Looking for a top spot to study contemporary India? Head to Pune! You can celebrate traditional Indian festivals in the old city, learn classical Indian music and dance, or find yourself in a maze of magnificent historical architecture. At the same time, Pune is a youthful and progressive city with a growing music and art scene and an established development hub. This balance of city life, an international landscape, and uniquely Indian roots attract scholars and practitioners from all over India and the world. In Pune, you not only study contemporary India—you live it.
Center for International Programs Study Abroad Grant
The Contemporary India program takes an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the pressing issues facing Indian society, politics, economics, and culture today. This 15-credit semester is comprised of a required core course (Contemporary India) and a required field component
plus three electives. For the field component, students choose from three options - an internship, directed research, or documentary film - all of which take learning outside of the classroom and into local communities in Pune.
A limited number of "electives" are offered in a variety of subject areas, including Beginner's Hindi. At least one elective must be directly related to the student's internship, directed research, or documentary film. Not all electives may be offered in a given semester depending on enrollment and faculty availability, and all are worth three credits each.
Housing and Meals
Students are placed with carefully selected host families throughout the city. Arrangements for meals vary among housing placements. Indian cuisine is generally vegetarian, though some meat dishes are available in Pune. Breakfasts on weekdays are provided at the Alliance program center, lunches are eaten out, and dinner is served at home.
In addition to the program's required field component, students can participate in community-based learning, volunteering, and program-sponsored cultural excursions.
Students should consult the Budget Sheets at the top of this page for estimated program costs. For the most up-to-date cost information, please visit your Program Website. In addition, before choosing to study abroad in another country for anywhere from three to six months, you should consider the exchange rate
of your host country as well as the cost of living
in the city where you will be.
Please apply for this program before applying for the CIP Study Abroad Grant (due November 15th or March 15th). Use the 'Featured Program
' Search to apply to this grant.
Department of Asian Studies Scholarship
A limited number of scholarships are available to Asian Studies majors and minors for study in Asia, through SJU approved programs at The Beijing Center in China or Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, or through a petition program in Asia. Preference is given to Asian Studies majors and minors, but others are welcome to apply. Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Find out more information on the Department website
, or by contacting Dr. David Carpenter
or Dr. Susan Andrews
for an application.
Things to Remember Before Applying
- You must meet with a CIP advisor before submitting your application.
- A limited number of completed applications will be approved on a first-come, first serve basis, per the Semester Abroad Policy.
- This program requires a separate, on-line application to be submitted directly to them. Please refer to their website for deadlines and application requirements.
- If approved by the CIP, you will be required to submit a non-refundable $300 Confirmation deposit WITHIN 10 BUSINESS DAYS of approval notice.