, research & independent study, units, orientation, and housing.

Course Opportunities

All students take two courses:

Contemporary India:

This intensive group seminar-lecture provides an overview of history, society, culture, and political economy, geared toward understanding contemporary India and preparing you for internship or research. You’ll spend mornings in class and afternoons developing topics under faculty and staff guidance. All students are expected to engage seriously with readings and associated activities, and to learn from each other as colleagues.  Lectures, discussions, films, and field visits involve scholars and experts in and around Pune; interactions with these professionals and academics will also open up vistas of possibility as you plan your work project.  This seminar is taught intensively for the first two weeks of the program, and then runs concurrently with your directed research or internship for the remaining six weeks.

Directed Research or Internship:

Students are matched with internship and research placements based upon academic interests articulated in your application. Internships require students to integrate thoughtfully and critically the academic, experiential, and professional within an organizational context, whereas directed research involves a formal research project carried out within an organization, in a library or out in the field.
Both internships and directed research projects are conducted under close academic supervision and require relevant outside reading, regular meetings with a faculty guide, weekly journals, and a final paper or project with accompanying presentation. Intern managers and faculty guides give students at least one discrete task they can accomplish in the time of their internship/research project. The final product of the internship/directed research will be a paper and accompanying presentation that report and reflect on the student’s experience, shared during the final three days of the program.
​UCEAP is proudly affiliated with the Alliance for Global Education for this program.  Use the following resource to learn about courses on EAP:
Alliance Global Education Contemporary India


9 quarter/6 semester UC units are required; 2 courses of 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units each. All work must be completed for a letter grade; the P/NP option is not available.
All students should work with their home campus academic departments to identify potential requirements that could be fulfilled through these units, and any criteria necessary to satisfy that requirement (particularly in developing their internship or research topic).

Research and Independent Study

Choice of an internship or directed research is the main focus of this program. Additional internships, research, or independent study are not possible.

​Fergusson College, Pune

Fergusson College, Pune 
UCEAP students will be hosted by the Alliance for Global Education. The Alliance's Pune program is based at Fergusson College, one of India's oldest and most prestigious liberal arts colleges. Founded by nationalist leaders in 1885, and alma mater to two prime ministers and scores of national leaders, Fergusson enjoys a beautiful green campus in the thriving, centrally-located Deccan Gymkhana neighborhood.  Alliance students are able to enjoy the best of campus life, while having a welcoming program base dedicated to Alliance courses and activities.

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.


Setting Up Your Internship

  • During the application process, the Alliance for Global Education will ask you to select the internship option. 
  • You will be matched with internship providers based upon academic interests articulated in your application.

Additional Information

  • Internships are conducted under close academic supervision and require relevant outside reading, regular meetings with a faculty guide, weekly journals, and a final paper or project with accompanying presentation.
  • The final product of the internship will be a paper and accompanying presentation that report and reflect on your experience, shared during the final three days of the program
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

These expenses are estimated for 2014-15. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2014-15 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program.  Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non Resident Fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:

  • Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at host institution
  • On-site orientation
  • Intensive language program
  • Room and board
  • Program excursions
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​



UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details  regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.

Study abroad scholarships for India


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Class Level:

Junior, Senior, Graduate

Language Prerequisites:



3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.

Application Information and Deadlines

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the Alliance for Global Education.

Visit your Campus EAP website for program-specific deadlines:

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