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International Development: India

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Winter

Location:

Various cities in India

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

Good academic and disciplinary standing and demonstrated interest in the subject area

Application Due:

September 22, 2014

Program Cost:

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

The 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 is based in one of several cities throughout India. This program is designed for undergraduate students, graduate students and community members with related interests and experience.

Click here to read a recent article about the program in SPAN Magazine, an ezine published by the US Embassy in New Delhi.

Click PDFhere to see the India Winterim 2013-2014 trifold brochure (the brochure for the 2014-2015 session is coming soon!).

Academic Program

Pongal Festival, Pondicherry

Pongal Festival, Pondicherry

The India Winterim program allows students to explore their interests in art and architecture, biodiversity and sustainability, education, entrepreneurship, housing, performing arts, physical therapy, renewable energy, social work, water resources or other development issues in India. Specific courses vary each year. In 2013-2014, 79 students participated in 5 different courses. Each section is led by UI faculty and has its own disciplinary perspective. Students work with NGOs in India employing a diverse variety of techniques to address social issues.

The working language for all courses is English although you are sure to come away with a few new phrases in one of several local languages. And 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 and local NGO representatives, although most of the teaching/learning occurs outside the traditional classroom.


2014-2015 India Winterim Courses:

PDFSustainable Development in Kerala (Section 0001)
Professor Jerry Anthony, Urban & Regional Planning, and Professor David Osterberg, Occupational & Environmental Health

PDFRural Development, Environmental Protection and Empowering Women Through Solar Energy (Section 0002)
Professor Udaykumar, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Students Heading to School, Madurai

Students Heading to School, Madurai

PDFRehabilitation Medicine in India (Section 0003)
Professor John Yack, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, and Professor Linda Louko, Speech Pathology & Audiology

PDFTiger Conservation in India (Section 0004)
Professor Marc Linderman, Geography

PDFElder Care, Services to Children with Disabilities, Integral Community Building (Section 0005)
Professor Motiér Haskins, Social Work, and Ms. Karla Alvarez, Center for Diversity & Enrichment

PDFDiagnosing Diseases: Patient History and Physical Examination (Section 0006)
Professor Harald Stauss, Health & Human Physiology

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PDF Art and Architecture of India: Tradition, Social Practice and the Contemporary (Section 0007)
Professors Anita Jung and Susan White, Art & Art History

PDFPain, Palliative Medicine, and Hospice Care: Learning from Each Other (Section 0008)
Professor Joann Eland, Nursing

Observational Learning in Education and Rehabilitation Therapies (Section 0009) syllabus coming soon
Professor Mitch Kelly, Educational Psychology, and Professor Janine Kelly, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Cultural Activities

Excursions are a central part of the academic component of this program. Participants visit a variety of local NGO facilities (and engage with their clientele), hospitals, museums, temples 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 2014-2015 session are Saturday, December 27, 2014 – Saturday, January 17, 2015.

For More Information

Cory Petersen, Advisor and Program Coordinator
Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
cory-petersen@uiowa.edu

To set up an appointment, please call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353.

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

Course Locations

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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. Information about the host organization each course will be working with will be available soon.

Chennai
Delhi
Kochi
Madurai
Trivandrum
Udaipur

Travel Arrangements

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Auto-Rickshaw

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 free to make alternative plans if they prefer to do so. After students have been accepted and have submitted their confirmation documents to secure their place on the program, information will be given about how to book flights. Please do not purchase tickets until you receive this information.

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 may 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.

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.


Accommodation

Participants are housed two to a room in medium-range hotels and/or in NGO dorm-style guesthouses throughout the program. Lodging is included in the program fee, but students should plan to cover the cost of their own meals. All accommodations are located near reasonably priced restaurants. Internet access is typically available at all program sites.

Eligibility

Temple Elephant

Temple Elephant

The India Winterim program is open to students of all majors in good academic and disciplinary standing, and who have a clear interest and commitment to the program's subject matter. 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.

Students at other U.S. universities and community members may also apply.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for 2014-2015 is Monday, September 22, 2014.

How to Apply

campus

A link to Study Abroad's online application form will be available here on August 1st.

Next Steps

Once your application is received it will be reviewed by the Study Abroad office and your course instructor. You will be notified of your acceptance status by email shortly after the application deadline, and will also receive information about how to confirm your place in the course. By submitting 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 (for instructors, hotels, transportation, etc. arranged and paid in advance on your behalf). Details about flights, obtaining a tourist visa, orientation materials, and more will follow soon after your confirmation.

Important notice for students without a valid U.S. passport, or whose passport will expire before July 2015:

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 17, 2015. If your passport is not valid through July 2015 you will need to renew your passport before applying for a Tourist Visa to be able to enter India.

Expedited passport processing service is available (although this still takes several weeks and is expensive). Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.

Costs

2014-2015 Program Fees for Sections 1-6 and 8:
UI Participants: $3500
Non-UI Participants: $3700

2014-2015 Program Fees for Section 7 (Art & Art History):
UI Participants: $3700
Non-UI Participants: $3900

The program fee includes all educational and 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. Additionally, there is also a non-refundable application fee ($50) and a mandatory fee for Iowa Regents CISI Insurance healthcare coverage ($1.15 per day, or approximately $27) charged to participants' U-Bills.

The program fee does not include airfare (approximately $1850), meals (~$400), passport (~$135), Indian tourist visa ($70 plus shipping), immunizations (variable, but typically ~$200), and personal expenses ($300+).

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 2014-2015 cost sheet will be available in October 2014. The 2013-2014 cost sheet can be found below.

The cost sheet captures 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, although actual spending amounts may vary. Your home campus may need this information for financial aid purposes.

PDFIndia Winterim program cost sheet (2013-2014)

Withdrawal policy

Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to UI Study Abroad. 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 shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of program fee: $500
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of program fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of program fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of program fee: 100%

Funding

Students may be able to use financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) to cover some of the costs of the India Winterim program. Take a look at the Financial Aid section of our website for information on applying your aid package to study abroad, and speak with the Office of Student Financial Aid office to see what might be available to you.

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- Merit-based Short-Term study abroad scholarship (requires a 3.33 GPA or higher)

2- Need-based study abroad grant (for students who are eligible for financial aid, based on available FAFSA information)

3- Diversity Ambassador scholarship (see web site for details)

Other awards

4- Other University of Iowa awards

5- External Awards

6- Or a Google search for 'study abroad scholarships'!

If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact Cory Petersen at cory-petersen@uiowa.edu or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment.

Confirmation Materials

Once you've been accepted to the program (after the application deadline) you will find the forms you should complete and return to Study Abroad in order to confirm your place on the program here. An additional document is required for non-UI or non-degree students.

Passport

If you do not have a passport, please apply for one soon to ensure you receive it before the program begins. You can find more information about how to apply for or renew a passport on the Department of State’s web site.

Important notice for students without a valid U.S. passport, or whose passport will expire before July 2015:

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 17, 2015. If your passport is not valid through July 2015 you will need to renew your passport before applying for a Tourist Visa to be able to enter India.

Expedited passport processing service is available (although this still takes several weeks and is expensive). Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.

Visa

Program participants will need to apply for a *Tourist 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. Please do not apply for your visa until you receive instructions from Study Abroad.

Orientation

In-person orientation sessions will be scheduled for early November. Course instructors may also arrange additional orientation meetings specifically for their section.

Funding

You can find more information about funding options in the 'Costs' section under the 'Application' tab above.

If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact Cory Petersen at cory-petersen@uiowa.edu or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment.

Registration

You will need to register for this course on ISIS late in the fall semester. You will receive more information on the registration process from your study abroad advisor.

Students currently attending other universities will need to take the additional step of enrolling as a non-degree seeking student at the University of Iowa, and will receive more information about this process along with the registration information.

Vaccinations and Health/Safety

We will address many issues related to health and safety during the orientation sessions, but until then our general advice is that before you go abroad it is best to check with your doctor about any health concerns you have. Take a look at the Centers for Disease Control website for India-specific health information and visit either your doctor or the Travel Clinic at Student Health & Wellness for any vaccinations you might need.

Safety, too, is vital to your study abroad experience. While India is generally a very safe place, safety cannot be guaranteed anywhere. Take a look at the Health and Safety section of the Study Abroad website for some tips on staying safe abroad.