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India Winterim

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:



Various cities in India




• Clear Interest and Commitment

• Demonstrated Preparedness/Maturity

• Good Academic/Disciplinary Standing

• Completion of one semester of college-level study at the time of application

• Preferred: at least two prior semesters of college-level study at time of application

• Additional requirements per course description/syllabus

Application Due:

September 20, 2017

Program Cost:

Found in the 'Costs' section under the 'Application' tab.

India Winterim is an intensive, three-week field-based program that provides students with the opportunity to learn within India’s diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and geographical mosaic. Each course in the program is based in one of several locations throughout India. This program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students.

Pongal Festival, Pondicherry

Pongal Festival, Pondicherry

Academic Credit

Each India Winterim course provides 3 s.h. of University of Iowa resident credit.

2017-2018 India Winterim Courses:

Sustainable Development: The Kerala Experience
(Section 0001)
Professor Jerry Anthony, Urban and Regional Planning
Trivandrum & Kochi, Kerala

Water Poverty in Rural India: A Freshwater Crisis Case Study
(Section 0002)
Professor Allen Bradley, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Marian Muste, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Pain, Palliative Medicine, and Hospice Care: Learning from Each Other
(Section 0008)
Professor Ann Broderick, Internal Medicine, Carver College of Medicine
Professor Kashelle Lockman, Hospice and Palliative Care, College of Pharmacy
Trivandrum, Kerala
This course has been approved to count as an elective for Nursing students.

Observational Learning in Educational Settings in India
(Section 0009)
Dean Dan Clay, College of Education
Professor Mitchell Kelly, College of Education

Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness (NOE) II: Youth, Nutrition, and Foods of India
(Section 0010)
Professor Jill Smith, Management & Organizations, Tippie College of Business
Bangalore, Karnataka

Cultural Activities

Excursions are a central part of the academic component of this program. Participants visit a variety of museums, temples, resorts, and other significant historical, cultural and environmental sites.

Program Dates

This program takes place during the University of Iowa's winter session. Specific dates vary by year.

The program dates for the 2017-2018 session are Wednesday, December 27, 2017 – Sunday, January 14, 2018.

These dates do include time for air travel between the U.S. and India. See the Logistics tab above for more details on travel arrangements.

For More Information


for more information about the program.

To set up an appointment with an India Winterim advisor, please call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm). The receptionist who answers the phone can help you schedule an appointment.

Study Abroad does not take same day appointments.

Course Locations


Program sites vary by year, but each course is typically based in one of the following cities. Take a look at the following links for information about each of the host cities.


Online Resources

UI Students at the Taj Mahal Gate, Agra

UI Students at the Taj Mahal Gate, Agra

National Portal of India
Tour India
Lonely Planet: India
The Guardian: India
Maps of India

Travel Arrangements



After students have been accepted and have submitted their confirmation documents to secure their place on the program, information will be sent out about how to book flights. Do not purchase tickets until you receive this information from the Study Abroad office.

Students will fly to an airport near their course’s program site. The University of Iowa will help to arrange a suggested group flight. Students are strongly discouraged from using an alternative travel itinerary. If you would like to use an alternative travel itinerary, please contact India Winterim at

Students participating in the suggested group flight will be picked up from the destination airport and taken to their program site; they will also be taken back to the airport at the end of the program. Students making their own flight arrangements to/from India will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements to their program site from the airport, as well as any additional costs associated with their independent travel.

During the program local travel is arranged by the program staff and is typically on trains and private buses. The costs for all program-related travel in India are covered by the program fee.

Policy on Independent Travel To/From India

For safety and logistical reasons, we strongly recommend that students fly on the suggested group flight. If you choose to make your own plans and purchase your tickets separately from the suggested group flight, you are certainly free to do so. If you do make your own plans, it is important that you arrive in India on the same day as the group flight, and arrange to arrive as close as possible to the time that the group flight arrives. It is absolutely essential that you arrive at the same airport as the group flight.

If you do arrive separately from the group flight, you will be responsible for any additional costs associated with having the Indian host organization pick you up at the airport and transport you to the program site.  Depending on your arrival time, these additional costs can be significant. It may also be necessary for you to wait at the airport for a significant amount of time before the host organization can pick you up.

If you plan to arrive separately from the group flight, please send a copy of your flight itinerary to India Winterim at so that Study Abroad can make arrangements for your separate arrival.

Arriving Early or Staying Late for Independent Travel

For safety reasons we do not recommend that students undertake solo travel while in India, especially in a location they are unfamiliar with. In addition, we want to be clear that the Study Abroad office is helping to facilitate the visa, financial aid, health insurance, and other aspects of travel strictly for program participation, not for independent vacation travel.

We expect students to arrive with the group or make alternate travel plans to meet up with the group at the same arrival time. Students who arrive separately will need to make alternate arrangements to meet up with the group, which will include covering expenses such as additional nights of hotel stay and/or additional fees for transportation to and from the airport. Students who arrive late for the program could also receive a reduced grade if the course instructor determines that the student missed academic components of the program.

Finally, it is important to note that the international health insurance policy provided by Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) will only provide coverage for the time period between the official program start and end dates. If you plan to arrive early or stay after the end of the program and would like insurance coverage, you will need to make arrangements for that additional insurance coverage independently. If you are interested, please visit our CISI health insurance information site for more details.

Study Abroad encourages all India Winterim students to arrive close to the time that the designated group flight will arrive at its destination airport, and to meet up with the group as soon as possible. This is the only recommendation our office can give to seek to protect both students' personal safety and our office’s liability for your safety.


Participants are housed two to a room in medium-range hotels and/or guesthouses. Lodging is included in the program fee, but participants cover the cost of their own meals. Meals are often provided on-site by the program hosts; when this is not feasible, lodging is provided near reasonably-priced restaurants. Internet access is typically available at all program sites, though it can be significantly slower than typical internet speeds in the U.S.



Required and Preferred Selection Criteria

The India Winterim program is open to students of all majors who fulfill the following requirements:

  • Clear interest and commitment- Students must demonstrate a clear academic or personal interest in the program’s subject matter, and a commitment to engage responsibly in coursework abroad.
  • Preparedness and Maturity- Students must demonstrate preparedness to take on the heightened responsibilities associated with international study and travel. Students must demonstrate a commitment to behave responsibility abroad while respecting cultural differences. Students are expected to obey both local laws and program directives conveyed to participants before and during the program. The University of Iowa Code of Student Life applies to all program participants while abroad.
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing- Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa, or at another US college or university where the applicant is enrolled in a degree program. Students placed on either academic or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad on a University of Iowa program. Academic and disciplinary history will also be considered when determining whether a student is prepared to represent the University of Iowa as part of the India Winterim program.
  • Completion of at least one semester of college level study prior to the start of the program - First-year student applicants should be prepared to provide at least two academic references when submitting their application materials.
  • Physical activity requirements- Some scheduled activities may require the ability to traverse rough terrain in warm or hot weather (approximately 70-95 degrees and sometimes in direct sun). To discuss these requirements, as well as reasonable accommodations or alternative activities, please contact
  • Additional requirements - Some India Winterim courses have additional eligibility requirements. Please contact India Winterim at for more information on the specific requirements related to your course.

In addition to the requirements above, preference is given to applicants who:

  • Have completed at least two prior semesters of college-level study- Students who have already completed at least two semesters of college-level study at the time of submitting their India Winterim application are preferred.

Participants who are enrolled at institutions other than the University of Iowa

Students who attend institutions other than the University of Iowa must also contact their home school study abroad office to review any additional study abroad requirements.

Additional notes on eligibility

  • Some courses may attract a greater number of applicants than the course is able to accommodate.
  • Students at other U.S. universities may also apply. Please note the additional fees for non-UI students listed in the Costs heading below.

Application Deadline

The priority application deadline is August 1, 2017. Students are encouraged to apply by this date to speed up the application review and formal acceptance process, and to facilitate early purchase of plane tickets.

The final application deadline for all other courses is September 20, 2017.

You can find more information about each of this year’s courses under the Program tab above.

How to Apply

University of Iowa students

The online application form will be available beginning June 1, 2017 until September 20, 2017.

University of Iowa students should submit their application using the UI student Study Abroad online application system. Select the India Winterim program from the drop down menu, then select the specific course you would like to apply for.

In order to submit a complete application, you will also need to submit the following supplemental documents:

  • Statements of Purpose: A series of short, 100-300 word essays outlining your academic and personal objectives and preparation for your time abroad.
  • A copy of your Completed Grades report from MyUI. First-Year Graduate Students only: In addition to your Completed Grades from MyUI, please also upload a scan of your undergraduate transcript(s). An unofficial copy is acceptable.
  • A scan of your passport, OR indicate that you are applying for a passport. If you already have a passport, please check the expiration date to be sure it is valid through July 15, 2018 (see explanation below under Next Steps).
  • If you do not have a passport or you need to renew it, please do so immediately and request expedited processing. You need to have your passport in Iowa City by the week of October 16 to apply for your visa.  

Students Graduating in December 2017

UI students who will graduate immediately before participating in the program (at the end of the fall 2017 semester) must follow the Non-Degree Student application process, including paying the $200 additional fee.

Non-degree students are not eligible to receive UI financial aid and scholarships.

Please contact India Winterim at if you have questions.

Students from outside of the University of Iowa, and non-degree students

Non-UI and non-degree students will complete the PDFNon-UI Student Paper Application Form for India Winterim, attach supplemental materials (including official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, a copy of the information page of your passport OR indicate that you have applied for a passport, the Statements of Purpose document, and the Home School Authorization form, and submit all of these materials to UI Study Abroad by mail using the address listed on the application form.

Next Steps

Once your application is received it will be reviewed by the Study Abroad office and your course instructors. You will be notified of your acceptance status by email within a few weeks, and will also receive information about how to confirm your place in the course.

The final confirmation deadline is 5:00pm on Wednesday, October 11. By submitting the confirmation documents, you are indicating that you accept full responsibility for any withdrawal penalty fees that may be assessed to your U-Bill if you later decide to withdraw your place in the course for any reason.

The withdrawal penalty fees cover expenses for instructors, staff, hotels, transportation, etc. that have been arranged and paid in advance on your behalf. Details about flights, obtaining a visa, orientation materials, and more will follow soon after your confirmation.

What happens if my course fills up?

If the course you apply for fills you will be contacted to discuss alternate options, including waitlisting or possible placement in another India Winterim course.

An additional note for students without a valid passport:

Those without valid passports should apply for a new passport or a passport renewal as early as possible.

Those with valid passports should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad, i.e., through July 15, 2018. If your passport is not valid through July 15, 2018 you will need to renew your passport before applying for the Tourist Visa you will need to enter India.

Expedited processing service is available for U.S. passports (although this still takes several weeks and is at an additional cost). Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.


2017-2018 Course Fee for All Sections:

For UI Participants: $3100

For students who attend other universities, or University of Iowa students graduating in December 2017: $3300

The course fee includes all educational and on-site administrative costs, orientation, accommodation, program-related transportation in India, translators and field guides, excursions, and cultural programs. Higher fees may apply for some sections to reflect higher costs of accommodation and services in certain locations.

Course fees are charged to the student’s U-Bill shortly before the program begins and are due per the instructions provided by the University of Iowa Billing Office.

The following items are not included in the course fee:

Costs charged to the U-Bill (in addition to the Course Fee)

  • Application fee ($50, Charged when the program application is submitted.)
  • Study Abroad Administrative Fe ($559, The Study Abroad Administrative Fee is subject to change - see the Study Abroad Administrative Fees section below for more information - Charged shortly before the program begins.)
  • CISI health insurance (approx. $25, Charged shortly before the program begins.)

Costs charged separately from the U-Bill

  • Round trip airfare from Chicago (approximately $1800, Paid by student by early November)
  • Required travel insurance (approx. $80, Paid by student by early November)
  • Food (approx. $350, Paid by student at their discretion while abroad)
  • Passport (approx. $135, Paid by student when passport application is submitted, timing varies)
  • Visa (approx. $300, Paid by student when visa application is submitted, deadline TBD)
  • Passport-sized photos for visa (approx. $20, Paid by student upon purchase)
  • Medical Exam/Immunizations (variable, but typically $200, Paid by student as needed by mid-December)
  • Laundry (variable, but typically $50, Paid by student as needed while abroad)
  • Personal expenses (approx. $300+, Paid by student as needed while abroad)

Total estimated cost of participation: $6,969

Study Abroad Administrative Fees

University of Iowa study abroad administrative fees are included for all participants. They are based on tuition set by the Iowa Board of Regents. Please check the Costs of Study Abroad page for more information on these administrative fees.

Program Cost Sheet

The cost sheet reflects the best possible estimate for all costs a participant on this program will be responsible for, including fees paid to UI as well as out-of-pocket costs and personal expenses. Actual spending amounts may vary from individual to individual. Your home campus may need this information for financial aid purposes.

PDFIndia Winterim 2017-18 Section 0001 Cost Sheet

PDFIndia Winterim 2017-18 Section 0002 Cost Sheet

PDFIndia Winterim 2017-18 Section 0008 Cost Sheet

PDFIndia Winterim 2017-18 Section 0009 Cost Sheet

PDFIndia Winterim 2017-18 Section 0010 Cost Sheet

Withdrawal Policy

Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the Study Abroad office at the University of Iowa. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If, for any reason, you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa- this amount will automatically charged to your Ubill on the date you withdraw from the program.

In some cases, it may be possible to appeal these charges to request a reduction in the late withdrawal fees. Please contact India Winterim at India Winterim for more information.

Please note that the amounts listed below apply to the 2016-2017 session of the India Winterim program. These fees may change during future sessions.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Between the confirmation date and October 20, 2017 Portion of Study Abroad fee: $400
Portion of Course Fees: $100
Between October 21, 2017 and October 30, 2017 Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100%
Portion of Course Fees: 50%
Between October 31, 2017 and November 24, 2017 Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100%
Portion of Course Fees: 75%
On or after November 25, 2017 Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100%
Portion of Course Fees: 100%

Financial Aid & Scholarships

University of Iowa students may be able to use financial aid and scholarships to cover some of the costs of the India Winterim program. Take a look at the Financial Aid section of the Study Abroad web site for information on applying your aid package to study abroad, and speak with the Office of Student Financial Aid to find out what might be available to you.

Students from outside of the University of Iowa should contact study abroad office at their home university for information on financial aid options.

Students who graduate in December 2017 and non-degree seeking students are generally not eligible to receive financial aid or scholarships of any kind.

All students- Before you apply for any scholarship, please review the Suggestions for Scholarship Applications section of our website for valuable tips on making a successful application!

Do I need to be accepted to the program before I can apply for scholarships?

No! You should apply for aid as soon as you’re sure that you want to participate in this program, rather than waiting to get accepted to the program. You may not get officially accepted to the program until after many scholarship/grant applications are due, so if you wait until you’re accepted to apply for aid you will have missed your chance to get that award. It’s best to apply for any source of aid that you’re eligible for as soon as you’re sure you want to participate in the program and then, if it happens that you are awarded a scholarship/grant and you decide not to study abroad, your award would just be cancelled and not disbursed to you.

Study Abroad Awards

Please watch this page! We will update this page as more scholarships become available for the 2017-2018 session of the India Winterim program.

The Study Abroad office offers several scholarships and grants for Winter session programs. The awards listed below are available to University of Iowa students studying on the India Winterim program:

1- Need-Based grants (For students in good academic standing, and who current year FAFSA has been processed by UI Office of Student Financial Aid)

2- International Student Study Abroad Scholarship (See web page for details)

3- Diversity Ambassador Scholarship (see web page for details)

4- Iowa Abroad Scholarship(For Iowa resident students who began studying at the University of Iowa in Fall 2015 or later- see web page for details)

Other UI-affiliated awards

5- Other University of Iowa awards

6- Bijou Horizons - FilmScene (see web page for details)

7- Sally and Ken Mason Travel Grants (see web page for details)

Awards from organizations outside of the University of Iowa

(Note that when searching for financial aid from organizations outside of the University of Iowa, it's always best to be safe. Be sure to take a look at these tips to avoid scams before you apply!)

8- External Awards

9- NAFSA’s U.S. Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List

10- IIE Passport's Study Abroad Funding page

11- U.S. Department of Labor's scholarship finder


13- Or try a Google search for 'study abroad scholarships'!

Finally, if you’re having trouble writing scholarship essays, you may want to contact the UI Writing Center for a helping hand!

If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact India Winterim at or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).

Confirmation of Participation

If you have been accepted to a course for the 2017-18 India Winterim program, you must print and complete the Confirmation of Participation form included below.

Student who applied to India Winterim by the September 20th deadline must submit a completed Confirmation of Participation form to UI Study Abroad (UCC 1111) by October 11, 2017. Please carefully read the Withdrawal Policy information included on the Confirmation of Participation before signing the form. You must also print and sign the India Winterim Conduct Agreement for Students included below.

India Winterim 2017-18 Confirmation of Participation & Withdrawal Policy - September 20 DeadlinePDF
PDFIndia Winterim Conduct Agreement for Students - September 20 Deadline

You are also encouraged to complete the PDFMedical Preparation Guide for International Travel and consult with your physician prior to travel. This document can serve as a guide to help you discuss your health needs with your physician and plan for your care abroad. Please do not submit this form to Study Abroad.

In addition, students should review the following:

Iowa Regents CISI Health Insurance Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Health Information for Travelers to India

UI Financial Aid Information


In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. See below for more information.

Program-Specific Orientation

This in-person orientation will be facilitated by your Study Abroad advisor and faculty leaders will cover content specific to your program and host country. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.

Orientations for 2017-2018 will be held from 6-7:30 PM on October 25 in Schaeffer Hall 140 OR on October 26 in Schaeffer Hall 40. You only need to attend ONE orientation, the same information is presented at both sessions.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email



If you do not have a passport or you need to renew it, please do so immediately and request expedited processing. You need to have your passport in Iowa City by the week of October 16 to apply for your visa.

If you currently have a passport, confirm that it does not expire until July 15, 2018 or later.

If you do not have a passport or if your passport expires before July 15, 2018, please apply for one immediately. U.S. citizens can find more information about how to apply for or renew a passport on the U.S. Department of State’s website.


Program participants will need to apply for a visa in order to enter India. After students have been accepted and have submitted their confirmation documents to secure their place on the program, Study Abroad will provide information about the visa application process. Do not apply for your visa until you receive instructions from Study Abroad.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, it is important that you contact your Study Abroad advisor at to discuss your visa application process as soon as possible.

Transportation to India

After students have been accepted and have submitted their confirmation documents to secure their place on the program, Study Abroad will provide information about a suggested airline itinerary. Students are strongly encouraged to take part in this flight and not make their own, independent flight arrangements. Do not purchase plane tickets until you receive instructions from Study Abroad.