Study Abroad Program Overview
India awaits your summer exploration. Study abroad in Delhi to learn about this complex nation's impressive history and demographic diversity through coursework, lectures, and volunteer service activities. With majestic landmarks, divergent places of worship, and countless museums, Delhi's visual riches complement your learning and deepen your understanding of the nation's culture, heritage, and development challenges.
Summer study in New Delhi brings Indian and international students together to:
- attend courses and have discussions that explore the politics, economics, history, and sociology of this increasingly important nation
- participate in community field service with the relief organization Ritinjali in a rural setting
- undertake a case study on a topic of your choice, explore gender studies, local traditions and social practices, or support activities that empower women and children.
The first four weeks are spent on Jawaharlal Nehru University campus in Delhi, the nation's largest city and national capital. The final two weeks are spent in community service in Rajasthan, known for historic palaces, religious pilgrimages, national parks and wildlife reserves.
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Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
In addition to regular courses, students will be continually engaged in a short noncredit-bearing course on conversational Hindi at the beginner's level.
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late June to mid-August
"Studying in Delhi taught me a different way of learning, in Rajasthan I saw an appreciation for community like no other, constantly being exposed to new people in Delhi expanded my concept of fun, and an 18+ hour plane ride taught me the value of a good book. From the red stone buildings to the streets lined with aromatic frangipani trees, I will never forget my time in India nor will it be my last visit."
-- UCEAP ISS Participant Summer 2015
During the four-week academic session, you will stay on-campus in a residence hall on a twin-sharing basis. The rooms are air-conditioned and will be assigned when you arrive in New Delhi. Each room has a private bath. During the two-week fieldwork experience, you will stay in shared rooms in guest houses.
The program is affiliated with the Incredible India campaign and includes excursions to historical and cultural sites of interest, including the Taj Mahal in Agra and the Pink City of Jaipur. Workshops in both locations focus on sustainable development and culture in relation to Indian dialects, diet, dress, dwellings and dances and songs. Seminars with local experts explore current topics related to these sites over the course of the program.
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Once abroad, a host university faculty or staff member representing UCEAP will be your first point of contact for all matters. Among other things, the designated person provides support with academic matters, program logistics, and personal issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure and courses; academic culture and conduct; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
Students enroll in five courses in this summer program:
- The program begins with four-weeks of instruction on Contemporary India divided into four courses: Indian Politics, Indian Economy, Indian Sociology, and Indian History. The courses are taught by local faculty and include guest lectures by renowned experts in their field. Each course is 2 quarter/1.3 semester UC quarter units and must be taken for letter grade. Each course is assessed through a literature review and short research paper.
- The final two weeks is a fieldwork course in which students volunteer with community development initiatives and explore a topic of their choice. The majority of service placements are in rural educational settings. Students also see local government in action at this level and interact with the area's tribal communities. The fieldwork course is 4 quarter/2.7 semester UC units and is graded letter grade or pass/no pass.
The program culminates with a final presentation and research report or project. UC students are required to enroll in all courses and participate in all program activities.
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"Be ready and have fun. Even if something isn't the way you expected, that is because it may be better. India is a country with interesting complexities, take everything in its stride and don't get bogged down by the little things that stop you from having fun."
-- UCEAP ISS Participant Summer 2015
12 quarter/8 semester UC units required; 5 courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
This program includes a required community service course. Internships or independent study for additional academic credit are not possible in this program.
Jawaharlal Nehru University
The New Delhi summer program will be hosted by the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. The School of International Studies is Jawaharlal Nehru University’s oldest school and was founded in 1955, prior to the establishment of the university. It has a strong reputation both nationally and internationally and is the premier institution in the country for the study of international relations and area studies. The School is also the first institution in India to promote area studies and to develop expertise on various counties and regions of the world.
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.
* 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 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. 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 (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
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 ISS New Delhi
You could receive one of up to ten scholarship awards if you are a UCEAP student studying at the International Summer School New Delhi. Amounts awarded will be $475. You can receive this scholarship in addition to awards you receive from the UCEAP Promise Award initiative. To apply for this special ISS award, you must submit an application for the UCEAP Promise Award and you will automatically be considered based on your program choice.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
2.50 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 and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
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 host institution.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines:
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