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  • Locations: Pune, India
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: IFSA-Butler 
  • Restrictions: Skidmore applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Hindi Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.75
Program Features: Academic Program Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Homestay
Departmental Approval: Asian Studies, Political Science, Religion Language Requirement: No
Credit Type: Transfer Credit Non-Skidmore Student: No
Click here for a definition of this term Class Year: 02- Sophomore, 03- Junior, 04- Senior
Program Description:

Study in India: Field Experien
Geotag  Pune, India

Head to Pune to see for yourself what makes contemporary India so exhilarating. 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. Our centrally located program center provides easy access to nearby shops, restaurants, entertainment, and transportation throughout the city. A balance of city life, an international landscape, and uniquely Indian roots attracts scholars and practitioners from all over India and the world.

Like our standard IFSA Study in India option, this program is designed to pull you into everyday life in modern India—with the extra benefit of an added month for intensive experiential learning.

Count on our amazing Pune team to learn about your goals and interests, and help you pursue an internship, independent study, or directed research endeavor that will build valuable skills, set your resume apart, and give you a unique connection with Indian culture. Ideal for students looking for personal challenge and a completely new environment with an interest in public health, international relations, development studies, or social justice. 

Our IFSA Study in India: Field Experience program provides an opportunity to become part of a rich legacy of student-scholars observing, engaging with, and learning from communities in and around Pune. All students will complete an intensive field-based learning experience, conducted during the final month of the semester abroad. In addition to the required class, choose 4 - 5 elective classes taught by local experts in global and public health domains as well as Indian culture, politics, and economics.

  • Internship, Directed Research, or Independent Study
  • Essential Hindi: Essential Hindi is taught intensively during the first two weeks of the semester for those students without a Hindi language background. (1 U.S. semester credit hour)
  • Beginning Hindi I
  • Development Economics
  • Epidemiology
  • Gender and Indian Media
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • National Health Policy in India
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Social Justice Theory and Practice
  • The World’s Largest Democracy
  • Understanding India Through Its Art
Please visit IFSA Study in India: Field Experience on the IFSA website for complete class descriptions and syllabi. 

Program activities are designed to enhance your intercultural competence by developing your understanding of the local culture and people. Activities are optional, but they are included in your total program fee. They vary each term based on availability, but activities may include: 
  • Expressive Culture Classes
  • Heritage Indoor Games
  • Cooking an Indian Meal
  • Diwali/Holi Lunch
  • Know Your City
IFSA excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. They vary each term based on availability, but excursions may include:
  • Wai & Mahabaleshwar Trip
  • Village Velhe Visit
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  • Academic Support
  • Administrative Fees and Applications Fees
  • Airport Pickup
  • Activities and Excursions (including transportation and meals)
  • Guaranteed Housing
  • International Medical Insurance
  • Internet Access in Housing
  • Internship, Directed Research, and Volunteer Opportunities (on many programs)
  • Meals (on some programs)
  • Official Transcript with U.S. Credit Translation
  • On-site Orientation
  • On-site Staff Support (including in-person meetings and emergencies)
  • Pre-arrival Advising
  • Tuition

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2023 03/15/2023 ** Rolling Admission 08/20/2023 12/10/2023

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.