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
September 20, 2017
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 from and directly interact with leading social entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and academic institutions 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.
Click to see the India Winterim 2016-2017 trifold brochure.The India Winterim 2017-18 trifold brochure will be posted in late spring or early summer 2017.
Pongal Festival, Pondicherry
The India Winterim program allows students to explore their interests in a variety of settings in India. Each section is led by one or more UI faculty and has its own disciplinary perspective, for example: healthcare, engineering, education, business practices, social work, sustainability of natural resources, art and architecture, and others. Specific courses vary each year, see below for more information. In 2016-2017, 85 students participated in 5 different courses. Students work with Indian partner organizations employing a variety of techniques to address social issues.
The working language for all courses is English although students are sure to come away with a few new phrases in one of several local languages. While each course is different, the weeks in India are devoted to learning about and developing solutions to real-world problems. The courses are taught through a combination of lectures given by University of Iowa professors, local representatives of partner organizations, and invited guest speakers, and most of the teaching/learning occurs outside the traditional classroom.
Graduate student applicants should contact the faculty leader of the course they are applying for to clarify what additional assignments or assessments they will need to complete for graduate level work.
Each India Winterim course provides 3 s.h. of University of Iowa resident credit.
Excursions are a central part of the academic component of this program. Participants visit a variety of local partner facilities (and engage with their clientele), and nearby hospitals, museums, temples, resorts, and other significant historical, cultural and environmental sites.
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.
Senior Advisor & Program Coordinator, Study Abroad
University of Iowa
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242
To set up an appointment, please call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (M-F, 8-5). The receptionist who answers the phone can help you schedule an appointment. Study Abroad does not take same day appointments.
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.Chennai
UI Students at the Taj Mahal Gate, Agra
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 Cory Petersen at email@example.com
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.
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 Cory Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org so that Study Abroad can make arrangements for your separate arrival.
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 of partner organizations. 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.
The India Winterim program is open to students of all majors who fulfill the following requirements:
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.
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.
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:
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 Cory Petersen at email@example.com if you have questions.
Non-UI and non-degree students will complete the Non-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.
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.
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.
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.
The final course fees will be posted by late summer or early fall 2017. Course fees for the Winter 2017-2018 session are expected to be similar to the fees for the Winter 2016-2017 session, but students should expect a modest increase of $300 - $500.
For UI Participants: $3000
For students who attend other universities, or University of Iowa students graduating in December 2016: $3200
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 Ubill 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:
Total estimated cost of participation: $6620
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.
Cost sheets for the Winter 2017-2018 session will be added here by late fall 2017. The 2016-2017 cost sheets can be found below.
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.
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 Cory Petersen at Cory Petersen 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%
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 scholars?
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.
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
6- Bijou Horizons - FilmScene (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!)
12- 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 Cory Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).
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. Students who applied to India Winterim by the priority application deadline of August 1, 2017 must submit a completed Confirmation of Participation form to UI Study Abroad (UCC 1111) by September 1, 2017. Please carefully read the Withdrawal Policy information included on the Confirmation of Participation before signing the form.India Winterim 2017-18 Confirmation of Participation & Withdrawal Policy - Priority Deadline Applicants
You are also encouraged to complete the Medical 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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your visa application process as soon as possible.
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.