The University of Iowa’s Semester in South India Program is open to UI and other U.S. undergraduate students and takes place at the Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS) in Mysore. Students live in their facilities and may take classes on a variety of topics related to Indian culture, society and development. Courses are complemented by weekly visits to sites such as local NGOs, health clinics, women's organizations, village government centers, and organic farms and throughout their coursework, students participate in service-learning projects and internships to gain hands-on experience with the topics discussed in the classroom. In addition, field trips and cultural activities are organized by the program including a week long trip through the state of Karnataka. Two weeks for independent travel are also built into the program.
In this video, past University of Iowa participants from 2011 share their experiences studying, traveling and participating in service learning on the Semester in South India program.
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For more information, visit the program page.