Study Abroad Program Overview
Get ready to contribute to an organization and community in India. Come learn how Mumbai contributes to the nation and is part of the broader global markets.
Study abroad in Mumbai offers you an unique opportunity to understand India -- its complexities and heritage, modern industries and traditions, its current and potential contributions to our world -- as you serve alongside those who are working to develop India's future.
Students take a core class that introduces Hindi language, India's history, and the complexities of poverty, gender issues and economic inequality in Mumbai today. This course runs alongside an in-depth internship in which you contribute to an organization or business for several months.
Internship assignments relate to your academic and career interests, whether in education, poverty reduction, social development, energy, communications, media, urban planning or the environment. Examples of previous placements include housing and community development, health services, education, human rights, sustainable design, and arts therapy. Internships are facilitated by the Academic Internship Council (AIC)
UCEAP Program Scholarships: All UCEAP participants in the fall 2018 semester in Mumbai will receive a $2,000 scholarship. See the Cost page
Students attend classes with UC students only.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
early September to mid-December
Previous students have shared that in India they were able to see and analyze life through a different perspective. Although definitely challenging, they feel they learned and developed so much.
Live in a group residence convenient to the city center and easily accessible via public transportation. Accommodations are fully furnished and include kitchen facilities, access to laundry, and internet connection. Bedrooms are typically doubles. Breakfast and dinner are provided at the housing location. More information on housing
Cultural activities include site visits or social sector briefings with community leaders from organizations such as Reality Gives, Akanksha, Conservation Action Trust, Project Shakti, EKO, and FINO.
Recreational activities include festivals, day trips to Haji Ali or Walkeshwar Dherasar, or hiking in Borivali National Park.
The student orientation includes a city orientation, featuring a tour of Mumbai’s neighborhoods, tips on “can’t miss” culture, introduction to local markets, and guidance on navigating Mumbai transportation networks. Local support from AIC Mumbai includes full-time program management, coaching and troubleshooting, and 24-hour emergency support throughout the program.
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.
All UCEAP participants in the Mumbai program enroll in two courses:
- Core course on India - 6 quarter/4 UC semester units; letter grade only
- Internship placement with academic credit through a UC online course - 12 quarter/8 UC semester units; pass/no pass only
Both courses will be assigned upper-division credit. The subject areas will vary.
The core course examines various facets of life and work in India and introduces basic Hindi language. Course excursions within Mumbai and lectures by local experts augment classroom instruction, illustrate social, economic and cultural situations and provide opportunities to observe topics discussed in class. This core course is worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units of upper-division credit.
Students also undertake academic internships with local Mumbai organizations or companies on projects related to student interests. Students are enrolled in a UC internship course to document their service activities, reflection and engagement with the organization, with weekly journal entries and a paper at the end of the program. The full-time internship is worth 12 quarter/8 semester UC units of upper-division internship credit and is taken on a P/NP basis unless the home campus major department requires a letter grade for major UC credit.
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" I learned more about the real world than I would have during a regular term at UC." - UCEAP Mumbai Participant 2016
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 18 quarter/12 semester UC units required. Additional credit is not available.
Research and Independent Study
Internship is a major component of the program. Additional internships, research, or independent study are not possible.
St. Xavier's College
Founded in 1540 and since 1869 affiliated with and accredited by the University of Mumbai, St. Xavier's College is charged with the task of preparing students for degree programs in Art, Science, and Commerce. Newly autonomous and loosely affiliated with the University of Mumbai since 2010/11, St. Xavier’s was the second college ever granted Autonomous status by the UGC under the University of Mumbai.
Academic Internship Council
The Academic Internship Council (AIC) is a non-profit organization that partners with colleges and universities to build and implement customized, academically-directed internship programs. They provide short-term internships with a range of organizations, from multinational corporations to small start-ups. Placements are designed to integrate work experiences with academic courses and cultural and professional development opportunities. In Mumbai, internship opportunities tend to be focused in the NGO sector. The organization has over 30 years of experience in internship placement.
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.
Previous internships have included service in:
- Animal welfare
- Conservation and sustainability
- Disease prevention
- Entertainment (Bollywood, music)
- Environmental research and policy
- Finance, microfinance and banking
- Government, law, police
- Human rights
|Marketing and advertising
Media and journalism
Real estate finance
Please note-Current internship offerings may vary; you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
Setting Up Your Internship
- All internships are secured pre-departure in collaboration with AIC.
“India is the place to come for a development internship. The sheer size and number of people
creates an intense environment where every aspect of life is intertwined with the complexities of incredibly diverse tradition, religion and family.” --AIC returnee
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.
- All pre-departure expenses related to visas
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- On-site Orientation
- Books and other materials
- Accident and medical insurance
- Automatic transfer of classes and grades to your UC transcript
All fall program participants may receive a $2,000 scholarship in the 2018-19 academic year. No additional scholarship application is required.
Multiple scholarships can be combined to cover UCEAP costs. Visit our scholarships overview page to apply for additional UCEAP scholarships.
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 UCEAP and AIC.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: