The Duke Semester in India provides students with an intense, immersive experience through which they will study health, poverty and conservation in the classroom and in the field.
The program is divided into two seven-week segments. The first takes place in Udaipur, a city of 600,000 in the Indian state of Rajasthan. There, students will study development, poverty and rural health, studying and researching both in the city and rural villages. They will live with families in Udaipur and in the villages, as well as work with local university students who will act as guides and translators on class research assignments.
Then, students will travel to Bangalore, a city of 4.3 million in the Indian state of Karnataka, where they will study conservation, the environment and their interaction with health and health systems. They will have the opportunity to experience actual fieldwork through multi-day stays in wildlife preserves, tiger reserves and national parks. While there, they will participate in assignments related to conservation and health, interacting with both indigenous populations and local wildlife.
At the same time, students will discover Indian culture and people. How much spice can you take in your food? How do Indians celebrate holidays? How come there are so many palaces and forts? Why are the languages so completely different in Udaipur (Hindi) and Bangalore (Kanada)?
Through immersion both in and out of the classroom, students will get a close look at how the environment and poverty affect individuals and society. It is a different experience that a student might have on other study away programs. It might also be life changing.
Duke Semester in India in the news:
Duke Global Health news story: https://globalhealth.duke.edu/media/news/new-semester-abroad-india-program-complements-global-health-major
Also from Duke Global: https://global.duke.edu/geo-launches-program-india