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  • Locations: Jaipur, India
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: Goucher applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Semester GPA minimum: 2.5
Class Standing: 2.Sophomore, 3.Junior, 4.Senior
Program Description:
 

Location

Jaipur, India

Program Overview

This program examines the diverse factors, internal and global, that have shaped India's past, present, and future development strategies. Students gain foundational knowledge in topics of study that include: political trends and a pluralist state; caste, class, gender, and religion in India; colonial rule and Gandhi; the economy of New India and global governance; urban and rural challenges; climate change and development; alternative modes of development; as well as agents of change, including government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, corporations, community based organizations, and civil society. The program is based in Jaipur, a historical city in the state of Rajasthan.

Major topics of study include:
  • Development concepts, theories and approaches
  • India’s transition: post-1990s
  • Rural and urban development: crisis, challenges, and response
  • Moving beyond developmentality
  • Creating a roadmap for sustainability in India and radical ecological democracy (RED) 
  • Development alternative interventions and case studies

Eligibility

  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 and 102 Session

  • Have the required GPA and prerequisite courses for the program. The minimum cumulative GPA for this program is 2.5.

  • Students must have completed three semesters of college before studying abroad. Goucher cannot guarantee that any sophomore will be accepted by the host institution.

  • Declare a major in order to study abroad for a semester

  • Students cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of application
  • There is a limit of five spaces available on SIT programs per semester.   Please meet with the OIS advisor to determine eligibility.

Applications

Students must complete the advising portion of the application by September 16 after attending an Abroad 101 and Abroad 102 session. When prompted by the OIS advisor students must next complete the online Goucher study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Events and Deadlines Calendar for the most up-to-date information.

Students must be approved by Goucher OIS before applying to SIT.  Final acceptance is granted by SIT.   


General Program Dates

Fall Semester: Late August to Mid December
Spring Semester: Early February to Mid May

Do not purchase airline tickets until you receive confirmation of acceptance from the program and verification of arrival and departure details.


Academics

This interdisciplinary program is designed to provide students with an understanding of social, political, and economic change within the Indian context by exploring both the historical and contemporary dynamics of India’s colonial past and present frenetic growth. Students consider the most effective transformative tools for India in the 21st century, and examine the notion of “Indian culture” from both anthropological and contemporary Indian political perspectives.

The Field Methods and Ethics course addresses culturally appropriate, ethical field methodology, in preparation for the Independent Study Project (ISP). Study of Hindi opens windows into the culture and the theme of the program.


Credit and Grade Translations

Goucher will transfer grades and credits as reported on the SIT transcript.  Grades will be recorded on the Goucher transcript and factor into the GPA.


Academic Policies

  • Grades count toward a Goucher GPA

  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis

  • Students must take a minimum of 12 credits and maximum of 18 credits

  • All students must participate in a 1 credit Study Abroad Immersion Course while studying abroad. Details will be provided at predeparture orientation.

  • Students on Goucher programs will receive Goucher grades and credits for all approved courses taken while abroad


Language Skills and Language of Instruction

Hindi language course; all other courses offered in English


Program Costs

Budget Sheet

Since Goucher students are fully enrolled at Goucher and receive Goucher credit while abroad, they pay regular Goucher tuition for any Goucher semester abroad program. This payment is regardless of the cost advertised and is charged by the program itself. Students pay the non-academic costs (i.e. room and board) in part or in full to Goucher or directly to the study abroad organization or overseas institution depending on the program. Estimated additional costs that a student may incur in attending these programs are listed on the Budget Expense Worksheet for each program. You can utilize institutional and federal aid for a Goucher semester program.


Financial Aid/Scholarships

Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for semester programs sponsored by Goucher College; however; you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program.  In addition, all students are eligible to apply for Goucher OIS scholarships and can apply during the program application process. For information on OIS and outside scholarships please visit the OIS scholarship/financial aid section.

To apply for an OIS scholarship please submit your application by the study abroad application deadline for this program through the following application:

OIS Scholarships

 


Payment

A $500 deposit is due upon application. Study abroad program costs are billed through your Goucher student account and are due at the same time as regular semester fees.  Please refer to the Budget Expense Worksheet for details for this program.

Students must pay the SIT application fee when applying to SIT.


Cancellation

The $500 deposit paid upon application is applied to the student’s account and becomes non-refundable when accepted by Goucher College and the host program. If you are not accepted into a program, your deposit will be refunded.

If for any reason, a student withdraws from a Goucher semester after the deposit deadline, he or she will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances or other circumstances beyond the control of the college, a semester Goucher program is cancelled, either prior to departure or during the course of the program, the student will not be guaranteed a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, program fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. In most cases, the college forwards program fees to vendors in foreign countries, making it very difficult to recover such fees due to a program cancellation. In such cases, the college will make a good-faith effort to recover such fees and to return any portion of fees that it may recover that may be attributable to a student’s participation in the program. However, the college makes no guarantees regarding the recovery of fees and is not liable for any fees that it is unable to recover.


Housing

As a student in the India: Sustainable Development and Social Change program, you will live with a homestay family in Jaipur for approximately six weeks. The homestay is an enthralling experience and an integrated part of the program. Homestay families have a longstanding relationship with SIT and are always eager to welcome students into their family with joy and curiosity, semester after semester. Most of the families are from the upper middle class, with varied religious backgrounds and worldviews. Some members of the family are homemakers, while others hold professions such as teacher/professor, engineer, business owner, government official, doctor, artist, etc.

Indian family structure is in transition from multi-generational to nuclear. In addition, the number of families with both parents working outside the home is growing. Students live in families of varied sizes composed of parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, small children, and uncles and aunts. Few families have pet dogs and cats. The program has a one student, one family norm. Each student typically has a separate room with an attached bathroom that is occasionally shared by visiting relatives.

You will be matched with a family based on your background and health issues, as well as shared interests like music, arts, etc. The homestays are located in clusters within the periphery of one to ten kilometers from the program center. Two to four students are placed in each cluster, accessible to each other within short walks, allowing you to pool auto rickshaws and other modes of local transport for the daily commute to the learning center. You will usually use the same auto rickshaw for traveling around Jaipur in your free time, maximizing safety and convenience. The program has the practice of collecting vital information of the regularly and occasionally used auto rickshaw drivers, like their name, phone number, and vehicle registration number.

The homestay experience will provide you with the opportunity to share and learn customs, food, languages, and social and religious lives by taking part in daily activities at home and with members of the extended family. The experience itself provides a sense of social change and continuity in India’s family structure and traditions. During the Indian wedding seasons, you will also get to attend “Bollywood-style” north Indian weddings with dance, music, jewelry, and sarees. Past students have considered the homestay experience to be one of the most meaningful components of the program.

Other accommodation during the program includes hostels, small hotels, NGO facilities, and educational institutions.


Will I have a meal plan?

Meals are provided by host families or by SIT and are included in the program cost.


Location

Jaipur presents itself as a wealthy and regal city containing stately, tree-lined, and clean streets, contemporary architecture, palaces and forts, five-star hotels, and a thriving tourism industry. However, the largely rural and agricultural state of Rajasthan is one of the most underdeveloped regions in India, and Jaipur, the state's capital city, reflects this reality. Rural and urban youth throughout the region struggle with problems ranging from life-threatening droughts to admission to prestigious universities. Organizations supported by concerned urban citizens are seeking innovative ways to address issues of poverty, social justice, and sustainable development in Rajasthan's rural areas as well as among the urban poor. Students spend five - seven days engaged with a professional academic and research institution or NGO working in the field of development and social change. Diverse workshop sites are offered in the states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and the Sikkim Himalayas. A special feature of the program, the workshop is designed to give students practical and hands-on experience in development efforts. Additionally, travel outside Jaipur is an essential component of the program and offers students real-life contexts in which to evaluate development trends while becoming immersed in Indian culture. Excursions typically include visiting Bikaner and Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan, and Dehradun in the state of Uttarakhand. To further facilitate cultural immersion, students receive intensive daily language instruction in Hindi in a small-group format and take part in a six-week homestay in Jaipur.

Orientations

A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.   Students will participate in online orientation material prior to the mandatory group orientation prior to leaving Goucher for the semester prior to studying abroad.  Dates will be provided upon study abroad acceptance.


Additional Information and Links

Passport, Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs.  Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program.  Passports take time to process and need to be valid for six months after your return to the U.S.  Check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Please see the U S State Department section on passports

Health and Safety


You will be required to submit health forms signed by a health care provider prior to studying abroad.  Forms will be supplied when you are accepted. Please read the Health and Safety section of the Goucher OIS website for information regarding Health and Safety, Disability Support, Diversity Abroad, Safety and Security, and Insurance: 

Study Abroad Insurance

All students participating on Semester, Year or ICA Goucher programs will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan tailored to meet the needs of study abroad students. Students participating in Goucher semester programs will be billed $300.The insurance carrier is ACE American Insurance Company.
Prior to the start of the program abroad, OIS staff will register students for the insurance program. Students will receive information about how to use the health insurance policy from the Office of International Studies prior to departure for study abroad.

Students with Disabilities

Goucher encourages all students who meet our eligibility requirements to consider studying abroad.  OIS will work with you regarding any special needs you may have.  However, we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate all of your needs or interests.  More information can be found on the OIS Disabilities Support section of the website. 

Student Identity

Research the fact sheet for your location of interest on the U.S. State Department website for information on LGBTI rights, women travelers, safety and security, religious, and accessibility/mobility laws and information.

On the CIA World Factbook website, look for your host country’s page and research the “People and Society” section, where you can find the breakdown by ethnic group, religion, and race.

Refer to Goucher OIS section on Student Identity for additional resources for student identity. 


 

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SIT Study Abroad India: Sustainable Development and Social Change

Major Topics of StudyIndia

  • India’s transition: post-1990s
  • India’s polity and governance mechanisms   
  • Indian society and its marginalized communities
  • Rural and urban development: crisis, challenges, and response
  • Creating a roadmap for sustainability in India and radical ecological democracy (RED) 

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Program Structure

There is no "typical day"on an SIT program. Activities may take place on any day of the week and at any time of day to be in accordance with according to local norms and to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Thus, the schedule and structure of the program are likely very different from what students are used to on their home campuses. The semester progresses in phases:

  • The program begins with a thorough orientation.
  • During the first two and a half months of the program, students are engaged in foundational coursework, including:
    • thematic seminars, including education excursions,
    • language instruction focused on improving practical communication skills, and
    • a field research methods and ethics course that prepares students to conduct independent research.
  • For the last month of the program, students conduct an Independent Study Project (ISP) on an approved topic of their choosing. 
  • Finally, students present their project, participate in program evaluations, and prepare to return home.

What Makes SIT Unique

  • SIT Study Abroad offers a field-based, experiential approach to learning.
  • Each program has a small group of students (typically 10–35). 
  • On an SIT program, students gain high levels of access to many different stakeholders and experts relevant to the issues the program is examining. 
  • While some learning will be conducted at the SIT program center, extensive learning is done outside the classroom — in host communities, field stations, NGO headquarters, ecological sites, health clinics, and art studios.
  • Many students go on to use their Independent Study Projects as a basis for senior theses on their home campuses. Others use their undergraduate research and overall study abroad experience to successfully apply for fellowships such as Fulbrights and Watsons.

 




This program is currently not accepting applications.