Experience the vibrant blending of ancient and modern in New Delhi, one of the oldest cities in the world! Explore this fascinating and complex metropolis through a multifaceted program examining contemporary India in its cultural and historical context, while offering additional courses through prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University’s Kamala Nehru College. Course offerings are drawn primarily from the humanities and social sciences, with substantive opportunities for field study and service learning.
With 15 million people from various religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, India’s second largest city provides a unique and exciting cultural experience. You’ll be surrounded by fascinating ancient monuments, intriguing museums, and a lively performing-arts scene that will complement and enhance your academic experience.
Students attend classes with UC and host country students.
Language of Instruction
The two-week orientation includes some basic conversational Hindi at the appropriate level. Instruction in either Hindi or Urdu is required during the semester.
Mid-July to mid-November or early December, depending on course choices.
Available starting in 2014. Early January to early May or mid-May, depending on course choices
IES Abroad Delhi offers the following student housing options:
In IES Abroad homestays, you will have an ideal opportunity to experience Indian day-to-day life and the culture that shapes it. You will live with an Indian family in a homestay in South Delhi. You will have a single room and may share a bath. Breakfast and one other meal per day are included in the program fee.
The group homestay option is best for students who prefer to live with a group of students in a secure and friendly environment. You will live with an Indian family in a homestay in South Delhi with approximately five other IES Abroad students. In the group homestay, you will share a double room and bath. Breakfast and one other meal per day are included in the program fee.
Ideal for students who are more comfortable living independently, the rooming house is located in South Delhi and owned by a couple who rent rooms to short- and long-term visitors. You will live in a single or double room with a shared bath and access to kitchen facilities. Meals are not included in the program fee.
Local sports centers offer swimming, tracks, equipped gyms, and indoor sports like badminton. Many smaller gyms have also sprung up around Delhi. Additionally, there are a number of yoga classes held in neighborhood parks and elsewhere that students can participate in.
Students also participate in field trips to balance their urban life in Delhi with exposure to the vastness of India’s countryside and the diversity of its ethnic mix. Past trips have included visits to Agra (Taj Mahal), Jaipur, Udaipur, Mussorie, and Varanasi. Optional field trips are organized to other parts of India as well as short trips around Delhi.
UCEAP students will have the full support of the IES abroad Delhi Center. The Center helps students integrate into the culture of their host country and provides assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues. IES Abroad has built a study-conducive environment for students, including a library, student study space, and a multi-story student lounge. WiFi access and student computers are available.
UCEAP students are further supported by UC's network of EAP offices, including the Systemwide Office and the UC campus study abroad offices.
Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi
Kamala Nehru College is one of the colleges that comprise the University of Delhi (DU), a federally-funded University founded in 1922 and based on the British university model with over eighty different colleges, institutions, and post-graduate departments. DU is one of the top universities in India, known for high level instruction and research, and is one of the world’s largest universities with a student population of over 300,000.
Kamala Nehru College was founded in 1964 “based on the idea that women deserve, need, and have a right to the same level and quality of education as men. ” At first offering an arts curriculum, the College today offers a full spectrum of humanities and social sciences courses, with particular opportunities to focus on Indian culture and history. The College is located in the heart of South Delhi, about 20 minutes away from the IES Abroad Center. The campus is small, with a student body nearing 1000. Though a woman's liberal arts college, Kamala Nehru accepts male students as well. Kamala Nehru College has an active and welcoming extra-curricular life, and visiting students have found that joining societies, clubs and organized events is a great way to make Indian friends.
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is rated by Asia Week as the top general university in India, and one of the five leading Indian universities commended by the Indian educational authorities for their leadership in research. With a diverse population of 5,000 students, JNU is primarily a graduate institution, but offers courses appropriate for advanced third- and fourth-year U.S. college students. JNU has an attractive modern campus in a park setting in south Delhi. The 1,000 acre campus, in addition to university halls, is also comprised of large swaths of forest home to over 200 species of birds and various other forms of wildlife. Students taking courses at JNU will have the opportunity to participate in clubs and events at the University.
You’ll take a combination of required and elective courses, including electives at Jawaharlal Nehru University or Delhi University’s Kamala Nehru College.
Two courses are required for all students:
- Cities of Delhi, which draws from the fields of anthropology and history to introduce you to Delhi, while providing an opportunity for individualized field research in your area of interest.
- Hindi or Urdu language study.
Choose an additional two to three electives taught in English:
- Area studies courses are offered in the humanities and social sciences, most of which feature field study. Courses may include:
- Indian Socio-Economic Development
- Indian Women in Fiction and Film
- Yoga Philosophy and Practice
- Service Learning (required for those with volunteer placements)
- Indian Art History, an extremely popular course designed for UC students and conducted at the National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology (ARTHS 100)
- Internships in Entrepreneurship - through a combination of lectures, discussions, hands-on experience, and guest speakers, students learn the steps entrepreneurs take to create, sustain, and grow their own business.
Courses are available at Delhi University’s Kamala Nehru College (DU/KNC) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Most students take courses in the humanities and social sciences. Especially for JNU, students are advised to select courses in their majors, or in related fields in which they have a solid background. It is possible to take courses at both universities. Sample courses (not all available each term):
The Rise of the Modern West
History of Africa and Latin America
Theories of Consciousness
Colonialism and Nationalism in India
Literature in Indian English
South Asian Thought and Media
Histories of the Partition
Equality and Distributive Justice
Population and Family Planning in India
Students may also be able to take courses at DU/KNC or JNU beyond the humanities and social sciences. JNU, in particular, has a wide range of science departments. However, only students majoring in these disciplines are likely to have the required background for courses in these departments.
UCEAP has partnered with IES Abroad to design the UC Explores New Delhi program. See the overview of the IES Abroad Delhi
program for general information.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. During the semester you must enroll in four to five courses totaling at least 22.5 units, including Cities of Delhi (6 UC quarter units), a Hindi or Urdu language course (4.5 UC quarter units), and two to three electives.
JNU courses primarily carry 6 UC quarter units, while IES Abroad Delhi and DU/KNC courses may carry either 4.5 or 6 UC quarter units.
Term: 22.5 to 28.5 UC quarter units.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Independent study and internships for academic credit may be possible in this program. Arrangements are generally made after arrival.
New Internship Opportunity
Internships in Entrepreneurship - The internships vary depending upon the nature of the organization as well as the department in which the intern will work. Each placement will have a host supervisor responsible for overseeing student progress on-site. The individual internship programs are to be agreed upon by the intern, the IES course facilitator and the host supervisor at the beginning of the semester.
Service Learning Opportunities
Experience first-hand the social, environmental, and economic challenges facing India today. Learn about the local culture and the diversity of issues as you meet and volunteer alongside local residents. IES Abroad Delhi locates placements at organizations focusing on the following issues: animal welfare, community development, cultural heritage, economic development, education, environmental issues, health, housing, human rights, nutrition, rural development, and social, women, and child welfare.
All volunteers must enroll in the IES Service Learning course
along with signing up for a placement. This experiential seminar provides an substantive overview of current global development issues placed in the Indian context, and culminates in a significant development paper, in which students analyze and synthesize their experiences in the field.
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 *
|Fall||21||22.5 - 28.5||15 - 19||$13,850||$7,100|
|Spring||21||22.5 - 28.5||15 - 19||$13,850||$7,450|
* 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.
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 2012-13. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2012-13 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:
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.
- Predeparture expenses (visas, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at host institution
- Accident and medical insurance
- 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
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
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 predeparture 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 IES Abroad.
Visit your Campus EAP Office for more information:
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